Declining fortunes of Yellowstone’s migratory elk
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Declining fortunes of Yellowstone’s migratory elk

Are human choices redefining the fitness of an ancient survival strategy? Eighteen ecologists weigh in on new data in a forum in Ecology. By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer In the late spring, the roughly 4000 elk of the Clarks Fork herd leave crowded winter grounds near Cody, Wyoming, following the greening grass into the highlands of the Absaroka Mountains, where they spend the summer growing fat on vegetation fed by...

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Animal Jurisprudence

by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer. AFTER co-authoring a 2005 paper imagining “Re-wilding  North America” with giant Bolson tortoises, camels, horses, cheetahs, elephants and lions, Harry Greene received a lot of hate mail. Corresponding ecologists hated the idea of deliberate transcontinental introductions of any kind. The plan smacked of impractical, dangerous, hubris and many ecologists didn’t buy African elephants and...

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