News & Resources

Bruce’s upcoming book:

My new book,  Stories from Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places, is a collection of 16 essays drawn from my experiences with wildlife, mostly in mountain ranges of the western United States.  This collection ranges from humorous to harrowing stories and will be released October 1, 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.

About the book environmentalist and author Bill McKibben writes:

Plenty of wildness remains on this civilized and domesticated continent, and Bruce Smith has seen more than his share. These are stories to be read by the fire at the close of a winter day.

Bruce’s Upcoming Book Events for Stories from Afield

September 24  9:00 am  Montana Book Festival   Holiday Inn Downtown

                              Missoula, MT

October 4          7:00 pm  Country Bookshelf            Bozeman, MT

November 17   7:00 pm   Elk River Books                 Livingston, MT


Facts about American Indian tribes and reservations

  • There are 565 native tribes recognized by the U.S. government.   Many other First Nations reside in Canada.
  • In the lower 48 states, there are 310 Indian reservations totaling 55 million acres of land, plus another 44 million acres of native lands in Alaska.  By virtue of size alone, these lands encompass untold value in natural resources, including priceless wildlife habitat.
  • Articles in the December 2010 issue of The Wildlife Professional discuss: the tribal path forward to address Climate Change; the use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge; and Resource Restoration on reservations.  Access these at:

Websites of interest

Feeding the Problem:

Visit this site to learn about the PBS film that reviews the disease issues surrounding the feeding of thousands of elk in western Wyoming.  The film explores the social, historical and ecological impacts of Wyoming’s elk feedgrounds through stunning imagery and a powerful narrative.  The film aired on Wyoming Public Television on November 3, 2011 and can also be viewed online at:

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society:

This organization of wildlife and fisheries professionals (1,100 individuals  and 225 member tribes) assists Native American tribes with the conservation, protection, and enhancement of their fish and wildlife resources.  Visit this website to learn how the society coordinates inter-tribal communication and facilitates education in resource managment practices.

Greater Yellowstone Coalition:

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) was founded in 1983 on a simple premise: An ecosystem will remain healthy and wild only if it is kept whole.  Focusing its energies on this 20-million-acre ecosystem, the GYC has fostered public-private cooperation and educational activities to protect the world-class wildlife, scenery, and other natural resources that are national treasures.  Roaming the center of the Greater Yellowstone Area, the Jackson elk herd is the subject of the book Where Elk Roam.