Wildflowers at Lake Mohave. Springtime March 2017. Copyright Ralph Maughan

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Here is the link to the “old” wildlife news of Jan. 15, 2017.

About The Author

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.

174 Responses to Do you have some interesting wildlife news? March 22, 2017 edition

  1. avatar Salle says:

    Just for kicks…

    I was listening to a radio short piece… “The 90-Second Naturalist”

    Today the host talked about Dr. David Suzuki, who turns 81 tomorrow, and his commentary on scientific research.

    I quickly realized that 90 seconds is hardly enough time to even scratch the surface on the good doctor. This man inspired me decades ago and was one of the few figures who started me on my path as an adult to be mindful of my environment and how I could exist with the minimum negative impact to it if I chose to do so. As time progressed I came to understand that I wouldn’t be so informed without the contributions of scientific research. His stepping up and becoming a public voice for the biosphere reached millions and impacted their thinking over many decades now and I just want to celebrate his legacy.

    He still works to offer us so much…

  2. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    Film crew captures first-ever footage of wild Iberian wolves hunting

    Scene just one of many stunning sequences in new Spanish nature documentary ‘Cantábrico’

    But the wolf hunt is not the only surprise in Cantábrico, which was shot in the regions of Castilla y León, Cantabria and Asturias.

    Using ultra high-definition cameras, drones, and equipment capable of capturing up to 1,500 frames a second, the crew managed to film two brown bears copulating and the birth of a venomous Vipera seoanei viper. Other sequences recorded for posterity include those of carnivorous plants devouring wasps and ants deploying chemical warfare against the largest woodpecker in Europe.

    For one of the most stunning sections of the documentary, the crew used a specially fitted-out helicopter to film a group of Ibex traversing snowy peaks.

    But the film’s seasoned director warns that some of the footage in the documentary is “unrepeatable” in the forests of the Cantabrian Mountains – such as the presence of five Cantabrian capercaillies in the same shot. Loss of habitat means there are only 200 to 300 males left in the entire range.

  3. avatar WM says:

    WA wolf numbers increase by 28 percent, officially (likely higher):


    • avatar Nancy says:

      Yet depredation, by the “ever increasing populations of wolves” is minute, given their numbers in and around, ranching communities.

      “No conflicts with livestock were documented for 16 out of the 20 wolf packs identified in the report. Four packs – and one lone wolf – were each involved in at least one event leading to the death of a cow or calf in 2016”

      In Montana, 2016 – 39 or so confirmed kills by wolves, out of a population of what, 2 million head of cattle, being raised in the state?


      Took at trip to the local trash dumpster this morning and stopped to check out watercress, growing on a rancher’s ditch (going off from the creek) and smack dap in the middle of a raised piece of silt/mud, in that ditch, was a wolf paw print.

      No mistaking it, because of the size 🙂

      And I could almost picture that wolf, launching off from one side of that ditch, hitting the middle, with one foot and landing on the other side 🙂

      FYI – no chatter, from what I’ve gathered, among local ranchers re: wolves “savaging” their cattle, even though wolves have been sighted on and off in the area, since last fall.

      Much Ado About Nothing

  4. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    A cute story I saw on the news this morning about a bear waking up from hibernation. Then I found out it concerns an impact study for a proposed utility-scale wind farm in the Green Mountain National Forest! (approved by the Forest Service, of course). A national forest!!!! It doesn’t sound like a good location? People must have such a genetic predisposition to cut down trees and tear up virgin landscapes. Trammel the untrammeled. “Renewable Energy, Goooood” as they blunder on through. There must be somewhere else to put a wind farm:



    “Local environmentalists say they are concerned about the project’s possible impacts on wildlife habitat in the Green Mountain National Forest, which stretches for more than 400,000 acres along the southwestern spine of Vermont, rolling past hills of upland brush and dense stands of sugar and red maples, American beech and yellow birch.”


    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      “The installation would require clear-cutting American beech trees, an important source of food for black bears. The bears feed on the beechnuts, and the western edge of the proposed project site is “dominated by American beech” and “includes areas of concentrated mature beech trees that show evidence of foraging by black bears,” according to the final EIS.

      A total of 73 acres of forestland and 14 acres of private land would need to be cleared and graded for the project, including the temporary clearing of nearly 2 acres at each turbine site to assemble and install the turbines, according to the final EIS.”

  5. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Carcass-stealing by grizzlies does not mean wolves kill more often.


  6. avatar Kathleen says:

    Arkansas’ governor just signed an extremely egre:gious ag-gag law: “Arkansas lawmakers take ‘civil’ approach with new ag-gag law”

    Excerpt: “Arkansas has taken a different approach with its new cause of civil action. It applies to the “unauthorized use” of commercial property, meaning businesses, agricultural or timber production operations including buildings and outdoor areas not open to public and even residential properties used for business purposes.

    Anyone who knowingly gains access to a nonpublic area of such property and engages in an act that “exceeds the person’s authority to enter the nonpublic area is liable to the owner or operator for damages sustained by the owner or operator.”


    It will impact many whistle-blowers:

    “The state enacted a bill that will jeopardize citizens’ ability to report abuse across industries including nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and factory farms.”


