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Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category

“Pulled from the Brink”

By Scott McMillion
Montana Quarterly
Spring 2012

Private herds helped save America’s wild bison. Today, bison restoration remains a largely private matter.

“Continental Divide”

By Scott McMillion
Nature Conservancy Magazine
Summer, 2011

Can two countries come together to save a pristine valley?

Excerpt:

Yet isolated though it is by geography, bad roads and weather, the North Fork has been at the center of some of the continent’s thorniest struggles over development.

For a century, people have tried to pull fossil fuels from the ground beneath the valley—on both sides of the border—without much success. A well drilled in the early 20th century in what is now Glacier National Park didn’t produce. During a spike in energy prices in the 1970s and 1980s, oil companies punched deep holes on the Canadian side of the border, seeking oil and gas. In Montana, oil and natural-gas developers purchased rights to drill along parts of the river. In the end, however, the prospective cost of building a permanent mining infrastructure up the wild, 80-mile valley kept the drilling rigs at bay.

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“A Rare, Ghastly Night”

By Scott McMillion
Montana Quarterly
Spring 2011

While most bear attacks on humans can be explained, last summer’s predatory attacks near Cooke City remind us that occasionally, bears see humans as food.

“Part of the Landscape”

By Scott McMillion
Montana Quarterly
Summer 2010

After 15 years, millions of dollars and a raft of lawsuits, wolves are here to stay. But who will call the shots?

“Ghost Cat”

By Scott McMillion
Nature Conservancy Magazine
Winter, 2009
Photography by Ted Wood

Scientists in the Northern Rockies labor hard to protect the increasingly rare Canada Lynx. But first, they have to find the elusive creature. And that means diving into the deadfall. There’s no guarantee of success.

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Becoming Aware of the Bear

By Scott McMillion
Montana Outdoors
November/December 2009

If you hunt in grizzly country, chances are you’re breaking the rules.
That’s because you creep around. You hunt during early morning and evening. You mask your scent and walk into the wind. You usually hunt solo. You stay intensely focused on your prey. This is what hunting requires.
But it’s also the opposite of what bear safety experts say you should do in grizzly country.

The (Surprisingly) Quiet Bison Hunt

By Scott McMillion
Montana Outdoors
November/December, 2009
Unlike 20 years ago, there has been little uproar over the recent hunting of wild buffalo emerging from Yellowstone National Park. Why?

“Elvis Has Left the Building”

By Scott McMillion
Bugle Magazine
November/December 2009
The biggest, surliest and most charismatically violent bull to ever gore an Aerostar, Number Six was the Elvis of elk, but he wasn’t singing “Love Me Tender.”

“Fair Game”

By Scott McMillion

Big Sky Journal

Fall, 2007

For me, October is the squinting season, a time to throw my eyes as far as I can, to find little white speckles on a vast sagebrush plain, track them down and make meat of them.

In the process, I’ll become mudded and blooded, dehydrated, scraped up, and wind chapped. It’s something I look forward to every year, right up there with Christmas and the first raft trip of the summer.

“The War on Weeds: In Hells Canyon the Lines Are Drawn”

By Scott McMillion
Nature Conservancy Magazine
Summer 2007
Photography by Karen Ballard

The toughness that drove most settlers from Hells Canyon is what kept this place so fruitful for wildlife. For the most part, it’s been spared the energies and damages of mankind, the opposable thumbs and the itch to tinker. Hells Canyon still supports that amazing diversity of life, still has what the rest of the American West once had: vast acreages of native plants and big populations of native critters to eat them and each other. It’s an ecosystem that works.
But much of this is threatened. We saw the invaders.

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