Fear and Loathing in Wyoming

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Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore

In the summer of 1998, my life was transformed by an ominous encounter with the once-­familiar subjects of my research. Having been hired by the University of Wyoming a decade earlier to study the ecology and management of rangeland grasshoppers, I thought that I pretty much knew these insects.

One morning I began gathering data from research plots. A week earlier, my field crew had reported that to the north, where deep gullies were etched into the