  7. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    Some more background. This is part of a 7-year study funded by the wind corporation, a European firm, Iberdrola, as a condition for getting a permit. It’s right in the middle of prime bear habitat. This is why these types of projects should not be left in the hands of industry to do with as they will. These poor bears would not have to undergo this invasive disturbance otherwise. I think (small) wind installations can be ok in the right locations, but this seems like a terrible location. Not to mention service roads going in, *shudder*:


  8. avatar Kathleen says:

    From the House Committee on Natural Resources:

    “Next week, the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will examine the Endangered Species Act and its impact on infrastructure development. The law’s cumbersome consultation requirements have zapped taxpayer resources and imposed interminable delays for infrastructure projects across the country. Here’s a preview ahead of next week’s hearing”: http://www.myajc.com/news/transportation/endangered-bat-delay-dot-projects/0AIaIXht7hMfjY0a9ORl8J/?icmp=ajc_internallink_textlink_apr2013_ajcstubtomyajc_launch

    (Don’t miss the newscaster’s biased comment at the end.)

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00 AM
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      Wow. But I will say that it is interesting that for solar and wind, this will have some impact also. For something that is supposed to help, they’re going to very extremely destructive to wildlife and habitat. This is something that was started during the previous administration too. Take permits up to 30 years for wind farms, without any accountability.

      It would be one thing if we converted to solar and wind for the majority of our energy needs – but as it is, with drilling for oil, natural gas, fracking, tar sands, nuclear, it is just more destruction taken in total. 🙁

  9. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    “The agency concluded that the population of roughly 40,000 golden eagles in the United States could withstand the loss of about 2,000 birds annually. Bald eagles, estimated at more than 140,000, could sustain as many as 4,200 fatalities a year without endangering the species, it found.”

    I just have to shake my head. Don’t you just love how easily wildlife deaths are dismissed, and with such certainty that nothing else would contribute, such as disease outbreaks. So the process of breaking down the ESA, like other laws put in place to protect the environment and wildlife, has been ongoing.

    • avatar Chris Harbin says:

      Does it have figures for the numbers of Congress people we can lose before endangering their species? Sorry have been sarcastic lately.

  10. avatar Professor Sweat says:

    Had a feeling the Shasta wolves would start turning up again:


  11. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    This was the cover of my Sunday paper magazine today. At first I thought it was wolves, until I read that it was about sled dogs. I couldn’t help but think that there’s no doubt as to who their ancestral daddy and momma is:


  12. avatar Nancy says:

    WTF? This article makes no sense but I’m sure it makes the livestock industry feel better about decades of trashing sage grouse habitat.


  13. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Increasing number of Manitoba cattle fall prey to wolves


    I don’t believe anybody in their right mind, at this stage of the game, would argue that a rancher should be able to protect what is theirs. What I find ironic is that this particular cattle-person estimates a dozen losses, whereas in the main body of this story another heading reads:

    Manitoba rancher says 150 cows stolen from his ranch this year.


    Is cattle theft/rustling more of a problem that wolves?

    • avatar Nancy says:

      Begs the question, are wolves really “leaving no trace?”

      “You can see them in the afternoon and go back in the evening and that calf has just disappeared,” Green said”

      I respectively disagree with that statement because of the years I spent brushing ranch land, on a ranch in the Big Hole. Bones all over the property, from cows, calves etc. who died over the winter months and their deaths had nothing to do with predators.

      So lets break it down:

      “For cattle producers, their animals are everything — their livelihood, their time and, in many cases, decades of hard work”

      No doubt about that, raising cattle is a full time business/a product. Key word here – A business.

      But how many ranchers really want to do the dirty work of actually protecting that “product” 24/7 in this day and age where people are starting to care and connect with what’s left of wild areas, they’ve used and too often in the past, abused?

      Not many, IMHO, given how many of their product, died from other causes and became food for a whole host of scavengers.

      • avatar Nancy says:

        And I don’t know why it would be a stretch to realize (because of the price & demand for beef these days) some aren’t taking full advantage of the fact that cattle too often roam loose, all over the west, on public lands.

      • avatar Immer Treue says:

        Up here, it’s like a scene from the LaBrea Tar Pits when something dies. The birds, ravens year round, eagles and magpies most of the year, vultures during the warmer months, lead one to the dead animal remains.

        • avatar Nancy says:

          Hard to ignore the evidence when a ranching “product” dies and it has nothing do to with predation but everything to do with predators, taking advantage of the sudden banquet.

  14. avatar Kathleen says:

    “I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations”

    Excerpt: “At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies.”


  15. avatar Louise Kane says:


    what could go wrong here, a bunch of Ted Nuggets in the skies with rifles. Gross, gross, ugly, misdirected, deplorable people think up these laws. Clinton never should have been squeamish about deplorable she should have pointed out the many instances that backed up that assertion.

  16. avatar Louise Kane says:

    Wood’s Hole Research Center statement on Trump’s latest EO disaster.

  17. avatar Immer Treue says:

    And now for some levity
    The Sandhills should be coming through this area fairly soon.


    One of those George Carlin moments. Where have I heard this before?


    • avatar Nancy says:

      🙂 🙂

      The Sandhills are already back on the meadow across from me, Immer….. at least 3 weeks early.

