From the monthly archives: September 2011

There is a fight going on in Oregon between wolf advocates and ranchers.  Nothing new right? Well, this one has a twist.  As it stands now, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) biologists are who make the determinations as to whether a wolf is responsible for killing livestock or not.  Ranchers don’t like that […]

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GOP-backed bill tries to give Homeland Security a pass on environmental laws within 100 miles of international borders for “national security”

The “National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (H.R. 1505),” is slowly moving in the GOP-controlled House. So far hearings have been held. Supporters say it would help border patrol activities by waiving 36 […]

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Now could the 4 dams clogging the lower Snake River be removed?

The 105 feet high Elwha Dam and the 210 foot high Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River will soon come down. There was a big celebration at Port Angeles, Washington. I can’t wait to see the return of salmon to this coastal river. […]

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Rare grizzly of the Cabinet-Yaak, wounded, apparently turns on hunter’s partner and kills him-

Note that the story below has been superseded. The hunter who ended up dead was shot by his partner as the grizzly attacked him. The bullet was, of course, likely meant for the bear. Matters are still being investigated as of […]

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After receiving a groundswell of public comments prompted by Western Watersheds Project and local wolf advocates’ tireless effort the Blaine County Commission voted to require the Flat Top Ranch and The Nature Conservancy to provide a predator management plan emphasizing non-lethal protection of livestock prior to the Commission’s final approval of the ranch’s conservation easement […]

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Montana’s U.S. Jon Tester and his 2012 Republican challenger, Rep. Denny Rehberg, are debating which one deserves the most credit for pulling the wolf in Montana off the Endangered Species Act-

George Ochenski of the Missoula Independent sees this debate as illustration why 87% of Americans say Congress is doing a terrible job.

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Commission moves quickly on plan, but transfer to state has to wait for Wyoming legislature to meet (2012)-

As expected the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission acted rapidly to approve the proposed Wyoming wolf management plan. Information available does not indicate whether ay changes were made in the plan when it was adopted.

Wyoming cannot […]

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Suzy Foss, one of far right majority on commission, says local folks fear for their children playing outside-

The Ravalli County, Montana, Commission dominated by right wingers in this sub-division riddled part of the Bitterroot Valley has been  fanning hysteria to divert attention from their collusion with subdividers, their anti-conservation ethic, and their religious pushiness, […]

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Mexico is poised to release Mexican wolves near the border with Arizona and New Mexico where, if they cross into the U.S. they would have full protection under the Endangered Species Act. This is giving ranchers some heartburn but, short of violating the ESA, there is nothing they can do to stop it.

Two […]

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Six packs use the Park, but none year round-

Under the Wyoming wolf plan being developed, the wolves of Yellowstone and Grand Teton are to be protected from hunting, but only when they are inside the Parks. Grand Teton is a small Park. The Park’s superintendent points this out in his official comment on the […]

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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