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Ben Long is a father, conservationist and outdoorsman in Kalispell, Montana. His writing appears in Outdoor Life, Bugle and he is the founding editor of Backcountry Journal.
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Study: Eastern Whitetails Thrive Despite Coyote Invasion
Feb 5, 2020
The howl of a coyote has spread across the Eastern United States, stirring concern and debate among deer hunters and wildlife managers. But according to a new multi-state, decades-long study, whitetail deer have continued to thrive even as coyote populations boomed.
Hunters are often leery of change—especially regarding a new predator they perceive as competition. Of course coyotes eat deer meat given the opportunity, either deer they kill...
Tribal Conservation: Recognizing the Contributions of Native Communities
Apr 30, 2019
The recent row over the Herrera v. Wyoming Supreme Court case tends to pit tribal and non-tribal outdoorsmen against each other. This rift can be polarizing, and it dates all the way back to the first contact between Europeans and the native residents of North America.
But lost in the dust of history are the important—and often successful—tribal efforts to restore North American wildlife that continue today. Conservation led by indigenous people...
The Dogs That Track Trout for Conservation
Apr 22, 2019
If you’re like me, you’ve been awed time and again by the nose of a good dog. Flushing pheasants out of cattails. Trailing lions in the snow. And now, identifying the species of fish in a trout stream.
That last one is science, not science fiction.
To help conserve native trout, the scientists at Working Dogs for Conservation have proven that dogs can differentiate species of fish, by scent, while the fish are swimming in their habitat.