From the monthly archives: October 2009

Bill includes funding to reimburse for wolf kills, but may also contain money for proactive measures-

From what I’ve read, this sounds pretty good to me for wildlife and outdoors in Montana. Great Falls Tribune.

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Ranch is between Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho-

Here is something you don’t read about very often, especially in Idaho.  A predator kills an animal on a ranch, and the owner or manager is not drooling for revenge.

Mountain lion kills 2 alpacas. Ranch manager declines offer to kill predator.  Idaho Mountain Express.

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27 % decline in 2008 will be followed by another decline in ’09-

At the end of 2007 there were 171 wolves that lived primarily inside Yellowstone Park, but very high pup mortality due to disease (distemper) along with the natural attrition of adult and sub-adult wolves caused a 27% decline (124 wolves). Disease had […]

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The small population may be the cause of its own collapse without more females . . . STAT-

There aren’t many French brown [ursus arctos] bears left. What are have a badly distorted ratio in favor of males.  This might be the result of chance, the result of inbreeding, or male bears competing with each […]

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Poached bear found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of the Rocky Mountain Front-

Another grizzly found clawless. By Karl Puckett. Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer

Just for reference. This bear was part of the Northern Continental Divide ecosystem grizzly bear population, the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 states (more bears than greater […]

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SNWA loses right to suck 6- billlion gallons of water a year from under Nevada desert valleys-

This is a blockbuster decision for the high desert of Nevada and western Utah and against the same old pattern of urban sprawl for Las Vegas. The state supreme court could yet rule for SNWA. It’s a big […]

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Cape Breton Highland National Park in Nova Scotia was site of the attack-

I’ve got to wonder if there weren’t really coywolves. On the other hand, there have been sporadic (non-fatal) attacks by coyotes on people in Yellowstone Park where it is just the original western coyote and occasional fatalities in other places.

Singer […]

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Conferees from 20 countries gather to discuss strategies-

Talks over tiger extinction fears. The Press Association

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Lots of grizzly bears have been killed in B.C.’s Bella Coola River valley-

Six years ago Jackie and I took a special trip to Bella Coola to see bears. We did, but it was clear the locals didn’t appreciate their value.

Mark Hume. In B.C.’s wilderness, where the wild things aren’t. The Globe and […]

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This one may not have serious injury to the hunter-

I want to note that JerryB posted a version this story as a comment earlier, but it isn’t good to post an entire story because they are copyrighted.

Paradise Valley hunter mauled by grizzly bear. By Ben Pierce. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. One […]

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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