For Wednesday, October 17, plus Comments on “Yellowstone…”

  1.  Finish your oped.  Print, and bring it to class with a copy of the draft we discussed.
  2. Read Quammen, “Yellowstone:  Wild Heart of a Continent,” page 303 in Best American Magazine Writing or find it online here.
  3. What did you notice about the article, maybe about how Quammen makes use of research, or anything else?  Comment on this on this post.

4 thoughts on “For Wednesday, October 17, plus Comments on “Yellowstone…””

  1. This was an interesting piece on turf politics as it relates to the region that the Yellowstone encompasses. It is unfortunate that certain parties only care about their own interests and don’t look at the bigger picture. I believe the Yellowstone wildlife should be left undisturbed so that biodiversity in the region can greater thrive. Quammen makes use of research by interpreting it in a very realistic way. He does not shy way from the damage wild animals can inflict, but he argues that humans should adapt to their presence in the ways that they do. He definitely appealed to those who feel we need to protect and foster wild life in America, and was convincing in doing so.


  2. The research in this article was incorporated in a beautiful and seamless way. The author came off as extremely knowledgable about the topic, and understood even the small details about the politics of Yellowstone and the national parks. Specifically, I found it interesting how the author included the opening story about Lance Crosby, a real life example of how wildlife and human beings can be at a direct conflict. This effectively set the tone for the rest of the article. I also thought that when Quammen talked about all the different grievances of the people involved in Yellowstone, “Some hunters are angry that there aren’t enough elk. Some ranchers are angry that there are too many elk. Some wolf lovers are angry…” The detail of this section surprised me, as it indicated that the author truly understood the ins and outs of the park, even the small things. Overall, I enjoyed reading this article, as it addresses a very important subject, and explores politics of a somewhat unconventional subject.


  3. As I read the article Yellowstone, although it has facts and quotes from experts concerning the ecosystem and such, I found it very emotionally driven. The author uses a lot pathos to appeal to the audience. One example is when he said, “passionately dedicated people need to find collaborative solutions…” He also makes the point about how everything happens because humans want it and we never think about the animal, how it affects them and the environment around us. As you read this article, you can tell that he is an environmentalist and I enjoy reading it.


  4. While reading the article Yellowstone, facts about the national park were presented to me that I had never known. First and foremost I was never under the impression that Yellowstone had the difficutlies that were listed. Such as the killing of the parks animals, wolves to the extreme. Beavers were seen as a threat as well along with the killings of coyotes. I was also surprised to hear that when the park first opened up the amount of hunting that occured was not dealt with along with which parts of the park were to be protected like the gysers. As far as the opening portion of the article refered, with the dealth of crosby. This was very sad to hear that this man had lost his life while on hike due to the confrontaion with a mother grizzly bear and her cubs. Although there was precaustions he could have taken, it was most likely the inevitable to be attacked due to the fact she was “Protecting” her cubs and her life. I think while being involved with such a wide spectrum of wild life, some of which that could take your life it would be best to go on hikes or explore the park along side a friend for the utmost protection.


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