Greater Yellowstone Area

A geyser in Yellowstone National Park

The content of this page supplements chapter 15 in Mountains and Plains (2nd edition).  Readers with questions are encouraged to contact us.

Brucellosis, elk, and cattle

Several excellent articles on this topic appeared in the summer 2015 issue of Western Confluence, which can be viewed at  westernconfluence.org

Ecological implications of climate change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

This topic received considerable attention in 2015.  One series of reports appeared in the journal Yellowstone Science (March, 2015) and included a paper by William Romme and Monica Turner, who had written a similar paper in 1992.  Another report, written by Corinna Riginos and Mark Newcomb, was published by the Jackson-based Charture Institute (http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2094790-climate-report-tri-final-report-1.html#document/p1) and was summarized in WyoFile (http://www.wyofile.com/report-climate-change-likely-to-kill-yellowstone-forests/).  These reports project dramatic changes in forests and associated wildlife during the next 50 to 100 years. 

For a list of the plants and animals known to occur in Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks, or any other national park or monument, go to  https://irma.nps.gov/NPSpecies/

At this website, choose the park of interest, and then, under  Category, select the category of interest.  Then select Full List with Details.  For plants, herbarium images can be viewed by clicking on External Links.  Checklists can be produced using the Reports tab near the top of the page.  For assistance, use the Help option.

Effects of the gray wolf

We discuss this topic on pages 264-265 of the 2nd edition.  For more insights on the research done  by Thomas Hobbs and David Cooper on the effects of wolves on riparian habitats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, see High Country News (12-8-2014).  

An excellent summary of wolf biology, ecology, and management was published in Yellowstone Science, volume 24 (issue 1), 2016.  Over a dozen papers are included on topics such as wolf behavior, infectious diseases, population dynamics, and the effects of their predation.