      They timed it well though, most of the snow has gone off their feeding/nesting areas but, snow is predicated for the area tonight so it won’t be pleasant for them. Temps lower than normal for the next week (a low of 10 next Tuesday??, yuck!!)

      I’m SO looking forward to spring!!!!

      • avatar Immer Treue says:

        The weather up here has been really nice, above seasonal averages with plenty of sunshine. Problem is my trail network has been turned into an ice corridor due to the three thaws we have had, interspersed with more snow, and the daily/nightly thaw freeze cycle. Each morning requires stabilicers, folks by slushy slip slides until freeze again at night. Warm and dry sounds nice, but then its ticks, blackflies and mosquitos.

  18. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    What a kind-hearted man. I’m glad he didn’t get in trouble for having a big heart and doing a kindness. I know that people shouldn’t interfere, but still, it’s sweet:


  19. avatar Nancy says:

    My sympathies tonight for the eagle nest in Illinois. (Live webcam, may need to enlarge to full screen)

    Speculation that Mom may have been killed by intruder eagles and the 2 Dads are trying to feed & protect the 2 eaglets.

    One Dad on the nest now trying to shelter not only two growing eaglets but also an egg that failed to hatch. He’s having a rough go, in high winds. Mom was bigger and better able to cover the eaglets.

    My hope is these 2 fathers can successfully raise these eaglets.


    • avatar Kathleen says:

      “By harvesting an old boar grizzly like this you actually most definitely increase the survival rate of the grizzly bear population.”
      My god, how did bears ever survive before human beings came along to save them by killing them??? How can anyone even say that with a straight face considering that bears once covered the entire Western half of the US pre-European settlement? http://westernwildlife.org/grizzly-bear-outreach-project/history/
      If it’s “necessary” to kill boars now it’s because we’ve so decimated their habitat and their populations–and people who make that claim should own up to that.

    • avatar Kathleen says:

      That’s great news: “This is huge, not only for the prairie dog but for the Endangered Species Act,” and

      “Wednesday’s ruling affirmed the existing standard of allowing the federal government to limit local development using the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law intended to protect species at risk of extinction.

      “In the majority opinion, Judge Jerome Holmes wrote that overturning the earlier ruling was in line with actions by previous circuit courts, which have ruled uniformly to protect the Endangered Species Act in similar cases.”‘

      Republicans ain’t gonna like this.

  20. avatar Moose says:

    Update on Michigan (UP) predator-prey study;


    Interesting tidbit:
    In the low-snowfall zone, coyotes were discovered to cause the most mortality of adult does, but in the mid-snowfall zone, wolves were the most important mortality source.

    “In the zone with less snowfall, coyotes simply outnumbered wolves, he said, but quite a number of livestock carcass dumps on the landscape also were found. Collared wolves foraged heavily on those carcasses, which reduced the predation on does.”

    • avatar Nancy says:

      Yet, in my neck of the woods, Moose (Montana) I had a long time rancher tell me, not long ago “that wolves don’t forage dead carcasses. They like fresh meat” That’s the belief.

      BS 🙂

      Fact is, I raked over the bones of quite a few winter dead cow & calf carcasses, on their big ranch every spring, while brushing pastures for them.

      These were not predator killed cattle. These cattle died for a whole host of other reasons – disease, weather etc. and their dead bodies, attracted a whole host of scavengers, looking for a meal, protein, etc. including wolves.

      • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

        wolves don’t forage dead carcasses. They like fresh meat

        that BS is borrowed from the hunter lore about the Eurasian lynx who likes to lick roe deer’s fresh blood, then moves on to the next victim like a true zombie

  21. avatar Nancy says:

    Another sad example of that “tiny town” mentality, propped up by the cattle industry, when it comes to the slaughter wildlife:

    “The tradition began in the late 1950s, when ranchers, worried about rattlesnakes biting their livestock, workers and families, held an informal roundup”


  22. avatar alf says:

    Posted March 24, 2017 – 5:31pmUpdated March 25, 2017 – 8:55am
    Wildlife officials verify first wolf sighting in Nevada in 95 years

    imgThe Shasta pack on August 9, 2015. (California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife via AP)


    Photos show first wild California wolf pack in nearly a century

    By Henry Brean
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    State wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of a wolf in Nevada for the first time since 1922.

    The Nevada Department of Wildlife announced Friday that a wolf from the Shasta Pack in Northern California crossed into the Silver State in early November, but there is no evidence that the animal was here to stay.


    The wolf was caught on video near Fox Mountain, about 150 miles north of Reno, prompting an investigation by state wildlife officials.

    Animal droppings found during the search were sent for testing to the University of Idaho’s Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics, which recently confirmed the presence of a young male wolf from the Shasta Pack.

    Officials said the wolf was likely in search of a mate, but the animal hasn’t been spotted in Nevada since the initial sighting.

    “This observation is of a lone animal and is not confirmation of wolves with established territories in Nevada,” said state game chief Brian Wakeling in a written statement.

    The Shasta Pack has seven known members, two adults and five offspring. None of the wolves in the pack have radio collars and their current whereabouts are unknown, but there is no reason to believe they have settled in Nevada, officials said.

    “Clearly, this confirmed sighting has heightened the department’s awareness,” state wildlife director Tony Wasley said. “We will be closely monitoring the situation.”

