Mission Statement

The E.A.R.L. Foundation’s primary objective is to expand and redefine the evolving knowledge base of Wyoming’s backcountry resources. We are committed to promoting an eco-active lifestyle that emphasizes a balance between wildlife and recreation in mountainous terrain. This is accomplished through multimedia presentations which reflect our dedication to the backcountry.

Be Eco-Active…Contact your elected representatives and express your opinion on backcountry issues.  Some of America’s most rugged wilderness is in Northwest Wyoming including several National Forests and Yellowstone National Park.  Use your voice and vote to make positive changes in the backcountry.  Many people at the forefront of wildlife issues form opinions based on emotion instead of science. E.A.R.L. supports a research based, balanced approach to complicated backcountry issues. Parity must exist in wildlife management to create a thriving ecosystem. Our team has over 30 years of wilderness experience and knows what it means to be the backcountry’s best friend.  Nearly every day someone from E.A.R.L. is out spotting elk, riding a ridge or building awareness of mountain related activities. Wyoming’s backcountry is big. The vast expanse can be overwhelming, filled with so many colors, sounds and scents.  Photos and videos are great, but they lack the depth only personal experience can provide.  Get out of your chair and see for yourself mountain vistas that are beyond mere words. What’s changed in the last 100 years?  How about the last 10,000?  The backcountry offers you a chance to experience a more primordial life, even for one weekend.  Do yourself a favor and visit the crystal clear waterfalls and mountain streams that only the most adventurous people call home.

Mountain News

Wolf Early Warning System

It is a fact that wolves living in Wyoming are here to stay.  Since their Lamar Valley introduction in 1995, gray wolves have flourished.  Wolf population has expanded rapidly and a nomadic instinct drives them increasingly toward livestock and near populated communities.  Unless a wolf early warning system is developed soon, it is likely instances of unintended livestock/pet interactions will occur even more frequently.

How To Pay For A Grizzly Mandate

Who’s paying for the bears? A good question with answers that really deserve more publicity in this time of defunded Wyoming wildlife management programs. Biologists and researchers almost immediately recognized that grizzly bears would ultimately drain state budgets. Expenses are nearly impossible to estimate since grizzly population expands almost every year. In fact, the 2002 Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan clearly stated costs for data collection and nuisance management would certainly exceed funds generated for the species.

Today’s game…Cutthroat Trout vs. Elk

A quite interesting game is being played in Yellowstone Park publicized by the recent Wyoming Wildlife magazine article “In the Water”. The story features highlights of the cutthroat fish fight against lake trout predation and drought. Unfortunately the low-lights were left out of the column. This would include how the 1.1 million lake trout have been slaughtered and tossed back into Yellowstone.

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