Environews: Cows are eating Pando

By Amy Brunvand

A new report from the Western Watershed Project says that cattle are eating Pando, an aspen clone in the Fishlake National Forest that is considered the world’s largest living organism.

A 2018 study blamed mule deer because cattle only graze for two weeks. However, the new study says that during the period of intensive grazing the cows eat as much as mule deer eat in six months. The ability of cows to strip out large amounts of understory vegetation has recently been promoted by Utah politicians as a strategy to prevent wildfires.

This article was originally published on August 6, 2019.