From the monthly archives: December 2006

Here is the latest news release from the Buffalo Field Campaign.

Once again, the West Yellowstone area has claimed the title of the coldest place in the lower 48 states. This morning’s frosty low temperature is 20 below zero. Monday’s low temperature reached way down to -32 F. Throughout the week, BFC volunteers have been bundled up and out in the field keeping an eye on four magnificent bull buffalo in Horse Butte’s Yellowstone Village housing area. These buffalo have chosen their location wisely as the residents of Yellowstone Village have strictly prohibited buffalo harassment in their neighborhood, including hunting. Nevertheless, several groups of prospective hunters continue to watch the buffalo in this protected area hoping they might move to an area where one might get a legal shot. These buffalo, however, seem content to conserve their energy and thus far, have stayed well within this safe zone.

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I posted this article as part of a comment yesterday, but it deserves its own post. The natural gas industry is the major threat to elk and deer in Wyoming (and, of course, chronic wasting disease). I have always thought the state’s anti-wolf rhetoric was mostly designed to divert attention away from the industialization of […]

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Wyoming, he says, although he is making a larger point.

The most pro-wolf state of them. Bill Schneider. New West.

My guess is that the delisting is really the courtesy of Dirk Kempthorne, former governor of Idaho, now Secretary of Interior; and I suspect that […]

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Idaho’s largest newspaper has this editorial this morning.

Our View: Otter should tone down wolf rhetoric. Idaho Statesman.

Note added on January 14, 2007. Although the link above has expired, it turns out that the Statesman was absolutely correct in its worries.

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This is a story from PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility). It looks like it may be another case of Bush Administration’s illegal politicization of the executive branch bureaucracy. Numerous laws have been passed over the years to make the non-appointed public employee immune from partisan poltical pressure and retaliation.

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“Idahoans could be hunting wolves within 12 months, when Gov. Jim Risch and state wildlife officials take over managing the state’s wolves as federal officials proposed Tuesday.” This article is in the Idaho Statesman today. It’s by Rocky Barker and Roger Phillips.

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So the USFWS caved in. Here is a brief story in the Idaho Statesman. 2:33 p.m. Wolves move closer to delisting status. Idaho Statesman

KIFI, Local News 8. Fish and Wildlife to move ahead on wolf […]

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The Sawtooth Mountains at Stanley, Idaho. Photo by Ralph Maughan. June 2006. Will wolf delisting in the Northern Rockies allow the state of Idaho to wipe out all the wolves in the scenic area where the public can actually see them?

Idaho has 650 or so wolves. The state’s vast backcountry and wildlife […]

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Huge reduction in wolves could be the outcome of proposal.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met Monday with Governor Dave Freudental and Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming and others in Cheyenne, to discuss the details of a new plan that would give Wyoming management of all wolves in the state outside of the national […]

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Back in the 1980s almost every state with U.S. Forest Service land got a statewide Wilderness bill. Two states that did not were Idaho and Montana. Idaho had, and still has, more unprotected roadless national forest land than any other state. Montana has less, but it has a lot.

A statewide wilderness bill for Montana […]

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December 2006


‎"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