    Contact Henry Brean at hbrean@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0350. Follow @RefriedBrean on Twitter.

  23. avatar Kathleen says:

    “Op-Ed: 5 Lies Being Used to Get Mountain Bikes in Wilderness”
    “A new bill would open up wilderness areas to bikes—but the arguments in favor of it don’t hold water”

    Excerpt: “…wheelchairs have been allowed in wilderness since soon after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The authors of this bill know this. Yet they added “wheelchairs” to hide their motives behind seeming to help the handicapped. Greasy? You could oil your chain.”

    Excellent piece in Outside Mag.: https://www.outsideonline.com/2165406/five-lies-being-used-get-mountain-bikes-wilderness

    Also “In praise of wildfire”: https://www.outsideonline.com/2161686/praise-fire?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebookpost

  24. avatar Kathleen says:

    “First: Badger Buries Entire Cow in Shocking New Video”
    “I was blown away,” scientist says about discovery in Utah desert.

  25. avatar Rich says:


    Inhofe said some of the members of the scientific advisory boards scheduled for cuts had political biases. “They’re going to have to start dealing with science, not rigged science.”

  26. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    The Jane Goodall of Wolves

    Nearly four decades after Diane Boyd started monitoring the first radio-collared wolf to recolonize the Western U.S. from Canada, she has come full circle with her new job as wolf management specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

  27. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    How many elk do Yellowstone wolves eat?

    Yellowstone wolves may kill up to 2,156 elk in the park each year and as many as 11,600 in the Greater Yellowstone region, according to figures derived from 20 years of wolf study in the park.

    In early winter, for example, he estimates a wolf will kill and consume 1.4 elk every 30 days.

    In late winter that number goes up to 2.2 elk per wolf every 30 days. Over the entire winter season, the average comes out to 1.8 elk per wolf in 30 days.

    Over a year, an average wolf will kill — mostly with other pack members — and consume 16 to 22 elk a year, Smith said. “That’s a rough estimate.”

    Pack sizes correlate to how big the dinner table is, Smith said, and how many wolves can be seated at it. A deer, for example, is large enough to feed a pack of four to six wolves. A dead elk will provide a setting for nine to 10 wolves — typical for pack sizes in Yellowstone.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      It’s difficult for me to believe that people would begrudge another animal a meal, or their share. 🙁

      • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:


      • avatar Nancy says:

        Yet a trip back in human history, may explain a lot, Ida:

        “We don’t know what benefits these genetic changes had. But others have suggested that it is our hyper-social, cooperative brain that sets us apart.

        From language and culture to war and love, our most distinctively human behaviours all have a social element”


        • avatar Ida Lupine says:

          That’s got to be the most positive spin on greed and warmongering I have ever read. ♪How Great We Are♫ Thankfully, it is not a universal human trait to begrudge other animals a meal.

          It’s just that we are constantly reading about hunters grumbling about wolves ‘taking all the deer and elk’. Just the other day, I read a comment about grizzlies ‘taking all the salmon’. Between fishing and damming up rivers, a grizzly couldn’t possibly compete with what humans take.

    • avatar John Glowa says:

      They’re doing just what they were intended to do. When was the last mass cull of elk in Yellowstone due to their overpopulation?

  28. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    Salmon farming in crisis: ‘We are seeing a chemical arms race in the seas’

  29. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    Congested, polluted and with car jobs at risk, Stuttgart reaches a crossroads

  30. avatar Nancy says:

    Gee, what a swell guy!

    “If Donald Trump is actually interested in helping our parks, he should stop trying to slash their budgets to historically low levels,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club”


  31. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Wisconsin Wolf Summit 2

    The klatsch returns to Wisconsin, with antiwolf Warlock Jim Beers as a “keynote” speaker.

    350 miles away…

    • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

      here we go:



      Wolves – Why 350 (or less) is the maximum for Wisconsin

      Who supports a wolf goal of 350 or less in Wisconsin?
      • 34 Wisconsin County Boards have passed resolutions supporting a wolf goal of:
      • 350 (7)
      • 350 or less (24)
      • 100 or less (1)
      • 80 or less (1)
      • 50 or less (1)

      The votes:

    • avatar Immer Treue says:

      WI 2016 take of all weapon types was about 320,000; so it is not lower as per prediction. Also no account of the repercussions of the back to back tough winters 12/13 and 13/14 on deer herd numbers, and thus take. Therefore, it’s a wolf problem.

      Between Eau Claire and Superior Wisconsin on the 53 corridor, after thanksgiving, I observed more dead deer along the side of the road since the mid 2000’s. I know, correlation does not necessarily mean cause, but an observation just the same.

      • avatar rork says:

        They also seem to be failing to account for the fact that deer were being managed (that is, killed by human hunters) to have less deer than there used to be – cause there were too many. We have smartened up about that in MI too, slightly.

        That more deer got killed in 2016 than 2015, with all those wolves around, is clearly impossible, and when deer kill goes over 350,000 this fall it will also be impossible – there’s some conspiracy to fudge the numbers. Cause the wolves are clearly annihilating the deer. (Yes, I jest.)

        • avatar Immer Treue says:

          Also fail to account for deer removed in “special hunts”for agricultural damage.

          • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

            Wolf Summit held in Sugar Camp

            More than 50 people gathered in Sugar Camp for the event.

