No More Crying Wolf in Washington

“Where winter wolves bark amid wastes of snow and ice-clad trees.” (Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.” 1855.) For almost eighty years wolves were absent from the Cascade Mountains. In 2008, gray wolves began recolonizing the northwestern United States and reestablishing packs in Washington. Five years later, the University of Washington and Washington Department of Fish …

Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction …

Livestock Grazing and the Greater Sage-Grouse

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is an icon of the western United States. Its conservation status has been steeped in controversy for many years, as various groups petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) eight times since 1999 to list the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, in September 2015 the decades …

Hunter Harvest Provides Data for Monitoring Moose in Montana

Moose populations are susceptible to large population swings in the southern extent of their range, including the Shiras subspecies in Montana’s Rocky Mountain west. Here hunter harvest levels have been slowly declining over the past two decades, with state issued permits dropping 40% from 1995 to 2010. The shared concern of hunters and state wildlife …

Montana to Use Bitterroot Elk Research in Management

After years of evaluating elk survival and recruitment in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, state officials are planning the next steps for managing the area’s elk herd. Earlier this year, the University of Montana and the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MTFWP) published the study’s scientific findings and management recommendations in a final report. This …

Issue of the Week: Yellowstone Bison Management

By the late 1800s, the North American bison was nearly extinct. In 1902, the two dozen bison left in Yellowstone National Park were some of the only remaining in the wild. Thanks to a massive national restoration effort, the species has recovered to around 20,000 today. The bison, one of America’s greatest conservation success stories, …

Weekly Update: Montana Moose Project

SCI Foundation has partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) on its moose population monitoring project. Moose populations in the Rocky Mountain West have experienced declines over the past two decades. In Montana, observed drops in harvest rates are causing concern. The objectives of the study are to evaluate the most cost-effective means to …

Weekly Update: Montana Bitterroot Elk Project

  In 2011, SCI Foundation partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the University of Montana to investigate the influence of predation, habitat and nutrition on elk population dynamics in the southern Bitterroot Valley. After four years, the research is complete. There are some important outcomes that are being used to change regulations and …

Weekly Update: Sheep Tag Up for Auction

7-Day Bighorn Sheep Hunt on the Fort Belknap Indian Community Reservation with Redbone Outfitting The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council is partnering with Bud Martin at Redbone Outfitting and SCI Foundation to auction off a one-hunter Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep hunt! Here is an extremely rare chance to get your hands on a Rocky Mountain …

The Bitterroot Elk Project: Spring 2013 Progress Report

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the University of Montana have completed the second year of a three-year project, in partnership with SCI Foundation, investigating the influence of predation, habitat and nutrition on elk population dynamics in the southern Bitterroot Valley. As they approach the end of the second year of intensive elk survival monitoring, they …