I took a ten day trip to western Idaho, north central Idaho and western Montana, with more time in or near Glacier National Park because, other than McCall (western Idaho), Glacier was the only place not covered with heavy forest fire smoke.

These forest fires are clearly going to burn until snowfall, putting out lots of smoke even as they burn little new territory. I think the fires are the most significant wildlife event I saw during the trip, and a lot more needs to be written about their growing presence.

Thanks go to “b.e.” for taking over the blog while I was gone.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Thanks to "B.E." for editing my blog while I was gone

  1. avatar Mikeh says:

    See any wildlife up in Glacier? Some fantastic country.

  2. I saw muleys (not whitetailed deer), mountain goats, elk, and two big, full curl bighorn rams. No wolves, no bears!

    The goats were right on the trail. People wondered why? I didn’t tell them they were after the salt in your urine.

    There is a terrible threat from Canada to all of the west side of Glacier and surrounding area. I will write about it soon — it’s the coal development immediately adjacent to and northwest of the Glacier NP.

  3. avatar Jay McAllister says:

    Ralph,
    Are you a descendent of THE Peter Maughan? I know that not every Maughan is not necessarily related to Peter; however, out here, most every Maughan is. My line runs through George Harrison Maughan.

    I found your blog most interesting.

    Last year, were up at Slough Creek. I don’t know if they are nicer to former biology teachers than the average tourist, but the “professional” wolf watchers at Slough Creek were most helpful and informative.

    My wife and I are trailering up to Slough Creek next week to try out my new Leopould scope. Hope you have time to reply.

    Jay
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    Note: I answered Jay by private email. RM

  4. avatar Mikeh says:

    Ralph –

    I have been following the coal mines of the North Fork for quite some time. What a disaster that plan is.

    You saw some nice wildlife. Glacier is a great spot for it. I like how muley’s and white tail are in the same areas on the west side.

    Did you see the full curls up on Logan?

    Glacier is probably my favorite park followed by Grand Teton, and then of course Yellowstone.

  5. Yes the full curls were on the mountain above Hidden Lake.

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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."

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