From the monthly archives: November 2011

What a turnaround in the space of 3 years!

In 2008 I took a 2 week trip to the headwaters of the famed North Fork of the Flathead River in B.C. to say goodbye to one of North America’s premier fish and wildlife areas, not to mention its incredible beauty.

Huge open pit coal mines, […]

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Congressional hearings are rigged, but occasionally you can insult congressional tyrants-

Public hearings before Congress are hardly ever disinterested forums for gaining policy knowledge. They are mostly set up by the majority party to move or retard legislation or score some political points. Hearings are used to make it appear the public is listened to, […]

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Poachers killed a big bull elk and also illegally transferred wolf tags-

Here is the outcome of the matter of the elk poaching Tasmanians in the Idaho wilderness. Many of the details came from an article by Australian reporter Paul Toohey for The Mercury.

The 3 men, Darren Tubb, 43, Anton Kapeller, 58, and Samuel […]

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In an implicit acknowledgement that public lands ranching is often incompatible with native species viability on public lands, Margaret Soulen Hinson provides more hyperbolic rhetoric at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands:

Public Lands Council Press Release:

RANCHERS WARN U.S. FOREST POLICIES THREATEN LIVESTOCK GRAZING
Nov. […]

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Wintering elk on Refuge to be reduced to 5000 to 7000-

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. of the Jackson Hole News and Guide has written another article on the problem of too many wintering elk in the vicinity of Jackson Hole — too many elk at the feedgrounds and national elk refuge to avoid a […]

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Quota of 18 wolves was reached over a large area of the state-

Unit 390 which is the following counties closed after 18 wolves were killed and tagged. Prairie, Custer, Powder River, Silver Bow, Golden Valley, Fergus, Cascade, Meagher, Gallatin, Park, Judith Basin, Wheatland, Sweet Grass, Dawson, Stillwater, Carbon, Petroleum, Musselshell, Big Horn, Treasure, Rosebud, […]

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REVA (H.R. 3432) Would Provide Cash Option for Grazing Permittees

Conservationists hailed the introduction of the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (H.R. 3432) in Congress, a bill that would allow federal grazing permittees to voluntarily relinquish their grazing permits back to the managing federal agency in exchange for compensation paid by a third party. The bill […]

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Legal wolf trapping is now underway in northern Idaho-

Idaho first legal wolf trapping season is underway.  Trapping is controversial and there are many questions about it. Answers will come. Lessons might be learned.

During this first season, wolves can be caught with leg-hold traps or by snares.

Whether trapping is ethically or morally right, […]

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Bridger-Teton National Forest sued for failure to analyze new projects blocking the path of the pronghorn-

According to the Western Watersheds Project, the Bridger-Teton N.F. was talking up a good story how they were going the protect the “path of the pronghorn” which runs from the Wyoming desert, where they winter, northward to Jackson Hole […]

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Unlike deer and pronghorn, are elk trapped forever in the high mountain valley?

The big mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is so high and cold that elk did not winter there before Euro-American settlement blocked the late fall migration routes out and settlers eventually began to feed elk at what became the National Elk […]

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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