From the monthly archives: March 2013

Holistic grazing guru pieces together false assumptions to produce ineffective but popular recommendations on climate change-

Allan Savory is a name not well known to most people concerned about climate change. However, he has been preaching his gospel of holistic grazing for a generation now and is somewhat loved by the Western livestock grazing industry, […]

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It is time for a new “wildlife news” thread. Please put  your news, links and comments below in comments.

Here is a link to the thread being retired (March 3, 2013).

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Lory State Park west of Fort Collins, CO, burns-

Drought conditions across the U.S. have not changed much since last year’s near record. This is especially true in  the mid-West and the Western U.S.  There have already been several. One was in Idaho near Boise. It threatened homes. Now a thousand acre wildfire has burned […]

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Some are already out-

For the next month grizzlies in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Canada will emerge from their dens.  Some are reported to already be out hunting for the first tender grass and for winter carcasses.

In the last few days there have been stories alerting people to the fact of the bears “awakening” […]

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You know that it’s bad when Fox News writes about the abuses of an agency loved and defended by conservatives.

Animal torture, abuse called a ‘regular practice’ within federal wildlife agency
Fox News

The article talks about the “regular practice” by Wildlife Service’s agents of letting their dogs attack animals that have been […]

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Don Peay, Ryan Benson to receive 300K to spread fables-

Utah is dead last place in America in per-pupil spending on education. The state legislature does want to innovate, however. So for a second year it appears they will grant $300,000 to Don Peay, founder of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and the related anti-wolf group Big Game Forever, headed […]

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Wyoming National Parks sequestered along with the rest in the U.S.-

There are many stories and possible stories about the sequester’s across-the-board cuts.

Like the rest of federal discretionary spending, the National Park System (NPS) has to deal with the cuts.  NPS has to deal with $113-million in instant budget reduction. This is especially difficult […]

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In yesterday’s post about the Owyhee “Group 1” grazing decision we discussed the NRCS Ecological Site Descriptions for Juniper Mountain that inaccurately describe the vegetation and magically discount the native juniper forests that exist there.    In the Environmental Assessment the BLM states: “Ecological site descriptions for Castlehead-Lambert allotment do not identify the presence […]

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The Owyhee BLM has finally issued a Proposed Decision on the so-called “Group 1” allotments but, unfortunately, the BLM really doesn’t go far enough to reverse damage caused by decades of abusive livestock grazing and they didn’t collect enough information to rationalize their decision even though the Environmental Assessment (EA) consists of a whopping […]

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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