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Smokey Bear: Overachiever or Climate Change Clairvoyant?

Smokey Bear: Overachiever or Climate Change Clairvoyant?

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 12, 2014 5

Smokey Bear turned 70 years old this past Saturday, August 9, 2014. I feel a special kinship with the old bruin and forest-fire-prevention representative for two reasons: 1) he has a unique tie to

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Does Our Language Regarding Wolves and Bears Shape Our Attitudes?

Does Our Language Regarding Wolves and Bears Shape Our Attitudes?

Candice Gaukel Andrews June 24, 2014 4

In Wisconsin where I live, we call three large predators “neighbors”: the black bear, the gray wolf and the occasional mountain lion. Because of this, you might think that Wisconsinites’ attitudes toward all three

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On the Loss of Passenger Pigeons and Parks

On the Loss of Passenger Pigeons and Parks

Candice Gaukel Andrews June 3, 2014 10

One hundred years ago this year, the last passenger pigeon on Earth died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A female named Martha, she has now become an icon for species extinction. It’s hard to believe

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We Need More Snow Days

We Need More Snow Days

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 10, 2013 6

I didn’t always love winter as much as I do now. As a kid, I remember trudging up to the bus stop through deep snowbanks and then having to wait on a busy traffic

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If Government Wildlife Numbers Are Routinely Overestimated, Should Trophy Hunting Be Outlawed?

If Government Wildlife Numbers Are Routinely Overestimated, Should Trophy Hunting Be Outlawed?

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 12, 2013 27

Today around the world, with government conservation monies dwindling and severe staffing cutbacks, it stands to reason that wildlife management entities desperately need the funds that recreational hunters provide—not only to keep population numbers

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Are Wolf Protection “Kid Cages” Necessary, or Just a Scaremongering Tool?

Are Wolf Protection “Kid Cages” Necessary, or Just a Scaremongering Tool?

Candice Gaukel Andrews November 5, 2013 37

When I was growing up in Wisconsin, I would hear occasional rumors of kids in the Northwoods having to worry about wolves as they “waited for the school bus.” Why they would have to

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One Cougar’s Epic Hike

One Cougar’s Epic Hike

Candice Gaukel Andrews August 16, 2011 7

On June 11, 2011, a mountain lion was killed on the busy Wilbur Cross Parkway in Milford, Connecticut. He was hit by a car. I don’t live in Connecticut—Wisconsin is my home—nor have I

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The Natural Habitat of the Plastic Pink Flamingo

The Natural Habitat of the Plastic Pink Flamingo

Candice Gaukel Andrews January 11, 2011 11

I thought of my father recently, as I was taking down our Christmas tree and wrapping up the decorations. More than 10 years ago, I had seen him watching my mother, as she did

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