            “There’s tremendous momentum to get the delisting to happen, I mean, it’s a bipartisan issue now,” said Tifffany.

            “What we found in the study was that the people that are affected by wolves, the rural residents of Northern Wisconsin, deer hunters, farmers, are very concerned. They don’t want more wolves they want less,” said DNR Wolf Committee Member Mike Brust.

            Brust says there is a different perspective of the issue between the northern and southern parts of the state.

            “Those that are affected have a lot involved with their livelihood, whereas people in the south they just are interested in the fact that it’s nice that we have wolves up north, but they don’t have to deal with them,” said Brust.

            • avatar Immer Treue says:


              Looking at the sponsors and speakers of that thing, it doesn’t look like “bi” should have been present in that word.

  32. avatar Kathleen says:

    Re-defining the value of public lands: this says it all. Here’s the ‘old’ BLM home page. The missing picture across the top was a dad and his son backpacking in one of the BLM’s designated wilderness areas. https://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html

    Here’s the new page: https://www.blm.gov/

  33. avatar Nancy says:

    Well this is mind blowing. Certainly might explain cattle that disappear with out a trance (you know, the ones that get blamed on wolves?)


    • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

      Wolf in badger’s clothing, Nancy

      “This suggests that the burying behavior was not a “freak event of one badger just doing something really crazy,” but actually may be something that badgers do regularly.

      Badgers are known as excellent diggers and had been known to hide food underground. But the largest previously documented example was a rabbit, he adds.”

      The video shows the badger working day and night for five days. Then, it built a den connected to the carcass and did not surface often.

      “So it worked overtime for five days like really, really intensely, and then it just had a two-week feeding fest,” Buechley added.

      • avatar Nancy says:


        Had quite a few badgers take up residence on my property over the years, Mareks. They keep the ground squirrels in check when they are around. Very interesting to watch if you see them during daylight hours.

  34. avatar Kathleen says:

    MONTANANS – please contact your state senator today. The entire Senate will vote tomorrow (4/5) on House Joint Resolution 9 to release the Wilderness Study Areas in MT. Find the text here: http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/LAW0203W$BSRV.ActionQuery?P_SESS=20171&P_BLTP_BILL_TYP_CD=HJ&P_BILL_NO=9&P_BILL_DFT_NO=&P_CHPT_NO=&Z_ACTION=Find&P_ENTY_ID_SEQ2=&P_SBJT_SBJ_CD=&P_ENTY_ID_SEQ=

    Use this link to look up your state senator by map or using your address: http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/65th/legwebmessage.asp
    and tell him/her to vote against HJ Res. 9. These WSAs should remain protected for the plants and animals who live there and the citizens who value wilderness-quality landscapes. If HJ 9 passes the MT Senate (it has already passed the House)the MT legislature will request that the US Congress eliminate the WSAs.

  35. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    When I read that the manatee had been downlisted from endangered to threatened, I knew immediately who was behind it. Why doe this group have so much clout about delisting wildlife?


  36. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    Here are some interesting statistics to add to the pile. It’s an older article, but then some things never change:

    Poachers Kill More Game Animal Than Wolves, North Idaho Officials Say

  37. avatar Kathleen says:

    On PBS Newshour tonight: Ticks, Lyme disease, and deer–and deer culls. Reporting is from Massachusetts.

  38. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    It would be good if predators could be brought back. Although in my neighborhood, I don’t see as many deer as I once did.

    Wildlife watch: the herring are back, yay!!! It’s like our version of the salmon runs. Gorgeous fish. It’s like a little oasis in a tangle of roads, highways and cars. There’s wildflowers and lots of birds too. How they all manage to survive awes and worries me.

  39. avatar Immer Treue says:

    10 minute PBS video on Lyme Disease, and its vectors.


  40. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    I just don’t want to hear about people panicking and killing everything in sight because of it. We’re not only the hotbed of Lyme disease in this area – but West Nile and EEE. I remember at town meetings people flat out not caring about endangered wildlife and wanting to spray the crap out of any protected areas. 🙁

    I don’t have a dog, and when I am out hiking I am careful to check for ticks on my clothes, and change. I have found some on occasion and removed them from my clothes.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      There used to be one elderly gent ex of USF&W or state F&W who used to be the only one to stand up (literally) for and endangered salamander whose habitat is shrinking a lot like the herrings’.

      I was happy to see the presence of the DNR at the herring run too. I almost got into a brawl with a guy (older and who should have known better) about taking herring out of the water and fooling around.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      or shower and change, I should say. My doctor told me once when I had been bitten (not by a Lyme tick) that there’s at least a 24 hour window before the disease can be transmitted.

      “For example, the CDC reports (http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/tra… ) that in most cases, a tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can be transmitted. While the exact time window is not known (and may differ from person to person), several studies have tried to pin it down. One 2001 study in mice, for example (http://jid.oxfordjournals.o… ), showed that the maximum transmission of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease occurred between 48 and 72 hours.”

