In the News

General news stories

Study: Yellowstone bison nature's lawn mowers. Missoulian. November 2019. 

Still the undisputed Champs of Mammalian Migrations. The New York Times. November 2019.

Pluie, the wolf who inspired carnivore conservation across the West. Wild Animals podcast. June 2019.

Predators & Prey. ScieShow Talk Show. December 2018

Pulling Canada's Caribou Back from the Brink: First Nations communities are leading the effort to rescue the last remaining caribou herds from extinction. The Atlantic, December 17, 2018

For the love of pronghorns. Canadian Geographic May/June 2018 (pdf)

First bulls collared for elk study. goHunt February 2018

First Big Bulls Collared in North America's Longest Running Elk Study - First for Wildlife, January 26, 2018

Coverage of "Moving in the Anthropocene: Global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements" in Science January 2018

Video: Population density - a new method using remote cameras and radio collars The Applied Ecologist's Blog by Jesse Whittington

Smile! Less-costly method uses remote cameras to count grizzlies Montana Untamed June 29, 2017

Tiger experts cross the globe to learn from Montana biologists, Missoulian May 11, 2017 (pdf)

Camera traps shed new light on wildlife biology, Missoulian Feb. 15, 2017 (pdf)

Hello, bear! Remote cameras effectively monitoring grizzly bears in mountain parks, Calgary Herald Aug. 5, 2016

The Unnatural Kingdom - if technology helps us save the wilderness, will it still be wild? New York Times Sunday Review, March 11, 2016

Banff National park has room for more than 1,000 bison, says study (Calgary Herald); Bison on Track to Return to Banff National Park (The Huffington Post Alberta); Bison could handle 1,300 bison, says report (Calgary Sun); Banff pourrait accueillir plus de 1000 bisons (ICI Radio-Canada); Banff bison capacity 'much bigger than we thought,' new report suggests (CBCNews) Habitat model shows capacity for up to 1,000 bison in Banff, (Rocky Mountain Outlook March 23, 2016)

Wildlife Biology in the 21st Century, Mongabay Oct. 20, 2015

Bhutan tiger population higher than previously thought, survey reveals The Guardian, July 29, 2015, featuring PhD student Tshering Tempa Bhutan National Tiger Report 

Yaks May Be Climbing Higher Due to Climate Change National Geographic - story on climate and human harvest effects on Wild Yak, based on paper with Joel Berger and George Schaller

Habitat for a Grizzly - UM Vision Magazine 2014 - Star undergraduate Ellen Brandell's undergraduate research

The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the West Outside Magazine, Jan. 20, 2015 - Mark Hebblewhite's perspectives on wolf recovery

UM Researchers: 17 of 31 largest carnivores at risk Missoulian, Jan 10, 2014

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Success Story Missoulian, Oct 20, 2014

Longest Migration in African Mammals Discovered, National Geographic News, May 27, 2014

Caribou conservation

Should it be saved? With limited funds for conservation, researchers spar over which species to save - and which to let go - Science - September 6, 2018

Last caribou in lower 48 US states all but extinct: "The herd is functionally lost" - The Guardian - April 19, 2018

Last Caribou Herd on U.S. Mainland 'Functionally Extinct,' Experts Say - CBS New York - April 19, 2018

B.C.'s Selkirk Mountains' Gray Ghost caribou herd 'functionally extinct' - Vancouver Sun - April 17, 2018

Environmentalists mourn loss of South Selkirk Caribou Herd - The Nelson Daily - April 15, 2018

Gray Ghosts, the Last Caribou in the Lower 48 States, Are "Functionally Extinct" - New York Times - April 14, 2018

Alberta's approach to caribou protection could be 'national test case' of Species at Risk Act, expert says - The Globe and Mail March 25, 2018 

Montreal-born scientist says forestry sector in denial about disappearing caribou - National Observer Nov. 9, 2017 based on our letter in Science "Canada fails to protect its caribou" Nov. 2017

Provinces haven't stopped boreal caribou's decline, and Ottawa may have to intervene, report says The Globe and Mail Nov. 1, 2017

Response from scientists to claims made by the Forest Products Association of Canada regarding the scientific underpinnings of the federal Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy The Globe and Mail, Nov. 1, 2017

'Disingenuous' Forest Industry Campaign Tries to Undermine Protection of Endangered Caribou Desmog Canada Oct. 23, 2017

Boost for caribou herds on hold Rocky Mountain Outlook, Jan. 26, 2017 (pdf)

Opinion: Alberta's caribou conservation plan is a visionary first step Edmonton Journal, Oct. 12, 2016 (pdf)

To save caribou, Alberta wants to fence them in, Science, July 2016

Alberta plans to add 1.8 million hectares of protected range for Woodland caribou Calgary Herald, June 2016

News story on Marmot (ski resort) may occur despite threat to Caribou in Jasper National Park

DeSmog Canada article about Alberta failing to protect Caribou Habitat, April 9, 2015 

Wolf cull will not save threatened Canadia caribou, Nature, Jan. 20, 2015

Can Wolf Cull Save Alberta Caribou? Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald, Nov. 29, 2014 - based on our Canadian Journal of Zoology wolf management paper

Alberta wolf cull to save caribou just buys time CBC, Global, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, etc., Nov 23, 2014

Caribou on trails Calgary Herald, Aug 2011

Banff May Get New Caribou Herd CBC, Sept, 8, 2009 

Sept 8 2009 CBC Calgary Eyeopener (click to listen)

Video: WCS Canada 2017

PhD student Eric Palm' produced this short video about his research for WCS, which awarded him a fellowship in 2017. Eric is using data gathered from animals fitted with GPS transmitter collars to better understand when and how caribou use the variety of habitats in the mountainous northern boreal region of Yukon and Alaska. He will link the information on caribou movements to mapping of habitats derived from remote sensing, satellite imagery and drones, as well as from field investigations, to better understand caribou habitat preferences and responses to landscape changes, such as wild fire and human activities. This work will help to inform decisions about the best combination of approaches for caribou conservation in the northern boreal mountains.