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Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren is MeatEater's Supervising Editor and a former freelance writer/photographer, commercial fisherman, and editor of BHA's Backcountry Journal. Though originally from Whidbey Island, Washington, he's been in Montana for almost a decade and probably isn't leaving—except during steelhead season. Send him an email sam@themeateater.com or follow him @samlungrenmedia.

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Video: Golden Eagle Eats Pronghorn Alive

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Video: Golden Eagle Eats Pronghorn Alive

While eagles commonly symbolize grace, freedom, and other lofty ideals, they might be an even better analogue for the sheer brutality of nature. From knocking chamois off cliffs in the Himalaya to catching monkeys mid-leap to ripping the bellies out of spawning salmon, these largest birds of prey...
The Great Mountain Goat Debate

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The Great Mountain Goat Debate

Hunters, anglers, and wildlife managers are occasionally willing to “naturalize” non-native wildlife with high aesthetic and sporting qualities. Think of the reverence and conservation attention paid to brown trout and ringneck pheasants—transplants from Northern Europe and China, respectively. If a...
USFWS Proposes Biggest Hunting and Fishing Opportunity Expansion Ever

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USFWS Proposes Biggest Hunting and Fishing Opportunity Expansion Ever

Nine hundred and thirty nine brand-spickety-new hunting and fishing opportunities will open to Americans if a proposal from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is approved. In this context, an "opportunity" is one target species at one field station. The proposal includes 90 national wildlife refuges...
Idaho Passes Bill to Kill 90% of Wolves

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Idaho Passes Bill to Kill 90% of Wolves

A bill intended to dramatically decrease wolf populations in Idaho passed both chambers of the legislature and now goes before the governor to become law. SB 1211 removes most regulations, seasons, and bag limits for wolf harvest and provides an additional $190,000 per year toward hiring contractors...
Hunters and Trappers Hit Wisconsin Wolf Quota in Two Days

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Hunters and Trappers Hit Wisconsin Wolf Quota in Two Days

In a blisteringly fast effort, sportsmen and women in Wisconsin harvested 162 wolves as of Wednesday morning—43 more than the target set at 119. All units opened on Monday, Feb. 22 and closed Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. After wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List across the Lower 48 in...
Fatal Disease in Washington’s Bighorn Stronghold: Why Does This Keep Happening?

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Fatal Disease in Washington’s Bighorn Stronghold: Why Does This Keep Happening?

Repeating a pattern seen across the West in recent years, Washington State recently discovered the highly transmissible and fatal Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in its bighorn sheep strongholds of the Cascade Mountains. On Oct. 20, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife announced that a dead lamb in...
Wolves Removed from Endangered Species List: Will More Hunts Follow?

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Wolves Removed from Endangered Species List: Will More Hunts Follow?

From the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the federal government would remove gray wolves in the Lower 48 from protection under the Endangered Species Act. When (and if) this decision goes into effect, states will resume...
Video: Grizzly Bear Kills Big Bull Elk in River

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Video: Grizzly Bear Kills Big Bull Elk in River

If the video doesn’t play, follow this link to YouTube to watch. This video, captured by B.E. Judson, a retiree from Cody, Wyoming, shows a rarely seen battle between a mature bull elk and a grizzly bear. Ms. Judson, who captures videos primarily to share with her grandchildren, had been living in...
Federal Judge Voids 1 Million Acres of Oil and Gas Leases in Sage Grouse Fight

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Federal Judge Voids 1 Million Acres of Oil and Gas Leases in Sage Grouse Fight

Due to the Trump Administration severely limiting public input on oil and gas leasing decisions in the last two years, nearly a million acres of public land leases in sage grouse habitat issued under that policy are now null and void, a federal judge in Idaho ruled Thursday. U.S. Chief Magistrate...
Interior Secretary Halts Aerial Gunning of Mountain Goats in Grand Teton

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Interior Secretary Halts Aerial Gunning of Mountain Goats in Grand Teton

Correction: This story was edited on Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. to reflect recent developments Responding to calls from Wyoming’s governor and other officials, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt halted Grand Teton National Park’s use of aerial gunners to cull mountain goats. Despite state management...