      So, as this article says – responsible concern is wise, but not go into a panic:

      Five Reasons To Not Totally Panic About Ticks and Lyme Disease

  41. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    In Belarus, wolf-hunters lay traps at edge of Chernobyl zone

    23 photos


    About 1,700 wolves were culled in 2016, according to official data.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      I knew it wouldn’t be too much longer, despite the rosy outlook being portrayed. 🙁

    • avatar rork says:

      Maybe Mareks can tell us if that number is so high partly cause lots are puppies. Otherwise seems unsustainable. I want to hunt in Belarus too – for fungi!

      I learned many things through engagement with Vilkins recently, and am grateful. Latvian for wolf is like “Vilki” btw. I was ignorant of the fact that lynx over there are a different species than our “Canadian” lynx, and are twice as big. They eat ungulates allot. Our original lynx (became modern bobcat) and cougar (genus Puma) firt came over about 8 million years ago. When modern lynx migrated here from asia again, during the last land bridge, they faced a landscape that already had a big deer killing cat (at least eventually – some think cougar and smilodon went extinct in Pleistocene in N America, and then cougars from S America invaded). I figure they evolved to be between the size of bobcat and cougar for a reason. They are snow experts ofcourse. There is no hare/lynx cycle in Europe.

      For wolves I already already knew that litter size is density dependent, but now learned that so is sex ratio – now that’s a cool trick. Here’s slide show about belarus wolves, which partly cause of the whimsical spelling, I found very enjoyable:
      (That is, I do not blame these folks for having less perfect English than Mareks. My Russian sucks, and my Latvian is zero. Let them that can juggle 5 languages from 3 families fluently throw the first stone.)

      • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

        BY (Belarus)

        year / wolf population / cull / cull size as the percentage of the wolf population:

        1980- 2510 -2324 -92.6%
        1981- 2430 -2046 -84.2%
        1982- 2340 -1573 -67.2%
        1983- 2360 -2046 -86.7%
        1984- 2140 -1689 -78.9%
        1985- 2000 -1827 -91.4%
        1986- 1880 -1484 -78.9%
        1987- 1840 -1822 -99.0%
        1988- 1710 -1550 -90.6%
        1989- 1720 -1075 -62.5%
        1990- 1840 -896 -48.7%
        1991- 1860 -723 -38.9%
        1992- 1680 -649 -38.6%
        1993- 1850 -618 -33.4%
        1994- 1860 -717 -38.5%
        1995- 2000 -1185 -59.2%
        1996- 2090 -1226 -58.7%
        1997- 2490 -1267 -50.9%
        1998- 2540 -1148 -45.2%
        1999- 1740 -1019 -58.6%
        2000- 1700 -853 -50.2%
        2001- 1590 -832 -52.3%
        2002- 1640 -729 -44.4%
        2003- 1580 -731 -46.3%
        2004- 1340 -813 -60.7%
        2005- 1290 -806 -62.5%
        2006- 1560 -641 -41.1%
        2007- 1540 -735 -47.7%
        2008- 1690 -670 -39.6%
        2009- 1700 -747 -43.9%
        2010- 1800 -773 -42.9%
        2011- 1810 -650 -35.9%
        2012- 1830 -688 -37.6%
        2013- 1880 -829 -44.1%
        2014- 1980 -913 -46.1%

        • avatar JB says:

          Looks to me like they systematically underrepresent the size of the population. This stretch, in particular, seems impossible without massive immigration.
          1985- 2000 -1827 -91.4%
          1986- 1880 -1484 -78.9%
          1987- 1840 -1822 -99.0%
          1988- 1710 -1550 -90.6%

      • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

        Where do lynxes give birth to their kits?

        with photos

    • avatar Louise Kane says:

      I have been afraid to see the articles about the wolves of Chernobyl, knowing they would then be targeted. Nothing is safe from humans. Including us.

  42. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:


    Total area – 208 000 km2
    Forests – 86 000 km2 (40% of the total area)

    The government wants to reduce the wolf population to 500-600 individuals in winter (that is, before the pups are born in May)

    in 2016 they killed 1734 wolves
    in 2015 they killed 1481 wolves

    but were they really the wolves? or rather the wolf-dog hybrids?

    86K (km2) : 250 km2 (the size of avg. wolf territory)= 344 territories

    there are not that many ungulates in BY (2015):

    moose (Alces alces) – 32 000 (cull -3 800)
    elk (Cervus elaphus)- 15 000 (cull -1 150)
    wild boar – 8 000 (cull -17 000)
    roe deer – 75 000 (cull -8 000)

    beavers – 60 000 (cull-9 000)

    the game species estimate is based on snow track index (I guess)

  43. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    From the HCN. They always have something good for this day:

    Meanwhile, the recalcitrant Utah delegation kept a low profile…

  44. avatar Kathleen says:

    Regarding the “wall of coal” header pic at BLM’s website:

    The coal pic is already gone: https://www.blm.gov/

  45. avatar Kathleen says:

    Book notice – this arrived in my inbox & figured I’d post it here–just FYI.

    “Wolf Nation: The life, death, and return of wild American wolves” by Brenda Peterson

    “Merging science, history, and memoir, Wolf Nation tells of the centuries-long battle to save America’s wild wolves. In a narrative spanning 300 years, Peterson tells what is ultimately a positive and inspiring tale that begins with zealous extermination by western settlers, but ends with the successful reintegration of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Wolf Nation is an emotionally powerful work that weaves together the stories of specific wolves, and the scientists, ranchers, and activists who are fighting for them.”


