Wolf sightings renew Colorado debate. By Charlie Meyers.  Denver Post Outdoors Editor.

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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.

10 Responses to Wolf sightings renew Colorado debate

  1. avatar Davej says:

    Too scared to get of the car? How long before the Denver Post downsizes their “Outdoor” dept.?

  2. avatar John d. says:

    Unpredictable?

  3. avatar mike post says:

    The real point here is that there are no knowledgable folks handling outdoor issues for the failing papers. That means that the real messages that the population needs to hear are going out less and less, or in some exploitive context.
    Where does the average person get their conservation news (and I am not talking about the folks who participate in blogs like this, just the voting majority)?

  4. avatar vickif says:

    Mike,
    From the red neck next door?
    Colorado is fragmented, but aside from that, this guy is clueless.
    Such ingnorance is better suited to photos from a sunroof. Atleast he hasn’t figured out how quickly a wolf could leap onto a car roof, grrrrrrooowl. (What a twirp).
    Colorado has long been held in the grip of ranchers and oil companies. Our new Sec of Interior, Salazar, offers little hope of changing that.
    The ‘old west’ mentality is a bit played out. Colorado is increasingly green, but it is a grassroots movement. We can credit neo-hippies with ethics and big wallets…not media or politicians.
    The fragmented Colorado wilderness is just a representation of the new wilderness by definition. Aside from remote Alaska, you will hardly find wilderness that isn’t fragmented to some degree.
    Wolves, like many animals, could adapt. But politicians may never allow them the chance. This type of irresponsible reporting only adds to the need for change.

  5. avatar vickif says:

    Mike,
    From the red neck next door?
    Colorado is fragmented, but aside from that, this guy is clueless.
    Such ingnorance is better suited to photos from a sunroof. Atleast he hasn’t figured out how quickly a wolf could leap onto a car roof, grrrrrrooowl. (What a twirp).
    Colorado has long been held in the grip of ranchers and oil companies. Our new Sec of Interior, Salazar, offers little hope of changing that.
    The ‘old west’ mentality is a bit played out. Colorado is increasingly green, but it is a grassroots movement. We can credit neo-hippies with ethics and big wallets…not media or politicians.
    The fragmented Colorado wilderness is just a representation of the new wilderness by definition. Aside from remote Alaska, you will hardly find wilderness that isn’t fragmented to some degree.
    Wolves, like many animals, could adapt. But politicians may never allow them the chance. This type of irresponsible reporting only adds to the need for change.

  6. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Unfortunately, I think this is where people get their opinions on wildlife. That and their local politicians who spread their rhetoric that is purchased from the ranching interests.

  7. avatar Barb says:

    I’ve heard that Salazar is being considered as a supreme court nominee!

    I’m hoping that will actually happen — get him as far away from the Interior as possible — PLEASE! TAKE HIM!

  8. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    When and where did you hear that Barb?

  9. avatar Save bears says:

    Barb,

    You would rather have him sitting with the group that rules on law as well as moralities in this country, than the dept of the interior? At least with him being the head of the DOI he can be overruled, but on the supreme court there will be no overruling him!

  10. avatar Vicki S says:

    Ralph, I live in CO and have been wondering whatever happened w/the necropsy on the disperser wolf from MT that was killed when it wandered into CO.

    Never heard anything, did you, or anyone? Seems like they should have come up w/a cause of death by now.

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