From the monthly archives: June 2011

No quotas (limits) are expected for hunt except along part of the Idaho/Montana border-

Idaho to offer looser wolf hunt rules. By John Miller and Matthew Brown. Associated Press

Ever since Butch Otter became Idaho’s governor, it was clear to me and the […]

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Here is an editorial from the Idaho Statesman on the failure of license fees and game tags to generate enough revenue to manage fish and wildlife in Idaho, especially with the coming cuts in federal aid. Brian Ertz earlier posted a related article and there has already been quite a bit of discussion in […]

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Happy photographers, traffic jams, a bit of danger, and an opportunity for a screw-up-

Mead Gruver of the Associated Press has a new story on these famous roadside bears.

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Previously, Friends of […]

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As I’ve argued for a long time, this is probably because there are few wolves to kill-

It is a political article of faith in much of Idaho that wolves are the reason for the relatively low elk numbers in the area called “the Lolo.” The belief also blames wolves for the failure of elk […]

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Jackson Hole Weekly has feature article on the annual ritual of stupidity, malice, and waste of money-

Every May the Montana’s Department of Livestock, and employees from various other Montana and federal agencies haze bison deep into Yellowstone Park.  During the winter, the bison migrate westward out of the Park to graze and give birth […]

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Human evolutionary pressure has favored species that have short lifespans, begin to reproduce early, and are small-

The findings detailed in the article below are entirely predictable. By selectively killing (overfishing) the largest fish (and biggest animals) humans unintentionally guide the course of evolution to favor the small, quick reproducers. While human caused, this result […]

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Effects of winter linger into late June-

Roads, campgrounds closed this weekend. By Cory Hatch. Jackson Hole Daily.

An interesting sidelight of this story is that peregrine falcons have been “dive bombing” (stooping) climbers of Baxter’s Pinnacle near the mouth of Cascade Canyon […]

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Why does this economically modest and destructive economic activity get so much priority?

A recent report published by the Department of Interior demonstrates what conservation advocates have been arguing for years:  Recreational use of public lands creates many more jobs and much more economic value than public lands ranching.

Department of the Interior’s Economic […]

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Livestock disease infects at least 11 in Washington and Montana

Q-fever is a little-know, under-reported disease that sheep, goats, and cattle carry and transmit to humans.   Listed as a potential bio-terrorism agent, recreationists – especially those with immunity issues, children and pregnant women – should take proper precautions to avoid domestic sheep on public lands […]

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Lines between Livestock, Sporting and Gun Groups Continue to Blur

John Campbell (R-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Gary Peters (D-MI) co-sponsored the bipartisan Lethal Predator Control Amendment, an amendment t0 H.R. 2112 (the Agriculture appropriations bill), which would have cut Wildlife Service’s $11 million appropriation used for a program that kills predators on behalf of […]

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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