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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

TAYLOR WILDERNESS RESEARCH STATION No other university has a research facility quite like the Taylor Wilderness Research Station in central Idaho, which is surrounded by 4 million acres of wilderness. To reach the station, located in the heart of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, researchers, students and visitors must fly in or hike for three days, but it is exactly this remote location which makes Taylor such an outstanding place for education and research. Maurice Hornocker famously started mountain lion studies in the region and helped bring the 65-acre property to the University of Idaho. Following his work, faculty and students have engaged in numerous studies at Taylor, including plant identification, wildlife surveys, stream ecology and the impact of wildfire. A host of environmental monitoring activities are also underway at the station. The station provides research sites not only for university faculty but also for researchers from NOAA, Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among many others. Dozens of students from high school up to graduate school visit the station every year to participate in hands-on research and education.

Maurice Hornocker Maurice Hornocker is well known for his research on big cats. He was also instrumental in establishing the Taylor Wilderness Research Station. A professor of wildlife resources and leader of the Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit from 1968 to 1985, Maurice often flew out to a remote ranch to conduct mountain lion research and became friends with the ranch’s owner, Jess Taylor. In 1969, Jess agreed to sell the ranch to the university for $100,000, and the college gained 65-acres in the middle of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for research and education. Maurice conducted pioneering research on big cats in North America and around the world, including leopards, jaguars and tigers, often photographing his subjects for National Geographic and other publications. In 1985, he established the Hornocker Wildlife Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to wildlife research and education.

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Celebrating 100 years of Natural Resources  

University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources has been educating leaders for more than 100 years. This book celebrates that legacy and...

Celebrating 100 years of Natural Resources  

University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources has been educating leaders for more than 100 years. This book celebrates that legacy and...

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