From the daily archives: Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Both CIEDRA and the Owyhee Initiative are probably stuck and will die in this Congress due to the failure of the current “lame duck” session to take them up in the short period of time available.

Both bills have been very controversial with many conservation groups calling them “too weak” and with too many “giveaways.” On top of that Senator Larry Craig, who I predicted would try to kill them, insists no passage until the ranchers and counties get their money promised in the bills first. Because there is no hope for such an appropriation in a lame duck session, that would seem to kill them unless he can be out maneuvered.

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Yes, they are killing more wolves after livestock attacks. This will not reduce the wolf population unless, other things being unchanged, the mortality rate reaches 30 to 40% a year.

A more significant question is “does this do any good and is it cost-effective?” Does it make economic sense to call out the Wildlife Services […]

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The large canid that killed sheep for over a year in northeast central Montana and which was finally shot about a month ago, might not have been a wolf afterall, but the possibility that it was a wolf has not been ruled out.

As in life, controversy continues over the animal’s nature and origin even […]

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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