From the monthly archives: October 2007

This is a moderately good overview of the general wolf situation and history of wolves in Montana from the 1980s.

Wolf shot; animal had killed cattle. By Michael Jamison of the Missoulian.

On the other hand, whoever wrote the headline for Jamison’s story and the first three paragraphs (they are in boldface) was generally […]

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Video of the condition of Current Creek in the Owyhee.

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This guy set out an illegal poison for skunks and raccons. Coyotes ate the poisoned skunks and raccoons and died. Eagles ate the dead coyotes and died.

It was kind of like 1920.

He was fined for the value of the eagles; nothing about the use of an illegal poison.

Man told to pay […]

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This proposal for yet another dam on the Bear River stirred up unpreceded opposition in southeast Idaho.

Utility rescinds plans to build dam for southeast Idaho. Times News

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Wyoming’s new US senator John Barrasso has picked up one of the priorities of the late Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo.

It would stop oil and gas leasing in all of the 100 mile long Wyoming Range and buy back those leases already issued.

Senaror Barrasso brings bill to protect Wyoming Range. By Noelle Straub. […]

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California fires get caught up in global warming debate. By Rocky Barker. The same scientist who attributes the back-to-back big fire seasons in Idaho and the Northern Rockies as signs of human-induced climate change says the fires in California are not.

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Wolf hunt is part of the package for Montana delisting. Opinion. Daily InterLake

Montana FWP is planning a wolf hunt after delisting, as the opinion happily indicates.

However, FWP has invited wolf conservation groups for their views along with other groups. That is very unlike Idaho.

I also get the impression that a first […]

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California’s age of megafires. Drought, housing expansion, and oversupply of tinder make for bigger, hotter fires. By Daniel B. Wood. Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor.

Many factors behind the current California wildlfires are similar to those last summer in Idaho and Montana, except, of course, the sprawl into the “fire plain” is […]

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CDV is passed through close contact from domestic and feral dogs causing epidemics that often result in mass mortalities – and is pushing some species to the brink of extinction.

Rest of the story. How Canine Distemper Virus Jumps Across Species. Science Daily.

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Federal wildlife agents killed 1.6 million animals in ’06. By Matthew Brown. Associated Press.

The federal agency Wildlife Services “serviced” 1.6 million animals last year. Numerically most of them were birds, but a lot of them were animals that many, perhaps most Americans, would rather not see killed to fatten the bottom line for […]

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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