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The fourth knock

Below is a link to the fourth in a series of articles about chronic wasting disease by Todd Wilkinson in Mountain Journal magazine.  This one focuses on a natural control of the disease — important because there is no vaccine or “treatment” for the disease once animals contract it.

Predators and chronic wasting disease 

CWD in Montana: Deadly serious threat

My guest editorial in the Billings Gazette and Missoulian newspapers explains why Montana must take decisive action to address the threat of chronic wasting disease in the state’s game herds.  In only one of the other 21 states where CWD has occurred in the wild has the disease been eliminated (so far so good New York), but Montana has an opportunity to do likewise with prompt and aggressive action.  See the editorial: Billings Gazette Op Ed

CWD now in Montana

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in 2 mule deer south of Billings, Montana, not far from the Wyoming border where CWD-infected deer and elk are now found in all but 2 Wyoming counties (read article here).  It was only a matter of time.  Ironically, the diseased deer were harvested by hunters the same week that Montana released its draft CWD management plan for public comment.  A copy of the plan can be found on the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks’ website at this link.  The deadline for comments is December 8.




Another knock

In October I posted links to the first two in a series of articles on chronic wasting disease that appeared in the online magazine, Mountain Journal.  Here is the third in the series on CWD


Tomorrow I will post a media article about the recent documentation of CWD in Montana’s wildlife for the first time.

New National Climate Assessment

This  article in High Country News discusses the federal government’s upcoming National Climate Assessment, a report on the science and effects of climate change.  The report is mandated by a 1990 federal law requiring a new report be prepared every 4 years.  In 2018 the fourth National Climate Assessment will be released.   This article  previews what scientists are learning, particularly about the changing climate’s effects on the West.

Climate Science and the West

Living with wildlife

Living with wildlife is challenging, that is if we’re sensitive to their needs.  My article in the new issue of Montana Outdoors examines what this means where habitat is a precious commodity.  Here’s the link:  In the Driveway

Anniversary of Stories from Afield

Already a year has passed since Stories from Afield was published.  Much has happened including media interviews, book events, and award competitions.  Notably, the book was honored in the Western Writers of America Spur Awards (finalist in contemporary nonfiction) and won the nature writing category of the Great Northwest Booksellers Awards competition.  That certainly exceeded my expectations for a collection of outdoor adventure stories by a Montana wildlife biologist!  The terrific staff at University of Nebraska Press posted a birthday tribute on the Press’s website.


Meanwhile, I’ve finished a new project, my first novel, and am busily (and not so patiently) shopping it to literary agents.  I thought glaciers moved slowly!

Knocking again

This is a long read without a happy ending, but for those of you interested in the biopolitics beneath elk feeding and the pending disease crisis in Wyoming, there’s plenty  to chew on.  This is the second article in a series on the topic.  My previous post provided the link to Part 1.   http://mountainjournal.org/the-killing-of-our-national-elk-herd

Knocking at the door

Mountain Journal is a new online magazine billed as public-interest journalism focused on understanding the trends and forces at work in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Here is a link to the first of a two-part series on how chronic wasting disease (CWD) may change the face of the lower 48’s greatest wildland ecosystem.  It’s worth a read.


Defending Our Public Lands

As a an advocate for our public lands and a combat veteran, I have two reasons to pass along this inspiring article that recently appeared in High Country News.



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