Biologists find wolverines in their surveys

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole News and Guide [caption id="attachment_79223" align="alignright" width="300"] A remote camera in the Tosi Creek area of the Gros Ventre Mountains captures an adult wolverine on film in May. It’s the first verified occurrence of a wolverine in that range. Wolverines were once extirpated from the Lower 48.[/caption] An effort to determine where wolverines roam in the American West has confirmed the presence of the scarce mustelid in the Gros Ventre Range for the first time. A wolverine was also potentially documented outside the species’ known turf in the northern Wyoming Range, but a nighttime photo snapped of the specimen was too dark to make an identification with certainty. The wolverine detection in the Gros Ventre was in the far east edge of the mountain range in the Tosi Creek area. “They could have been there before, but at least now we have proof that they’re there right now,” said Zack Walker, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s nongame bird and mammal supervisor. “We now know they’re in the Wind River Range, the Gros Ventre and the Absarokas and there was a possible wolverine sighting in the Wyoming Range,” Walker said. “They’re at least in the core western mountains. [caption id="attachment_79224" align="alignleft" width="300"] Researchers last winter searched for wolverines at 18 sites spread around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The midsize carnivore was discovered at five sites, including sites in the Absaroka, Gros Ventre, Salt and Wind River ranges. An unconfirmed sighting also… read more →

Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again

New York Times‎ - Sunday Review By CHRISTOPHER SOLOMON FEB. 13, 2015 ONE of the most popular places for backcountry skiing in North America is Teton Pass in Wyoming, high above the adventure playground of Jackson Hole. This winter, as skiers and snowboarders unload gear for a day of sweat and powder-skiing, the researcher Kimberly Heinemeyer has been moving among them with a clipboard. Dr. Heinemeyer, a senior scientist with the research group Round River Conservation Studies, explains that she’s studying the effect of recreation on wolverines. She asks skiers if they will wear a small orange GPS armband for the day that tracks their movement. Most people gladly agree. Full article read more →

Doug Peacock on De-listing grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

“Yellowstone grizzly bears face the two greatest threats to their survival in our lifetime: global warming and the U.S. government. Between them they could wipe the bears out.” – Doug Peacock   Round River co-founder, long-time board member and friend, Doug Peacock, is well known for his writing on wilderness. Many of you have read his book on brown bears, Grizzly Years. Recently, Doug wrote a piece for The Daily Beast, on the U.S. government’s push to delist the grizzly, and read more →

Guest Post by Dr. Jeff Nichols

Dr. Nichols visited our program on the Taku this summer as part of a growing relationship between Round River and Westminster College.  We were honored to have him with us, and look forward to more visits by Jeff and his colleagues to all of our programs in the future.   Learning on the Taku with Round River I just returned from a week’s site visit to Round River Conservation Studies’ Taku Summer Program. Westminster College recently partnered with read more →
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