  46. avatar Nancy says:

    What wolves do best – culling the sick & the weak.

    This doe does look sick. (slobbering) Also watch day 98.


  47. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Drooling is one of the signs that starvation is setting in. I know where that was filmed. Deer up here pretty much live off fat reserves for half the year, browsing woody stem with growth buds (stunting to preventing forest regeneration)throughout the winter. By April, they are teetering on the edge of survival. After a tough winter, when you see whitetail up here, they are nothing but skin and bones.

    Almost all snow is gone after and unbelievably mild winter, yet a heavy April snowstorm, not that uncommon here, would be a death knell for many deer.

  48. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Deer/Lyme. Correlation or causation, with focus on Minnesota and Wisconsin



    Is the attempt to maintain deer populations in the sweet spot of the sigmoid growth curve, in essence the reason for the general increase in Lyme disease in these two states, or just one of the variables, as the deer (black legged) tick Ixodes scapularis feeds upon deer during the latter stage of its adult life. The deer tick, during its two year cycle, actually pick up the bacteria that causes Lymes from white footed mice, other rodents, and some birds, early in the tick life cycle. The deer enter the picture as female ticks engorge on their blood meal, drop off, lay their eggs, and thus repeat the cycle.

    All the while, our mousers and other rodent eaters: red and gray fox; coyotes; and various weasels are subjected to trapping, allowing the mouse population to endure. Thus, both reservoirs for the deer tick population are maintained at higher levels, and cases of Lyme’s continue to increase. Correlation or cause?

  49. avatar Kathleen says:

    “What’s at stake in Trump’s proposed EPA cuts”
    “Far more than climate change. …The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget are deep and wide-ranging.”

    Everything from tap water (“let them drink lead”) to less enforcement for violators but more (way more) personal security for Pruitt! In today’s NYTimes:

  50. avatar Kathleen says:

    “Experts warn 800 species, many endangered, affected by border wall”

    Excerpt: “Animals have no concept of political boundaries created by humans, and to impose a physical barrier that impedes their movement is entirely wrong,” she told Fox News.

    “The border region is a massive area of natural beauty and diversity,” she said, “to destroy its ecosystems with a wall when other alternatives are available is unfair to the innocent wildlife which has been there far longer than us.”


    • avatar Louise Kane says:

      I’ve been dismayed to see so little coverage of this aspect of “the wall” disaster. I hate this regime.

  51. avatar Kathleen says:

    These things simply won’t happen, right? Trust us.
    “Thousands of salmon escape sea farm in one of biggest breaches in industry history”

    Excerpt: “A Norwegian study published last July suggests some domesticated escapees have mated with wild fish, which could weaken the wild population. Scientists are also ­investigating whether escaped fish could eat or displace wild species.”


  52. avatar Nancy says:

    For the “night owls” out there on TWN, an excellent live webcam of a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls in Charlo, Mt:


    The webcam was down for 2 weeks but back up now and there are 2 “owlets” that hatched in the down time, who are being fed and cared for by both parents. The activities at the nest seem more active during the night hours.

  53. avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

    Parallel evolution in canids is why you can’t trust the fossil record

    mtDNA studies are notorious for leading people astray when we’re dealing with closely related species that can and do hybridize

    Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from the mother, and thus, it misses a lot of genetic information

    recent genome-wide studies that have found red and Eastern wolves to be hybrids with wolves and coyotes

    really need to be careful about morphological studies in canids. That’s because canids can evolve quite rapidly, and there is a great tendency toward parallel evolution in the family

    Nature selectively breeds, too, and dogs in the wild can rapidly change to fit new niches.

    These issues are going to confound virtually every study on canid evolution. This is one reason why we have nothing resembling a consensus on dog domestication. It is very hard to figure out when a sub-fossil wolf is a dog or is too much like a wolf to be a dog.

    This is why I trust molecular studies far more than paleontology

    The comparative genome study found that the most recent common ancestor of the wolf and coyote lived around 50,000 years ago, and it probably was living in Eurasia at the time. This animal was probably an archaic form of Canis lupus or maybe Canis mosbachensis.

    • avatar Mareks Vilkins says:

      When the numbers are high, coyotes form stable packs and have relatively few young. They hunt mid-sized prey. When numbers are lower, they hunt rodents and lagomorphs, and female coyotes actually have a hormone change when the numbers are low and produce more ova during their estrus cycles. The females mate at 10 months instead of 22 months, and with more ova produced and more bitches breeding, the population can easily recover from a dire wolf or Smilodon attack. This is also why killing coyotes can actually force their numbers up, and it is one reason our intense persecution of coyotes has resulted in them spreading North, South, and to the East

      If you’ve ever looked into a coyote’s eyes, it is like looking into the eyes of a very bright dog. They have so many dog-like mannerism that is hard not to see the similarity.

      But you’re actually looking into the eyes of a super wolf. This is the wolf that took all we could throw it at, and it thrived beyond our wildest expectations.

      In Anthropocene, the meek do inherit the earth.

      • avatar Ida Lupine says:

        What a great post. I heard one howl in the early morning a few days ago. I’m always thrilled when I hear them.

