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Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming's Ungulates tells the story of the long-distance migrations that elk, mule deer, moose, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, bison, and mountain goats make each spring and fall across the landscapes of the American West. This book is the definitive synthesis of these epic journeys as seen through the eyes of the biologists and wildlife managers who have studied the ungulates, or hoofed mammals, of Wyoming.
A century and a half ago, the push of western expansion persecuted these great herds, and some were lost. In the early twentieth century, a new ethic of wildlife conservation helped big game populations recover as the West was settled. Today many of these herds again roam Wyoming's mountains and plains. Now for the first time, scientists armed with new satellite technology are discovering and describing ungulate migrations in detail never seen before.
Each spread in this full-colour book investigates an ecological, historical, or conservation aspect of migration through clear and compelling maps, graphics, and photos. Using a narrative style that is both accessible and scientifically rigorous, this atlas tells the nuanced story of wildlife migration, the scientists who are studying it, and the conservationists who are working to keep wild migrations flowing across western landscapes. Wild Migrations is the perfect library addition for any reader interested in wildlife and landscapes of the American West, including students, biologists, land managers, decision-makers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Matthew Kauffman is professor of Wildlife Biology at University of Wyoming, Laramie. James E. Meacham is a Senior Research Associate and Executive Director of the InfoGraphics Lab at the University of Oregon. Hall Sawyer is a biologist and project manager with Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc., in Laramie, Wyoming. Alethea Y. Steingisser is a cartographic project manager at the University of Oregon. William J. Rudd is cofounder of the Wyoming Migration Initiative in Jackson, Wyoming. Emilene Ostlind editor and communications coordinator at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.