Wildlife

Is a big win for conservation a blow to climate action?
Is a big win for conservation a blow to climate action?
As extinction and climate crises loom, the Great American Outdoors Act and recreation industry continue to rely on oil money.
A really strong net helps save Puget Sound’s black bears
A really strong net helps save Puget Sound’s black bears
As human population increases, encounters with bears have become more common.
Yellowstone grizzlies keep endangered species protections
Yellowstone grizzlies keep endangered species protections
A court ruling disallows sport hunting the bears in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The wildness is in me, too
The wildness is in me, too
People were excluded from the wild, historically, and in today’s rapidly digitizing West.
Is shed hunting ethical?
Is shed hunting ethical?
A Utah conservationist weighs the hobby’s popularity with its moral stakes.
Deer dinner; tree dates; boulder dimensions
Deer dinner; tree dates; boulder dimensions
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Oregon elk vex landowners and game managers
Oregon elk vex landowners and game managers
The herds are wary of recreationalists, unwelcome at the refuge and eating into profits.
The mystery of mountain lions
The mystery of mountain lions
Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals.
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Should democracy take over where science ends?
Trump’s gas wells in Wyoming would block pronghorn migration
Trump’s gas wells in Wyoming would block pronghorn migration
The 170-mile route has been traveled for 6,000 years. Conservation groups are trying to prevent 3,500 new wells from severing it.
The next threat to bees? Organized crime.
The next threat to bees? Organized crime.
As bee numbers decline while facing increasing demand, hive thefts ravage California’s Central Valley and beyond.
A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature
A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature
A behavioral ecologist breaks down the importance of an adorable wildlife clip.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reintroduces bighorn sheep on tribal lands
For the first time in roughly 100 years, the species returns to historic habitat.
The poet on the garbage crew
The poet on the garbage crew
In ‘Vantage,’ Taneum Bambrick digs for refuse along the Columbia River.
Tom Udall: It’s past time we confront the climate and nature crises
Tom Udall: It’s past time we confront the climate and nature crises
For our survival, we can look to my father’s vision as an alternative to our current path.
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
The new rule would legalize the unintentional killing of birds by energy companies and other industries.
Tumbleweed mayhem; maggot farmers; cowboy shrimp
Tumbleweed mayhem; maggot farmers; cowboy shrimp
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Pay to play: Interior Secretary’s old clients spend big and profit bigly
Pay to play: Interior Secretary’s old clients spend big and profit bigly
‘Under Bernhardt, the Interior Department appears to have priced access to our nation’s resources at $30 million and counting.’
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
With human impacts felt everywhere, we need a new environmental ethic.
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Sergio Avila, known prominently for his jaguar research, shifted his focus to equity in the outdoors.
What threatens the black-footed ferret?
What threatens the black-footed ferret?
Biologists are trying to understand why the species continues to disappear in the West.
When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate
When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate
In Island Park, Idaho, a fight over roadkill became a referendum on government control.
The modern West: a roundup of our best photos of the year
The modern West: a roundup of our best photos of the year
In 2019, photographers captured nuance in the people and places around the region.
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