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August 29, 2020

Sacred Bear Butte, six miles north of Sturgis, South Dakota

I grew up in the Black Hills of western South Dakota on a small ranch roughly 30 miles away from the town of Sturgis and between 100 and 200 miles away from the sprawling Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Re...

August 21, 2020

Ernest Hemingway (right) with grizzly bear killed in Timber Creek drainage of Wyoming

Ernest Hemingway Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The hunting of big game for trophies is a symbolically and emotionally super-charged issue—perhaps not to the...

July 26, 2020

My Google Alerts inbox has been flooded during the last week by an article making the rounds among national and regional media outlets with a title that virtually screams “Official: 7 Grizzly Bear Attacks This Year.” More matter-of-factly, the article leads off with th...

February 27, 2020

The impacts of mountain bikers on wildlands and wildlife is at the center of a heated nation-wide debate fueled by increasing numbers of increasingly well-organized bikers intent on gaining access to backcountry areas. There is no better example of the contentious deba...

August 1, 2019

Those of you who were born after 1970 probably don’t remember a game made by Milton Bradley called Twister that in 1966 exploded onto the national stage and into America’s living rooms and dens. Its popularity was considerably enhanced when Johnny Carson leaned scandal...

July 21, 2019

Strangely enough, grizzly bear researchers and managers seem to have integrated a faith-based version of climate-change-denial into their collective world view. In fact, these ostensibly well-educated men and women bring to mind well-schooled ecclesiastics professing a...

June 27, 2019

Grizzly bears reside at a symbolic nexus that seems to relentlessly spawn conflict. Almost invariably, this conflict organizes around incidents that catalyze a mix of fear, anger, grief, and empathy—all inescapably configured by peoples’ mental constructs. There is the...

June 19, 2019

We all have egos that we erect to circumscribe and reify the “self,” or so I have been told. Some scholars have gone so far as to argue that our lives consist of little more than obsessively hitting the world’s feeder bar to obtain emotional and material rewards for th...

May 14, 2019

As a scholar and social scientist I get annoyed when concepts are deployed for partisan purposes without regard for intellectual integrity. Having said that, I suspect that most politicians would find my distress silly, which is to be expected of a breed that exists to...

April 26, 2019

We can’t support any more bears. We’ve got bears coming out of our ears. We’ve reached carrying capacity. Such is the purported state of grizzly bears in Yellowstone.

Sound familiar? It should. For those of you who have been paying attention to the rhetoric relentlessly...

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