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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.

2 Responses to Pneumonia now killing bighorn in NE Utah too

  1. avatar JimT says:

    I am thinking the only hope for these populations is that the surviving sheep will have some sort of resistance to the disease in the next generation…Sad to hear about, sad to realize this is the not so pretty side of life in the wild.

  2. I attended the meeting in Salt Lake City a year ago concerning Bighorn diseases. One of the biologists sitting by me indicated that the same company supplied the helicopter and capture equipment like nets etc., including transportation for the captured bighorns in several states. If this is true, someone needs to investigate to see if the capture crews are spreading diseases from herd to herd by using the same un-sanitary equipment. The masks they use over the bighorns eyes looked to me like a possible source of infection. The biologist indicated to me that they didn’t disinfect anything in between captures in various states.

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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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