This multi-part series on the Badger Fire explores its eﬀects on South Hills wildlife, biology and ecology. See the whole series here.
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As the forest begins to regenerate after the Badger Fire, elk and moose will probably be OK. Mule deer — the South Hills' most abundant ungulate species — are going to struggle. But there are also things you can do to help them.
Loss of sage grouse habitat in the wake of the Badger Fire marks just the latest bad news for a struggling bird that's facing a handful of existential threats.
It's not clear when recreation will return to the South Hills or what it will look like when it does. But when it does, the people who use the area say they hope they'll be involved in making improvements.
Get used to big burns like the Badger Fire — climatologists say they're going to be happening more in the future.
Rehab efforts have already begun in the South Hills. The land is starting to come back.