From the daily archives: Saturday, September 9, 2006

The Owyhee country, a huge area in SW Idaho that also includes country in northern Nevada and SE Oregon, is little known by most Americans, or even Idahoans who do not live in Idaho’s Treasure Valley (Boise-Nampa-Caldwell). It is lonely country with vast tablelands, mountains, and deep canyons cut in basalt, said to be the largest area in the lower 48 without a paved road.

The only thing similar I know of is Wyoming’s vast Red Desert. Unlike the Red Desert, which is being poisoned and trashed by the natural gas drillers, efforts to protect the Owyhee are underway. A broad-based coalition has formed to support the Owyhee Initiative, but conservation groups are deeping divided on the matter.

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I found a better list of mountain lion attacks than the one I posted the other day. It is maintained by a wildlife ecology professor. Cougar Attacks on Humans in the United States and Canada

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey