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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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

7 Responses to Utah wildlife officers encounter un-bull-eviable scene

  1. avatar sal says:

    An interesting side note:

    I was just showing this article to a couple friends who hunt. One told me of a pair of deer that were caught in a similar situation and the surviving buck somehow managed to pull away with the entire head and rack of its opponent still attached.

    Yikes, that would be a rather gruesome sight.

  2. avatar Mack P. Bray says:

    Somewhere on or near a trail in Yellowstone, I cannot for the life of me remember where, is a large, single antler that was caught in a tree and the tree grew around it. Anyone know where this is?

  3. avatar April Clauson says:

    Yes, it is in the meadow below Speciman ridge? About 1/2 mile from where the Wolves were held before they were released. Our guide showed it to us, I have a picture of it. It is so cool, in one of the Aspen groves. If I was there I could take you too it.

  4. avatar Concerned says:

    Antler locks as well as other locks are not un-common, it happens quite often.

  5. avatar Mack P. Bray says:

    April, will you please consider emailing me the pic? I would *really* appreciate it. 🙂

    In my faded memory, the antler is not in an aspen grove, but is in a tree, perhaps a cottonwood, very near a drop towards a creek or river.

    Could there be 2 in Yellowstone?

    Mack P. Bray
    My opinions are my own


  6. avatar sal says:

    Good thing that “antler in tree” is in the Park, otherwise some smart-alek would have cut down the tree just for the unique trophy, which would keep others from enjoying it too.

  7. avatar steve says:

    We believe we saw your “antler tree” on a hike through the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone in September 2006. It was in a part of the trail that follows the river closely. We may have a photo.


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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

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