By Bob Ferris Last weekend I stood on the rim of Crater Lake with my wife. We were staring at the spectacular, Ty-D-Bol-colored water and contemplating strolling down the 700-foot drop to the shore and then back along the mile-long trail. In walks like this there is always stunning beauty, but there is also … Continue reading Looking Backwards, Forward and to You
By Bob Ferris In the mid-1980s I served as an ecological consultant for the University of California, Santa Cruz when they compiled their 20-year development plan. I was making my living as a wildlife ecologist at that time and was excited by this departure from my normal set of consulting projects such as critter … Continue reading Deer, Bears and Pigs: the Apples, Oranges and Pumpkins of Ecology
By Ann McCreary Methow Valley News Jul 31, 2013 Groundbreaking study changes how state’s cougar population is controlled The social behavior of cougars, studied for more than a decade by a team of state biologists, is the basis for a new approach to managing the big cats in Washington. The research has … Continue reading Managing the big cats
By Bob Ferris "I am personally fearful of a cougar attacking someone because they have not been managed. Their population has increased exponentially since 1994. I am also fearful that without providing the necessary tools to manage them they will continue to do what they naturally do and prey on elk and deer and … Continue reading The Cougar Crisis?