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Epiphany on the Prairie
February 3, 2016

Epiphany on the Prairie

Like many wildlife biologists in my generation, my first wolf sighting was in the late 1990s in Yellowstone National Park. With 23 undergraduate wildlife biology majors in tow, I gazed incredulously as the 18-member Lamar Pack stalked a herd of elk; an amazing sight I never dreamed I would see in my lifetime. As a […]


Of Predators and Herds
May 29, 2012

Of Predators and Herds

Big meat-eaters mean healthy ecosystems

The health of any ecosystem starts with razor-like teeth and an appetite for meat. The “apex” predators — big carnivores like bears and wolves at the top of the food web — keep things in balance, OSU researchers have found in study after study in the western United States. Now, the findings have been confirmed […]