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Tom Kuka has been ranching on the Blackfeet Reservation for nearly 30 years. His ranch is about 20 miles east of the Rocky Mountain Front, where jagged peaks meet sprawling prairie. And Kuka, like many on the front, unwillingly shares his ranch with grizzly bears.

"You just have to be aware all the time," Kuka said. "I've run into sows and cubs, but they've seen me first, but one day it might not be that way."

Joe Riis

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation is partnering up with Science Kids, and the Draper Natural History Museum, to provide a hands-on course for kids to help build wildlife friendly fences.

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Wyoming is a stronghold for the sage grouse. But a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds the birds are on a long-term decline.

Ganesh Marin

Jaguars have been a very rare sight in the U.S. over the last 30 years. But a new study by the University of Wyoming and University of Arizona captured video of one of the animals.

Carol S. Bock

Grizzly bears are listed as threatened underneath the Endangered Species Act. This has been under court scrutiny many times.

At one point, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) tried to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem bear but a judge ordered them back on the threatened list.

Spring bird migration is underway and will continue in the Mountain West for the next few months. 


Parts of the Mountain West are still seeing snow and frost and sleet – but there's one sure sign that spring is actually here: the songs of migrating birds. 


Ameen Al-Ghetta/USFWS

The National Elk Refuge stopped its feeding Monday, March 29, two weeks earlier than normal in order to meet management goals.

Kamila Kudelska

Hunters and anglers fund Wyoming wildlife conservation and management by purchasing fishing and hunting licenses, and those funds go into the Wyoming Game and Fish Department budget.

But, the number of hunters and anglers is decreasing in the state, although not as much in other places. Still, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is making efforts to recruit newcomers.

Montana's newly-elected Republican governor violated state hunting regulations when he trapped and shot a collared wolf near Yellowstone National Park in February, according to documents obtained by the Mountain West News Bureau.


Tom Toman, RMEF

For the past couple of years, antler hunting has become very popular. In the Dubois area, Spence and Moriarity Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Kirk Inberg/Kevin Roy Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) are no exception.

National Digital Library of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

It is illegal to feed wildlife like antelope, moose or bear in Teton County. Complaints can be filed through the county or the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently investigated a complaint that a resident was feeding wildlife in the Solitude subdivisions, near the Jackson Hole airport. That federal investigation came to a dead end earlier this year.

A salmonella outbreak is killing songbirds around the West, and it continues to spread.


NPS/Jim Peaco

Yellowstone's gray wolf population was reintroduced in 1995. Those first 35 wolves were given vaccinations and treated for parasites to give them a better chance of survival. Since then, the packs have slowly come into contact with different diseases and parasites. In 2007, the first case of mange was reported in Yellowstone's wolves and they've been dealing with it ever since.

Gretchen Henrich

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Youth advisory board has received a grant from the Smithsonian Institute for sage grouse conservation.

Daniel Gibeau, Courtesy Denizens of the Steep

Backcountry skiing has steadily become more popular in the last decade and the pandemic has heightened the popularity even more. An increase in recreationists though means wildlife are likely to experience more disturbances. In some wildlife populations, like the Grand Teton bighorn sheep herd, that has contributed to shrinking numbers and habitat size.

Kamila Kudelska

The Wyoming House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources committee has approved a bill that sets up a specific process if the Wyoming Game and Fish Department considers closing one of its 22 elk feedgrounds. There is no written process on how to close a feedground currently.

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While there's an insect named after Lady Gaga, and a lichen named after former President Barack Obama, a lot of the time species get named after scientists - especially white men.

GRIZZLY BEAR ON SWAN LAKE FLATS, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK; JIM PEACO

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's (WGFD) grizzly bear management actions decreased in 2020 compared to 2019. However, the number of bears captured involving food rewards increased.

Tom Koerner/USFWS

Every year, hunters set out in search of their quarry. Some will be successful, but inevitably, some will be unable to fill their tag, for a variety of possible reasons. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is constantly striving to make sure that the number of tags they sold isn't one of those reasons.

Fish and Wildlife Service

A new study finds that human interference affects how much elk interact with each other.

South-facing slope covered in cheat grass near medicine bow forest
Cooper McKim

The Colorado College State of the Rockies survey has been polling eight interior Western states for the past 11 years, including Wyoming. The poll asks questions on a range of issues affecting land, water, air and wildlife.

A male sage grouse.
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Wyoming's sage grouse population is declining, but reproduction rates held steady this year.

Joe Riis courtesy of Wenjing Xu

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) shows that fencing has a bigger effect on migratory wildlife like deer and antelope than previously thought.

Greater Yellowstone Coaltion

A lucky young Wyomingite can win a Wyoming wildlife conservation license plate, thanks to a new state contest. A group of nonprofits have joined forces to get Wyomites to explain why wildlife conservation is important in the state.

Park County landowners, residents, NGO organizations, and local government have united to tackle wildlife-friendly fencing in the area. This is the first of its kind in the state.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Wyoming Pocket Gopher is extremely hard to study, but scientists at the University of Wyoming have found one way to make it easier.

Ben Kraushaar


In 2018, a Wyoming research scientist ran 92 miles in just three days. His goal? Highlight the challenges of the seasonal migration for mule deer; a well-known species in Wyoming, but also one that's been in decline. A movie called 92 Miles is set to come out in the next few months about his journey. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim spoke with Wyoming Migration Initiative research scientist and runner Pat Rodgers on the importance of his trek.

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In 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed to list the wolverine in the lower 48 states as endangered.

Kamila Kudelska

Early one morning, eight volunteers surrounded a table with a 400 pound grizzly bear carcass in its center. Draper Natural History Museum Assistant curator Corey Anco said they are defleshing the animal.

"They are removing all of the meat around the bones, all the meat around the ribs, all the meat around the vertebrae," said Anco. "And they're trying to get this as clean as we can reasonably so."

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