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Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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Penelope Melko

I live in rural Central California where agriculture, ranching, wild horse herd adoptions and wholesome raising of children into productive adults have always been a mainstay. Money is the goal of the city now, bringing in big box stores, Walmart with the goal to attract people to our area and urbanize, replacing agriculture with miles of homes and stores to spend our savings. The hunters coming from Los Angeles area are beginning to show up inquiring about wild pigs to sport hunt.

Our problem is the same as yours. Urbanization of land that should remain wild and pristine for future generations. Unfortunately right ringed politicians are in the process of eliminating the Endangered Species Act, reducing the size of National Monuments to open areas up for oil and gas extraction, privatizing national parks and removing key elements of the EPA. For whatever reasons many of you voted to bring in these monsters you have made a mistake that will last for generations and will shorten the time of our planet being habitable for life on our Crown Jewel of our known planets. Those of you who have the power to vote out the politicians who don't legislate in the best interest of you and play only to corporate interests like Liz Cheney, do it or you will continue to have your beautiful state ransacked by real estate developers with one goal to get rich at the loss of your peace and tranquility.

We are neighbors who share our beautiful country, not adversaries.

Chad guenter

Picture from 1983 compared to present. :-(

Big $$$$$ has taken it's toll on this beautiful area.

Terry Milan

Recessions are like a reset button. Once every 10 years the credit junkies get wiped out.

Ken Chison

Like everywhere else, money is the driving Factor behind everything. The high influx of people from California is the most detrimental factor to the ecosystem that we will ever see. The same ones that are screaming to protect the wolves and protect the grizzly bears are the exact cause of why their land is getting swallowed up. I've said it again and again and posted comments on this site. We have to regulate all animals because all of their habitat is getting consumed. I'm sure we'll hear from other uneducated contributors to this website about how the ranchers had all the land before. Well that is true, but there weren't million-dollar houses put up on that land. The land was there and owned by ranches but the animals all used it. Everybody wants to carve out their little niche around Jackson Hole. But with it comes there non energy efficient $10 million houses and the want for their big city entities. The hypocrisy of these people to come in and want that kind of lifestyle and claim they are environmentally conscious. What a joke.

sean henry

I wonder what Councilor Schechter thinks of the campaign

Kathryn Wood-Meyer

Well, Todd Wilkinson, you summed this up pretty well. For instance, if the "Frick" and "Frack" twins get their way Snow King will become the adrenaline junkies playground minus the wildlife and the Palisades Wilderness area will be known as Las Vegas North. If you live in the Jackson Hole area and don't know who "Frick" and "Frack" are you have not been following the radical rezoning in Teton and Park counties. And...they're just getting started. Wild will not be an adjective to describe Wyoming much longer. Adios to all the beautiful wild elk bugling and welcome to the screaming and shrieking of the mountain adrenaline junkies.

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