Wildlife

Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?
Can a wildlife refuge help a community’s fight for environmental justice?
In Albuquerque’s South Valley, activists are happy for more green space but worry about gentrification.
What the narwhal can tell us about the climate crisis
What the narwhal can tell us about the climate crisis
An analysis of the species’ 10-foot-long tusk shows an accumulation of mercury and a change in diet as sea ice retreats.
A punchy cougar; wildlife comms; covid-safe hugs
A punchy cougar; wildlife comms; covid-safe hugs
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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.
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
The U.S. is skirting conservation laws and withdrawing millions of gallons of groundwater.
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
To understand the evolving marine environment, scientists look to the seabirds.
Grizzlies and the limits of coexistence
Grizzlies and the limits of coexistence
A rancher weighs the fate of wildlife and human encroachment in his new book.
Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages
Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages
The key mission of the Refuge System — to protect and restore wildlife habitat — may be falling by the wayside.
Influx of grizzly bears compels Montanans to adapt
Influx of grizzly bears compels Montanans to adapt
From electric fences to special garbage cans, rural communities find new tools to help them coexist with bears.
California condors reach recovery milestone
California condors reach recovery milestone
With a population of over 100 in central California, the species could soon be downlisted.
How an Arrow Lakes elk hunt became a case of tribal recognition
How an Arrow Lakes elk hunt became a case of tribal recognition
Rick Desautel shot an elk to prove the Sinixt descendants are not legally ‘extinct.’ Now the Supreme Court of Canada will decide.
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Hunters are critical for game management, but the spread of CWD means some may put down the rifle.
Skoolies; preservation vs. profit; forest therapy
Skoolies; preservation vs. profit; forest therapy
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Killing Bullwinkle: Big money and controversy surround Western trophy hunts
Killing Bullwinkle: Big money and controversy surround Western trophy hunts
Wealthy hunters pay top dollar for desired hunts, padding Fish and Game budgets and prodding resistance.
BLM chief’s wild horse fixation distracts from the real threats to public land
BLM chief’s wild horse fixation distracts from the real threats to public land
Species extinction, near-constant wildfire and widespread drought are a few dangers William Perry Pendley might consider instead.
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
New research suggests that the introduced wild donkeys may benefit native species, but the National Park Service wants to remove them.
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