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Russ Talmo

Rockies & Plains Program Associate
Based out of the Missoula field office, Russ works directly with landowners and management agencies to manage the Electric Fence Incentive Program and the Yellowstone Bison Coexistence Project. He also lends support to various field coexistence projects for black footed ferret, fisher, wolverine, bison and wolves.

Posts By: Russ Talmo

Bison and calf, © Diana LeVasseur

Coexisting with Bison »

Everyone has heard the expression, “where the buffalo roam.” But there haven’t always been wide-roaming herds. Millions of bison roamed the Great Plains until a mass slaughter began in the early 1800s and by the late 1880s, fewer than 1,000 bison remained. Thanks to the work of Native American tribes, government agencies, and conservation groups… Read more »

Coexisting with Grizzly Bears »

Grizzly bears were once numerous, ranging across North America from California to the Great Plains, and from Mexico all the way up into Alaska. As with many species, westward expansion, human transformation of the landscape, and fear led to near-eradication of grizzly bears in the continental United States. When the grizzly bear was listed under… Read more »

Living With Grizzlies »

As grizzly bears continue to recover and expand into new territory, the need for communities to learn how to coexistence with these animals is more important than ever.

Grizzly with cubs, © Jim Chagares

Winter Is Coming. And Bears Know It. »

Conflicts between humans and bears can happen more often this time of year as bears must eat enough food to make it through the winter. Thankfully there are simple steps and useful tools to keep bears and people’s property safe.