This section contains a sampling of fish and wildlife management challenges emerging from Montana's changing social and economic landscape.
These vignettes tell the stories of eight fish and wildlife issues that are making the news in Montana. They put a human face on the statistics and analysis developed for the Montana Challenge.
The vignettes are more than examples and less than case studies. They are not the definitive word on any issue. Rather, they illustrate how fish and wildlife management involves much more than the ecological needs of any fish, mammal, or bird. In our times, wildlife management is very much about understanding the human species-where we live, how we make our living, and what we think is important.
These vignettes portray the impact on wildlife when human communities undergo demographic, economic, and social change. They explore the increasingly complex and emotional situations faced by resource managers as they try to protect one of Montana's crown jewels, its magnificent fish and wildlife populations.
These vignettes were researched and written by Susan Bury, Stauffer Bury Inc., Red Lodge, with the help of resource managers from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the US Forest Service-Northern Region as well as many individuals.