- Nov 26, 2015
Grizzly Bears, Dreaming and the Frontier of Wonder
Grizzly bears have been slowing down in recent weeks and denning for the winter. Hibernation comes in the nick of time, as grizzly bears in Yellowstone have been dying in droves this year (link). A few may stay up for a few more weeks or even a month, pursuing the dangerous practice of feeding on gut piles during the late season elk hunts in places such as Jackson Hole. I am keeping my fingers crossed hoping that these resourceful late-hibernating bears stay safe. For the one
- Nov 19, 2015
Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?
The Yellowstone Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) meetings of November 3-4 in Teton Village, Wyoming, featured a fascinating analysis by Gregg Losinski of the Idaho Fish and Game Department of recent media coverage about grizzly bears. Among other things, his presentation shed important light on how governmental agencies are attempting to manipulate coverage of its management of grizzly bears along with the debate over its push to strip endangered species protections
- Nov 12, 2015
In grade school, I was taught that our democratic society depends on citizen access to good information to make good choices. That in order for journalists to serve their function as citizen watchdogs, government must be transparent, both in terms of information used and in processes employed to reach decisions. And that science involves a healthy debate about what conclusions are best supported by the data at hand. I was also taught that totalitarian regimes are obsessed wit
- Nov 5, 2015
You Call This Recovery?
Here in Yellowstone the drums are beating: “Grizzly bears are recovered”! With the press push of the government during recent weeks, you might be led to believe that grizzly bears are coming out our ears. So what constitutes recovery anyway? And who decides? Recovery is not just some arcane scientific construct, which only government professionals are qualified to determine -- it is a social issue, for ALL of us to collectively decide as an expression of our values. Althoug