  54. avatar alf says:

    Really good “Writers on the Range” essay I lifted from last Thursday’s edition of the Missoula Independent :

    To save wildlife, humans better start sharing
    By Stephen Capra

    We live in a time where we are heading toward a world without wildlife. We have a voice and a vote, yet we elect people who support the destruction of what makes our planet livable. But perhaps our gravest sin continues to be our treatment of wildlife. How is it that, given an earth so rich in life, humanity has chosen to kill—to destroy—the oasis we have been granted?

    We live in a time of great knowledge about animals, and many people have become advocates for all species. Yet prejudice, war and social unrest make even our relationships with our fellow humans complex. Governments are already slow to act to protect the natural world. Now, consider how hard we find it to deal with species that look nothing like us, that live underwater or fly through the sky, that compete with us for food or could even make us their next meal.

    Add into the mix poverty, hunger, population pressure and cultural norms, then multiply all that by corporate greed, energy development, rapid deforestation and climate change, and you begin to understand the true cycle of genocide that modern civilization is waging against wildlife—and ultimately itself.

    We have a long history of destroying wildlife. The Great Plains remains for many the centerpiece of America’s shame, the site of a wanton waste of wildlife, which left species like the passenger pigeon extinct and the bison all but gone. In order to destroy the Native American cultures and take control of the land, many of us saw the killing of wildlife as almost a patriotic endeavor. The aftermath of decay and dried bones scattered across a vast expanse of America marks, without question, wildlife’s own “Trail of Tears.”

    Our growing awareness of the decimation of the West’s native species eventually inspired the enactment of laws and regulations designed to prevent such a killing spree from occurring again. Conservationists began working to make people understand the value of species that do not resemble human beings.

    In 2014, the World Wildlife Fund issued a report with the Zoological Society of London, which found that a number of species of wild animals had lost half their populations in 40 years. The culprits were many—humans killing wildlife for food in unsustainable numbers, the pollution and destruction of habitat. The report went on to point out that we are “cutting trees faster than we regrow them, catching fish faster than the oceans can restock, pumping water from rivers and aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them, and emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide than oceans and forests can absorb.” The most rapid decline of wildlife populations has occurred in freshwater ecosystems, where wildlife numbers have plummeted more than 75 percent since 1970.

    click to enlarge
    Yet most of us continue to confront such situations with a shrug of recognition, a new-normal sense of futility, or maybe the vague hope that science will ultimately save us from our madness. Right now, we are witness to the last great extinction of species in our history, one that, if not stopped, will remove the final barrier to our complete isolation as humans. Think of the karma we will inherit for our refusal to share our world and to accept our responsibility to live in harmony with all species.

    The shift to harmony may only be realized after the implosion of our material-based society, once we make massive shifts in our diet and break the back of the corporations that feed the sickness in our society. But most of all, it requires leadership—placing in power people who respect all species and understand the value of a shared earth. This change will only come with basic human kindness and love. If we pass laws that end cruelty and protect more lands and more waters, we can truly embrace the concept that all life matters.

    Like all politics, this shift must begin locally. Like all education, it requires great teachers who will provide the next generation the chance to get it right. What is different for wildlife today is that we are running out of time. We cannot look to make change in 20, 30 or 40 years. The change must happen now.

    We are moving toward a world without wildlife, not because we want it but because we have not accepted a formula that truly allows coexistence. That formula will only exist when society, nations and people understand the limitations of being human—when we accept such limits on ourselves in order to share, not control, the world we live in.

    The Zen of that concept is the deeper connection and relationship with species that will enrich our lives. Only then will we have finally matured as the species we call human.

    Stephen Capra is a contributor to Writers on the Range, the opinion service of High Country News (hcn.org). He is the executive director of Bold Visions Conservation, based in New Mexico.

    • avatar Nancy says:

      An article from E. O. Wilson,2 years ago, addressing the same basic concerns, Alf. But who’s paying attention?


      “By helping to preserve this piece of American wilderness, Wilson may well be making a down payment on some of the ideas in Half-Earth. In encouraging communities to create preserves and parks, he is helping to save precious patches of remnant wilderness”

      The precious patch of meadow land, just across from me, sold recently and I’ve been holding my breath, waiting to meet the new owners.

      Wondering whether that small stretch of creek would continue to be degraded by cattle – breaking down the fragile banks and rounding out the willows, lining the banks of the creek.

      Would the meadow be chemically fertilized again this year, an awful stench if you happen to be outside, to increase hay yield?

      I’m glad to say, I’ve stopped holding my breath. Had a chance to talk with one of the new owners this morning and he sounds committed to leaving this meadow alone, because he finds it as enchanting as I do 🙂

  55. avatar Kathleen says:

    “Wildlife advocates see wolves as ‘best natural defense’ against chronic wasting disease”


    The responses to this article on the Missoulian’s Facebook page are so mind-boggling that it’s hard to believe they aren’t said in jest, but I’m afraid not. The Missoulian has a very strong following of anti-intellectual types who spew their hateful opinions nonstop. It’s here for anyone who cares: https://www.facebook.com/Missoulian/posts/1300551140051912

    • avatar Kathleen says:

      “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ~Isaac Asimov

  56. avatar Louise Kane says:


    here is what this sorry sob is up to now, transfer of 200K acres of Tongass forest for logging. After last years transfer of 75K acres in the GOP compromise “conservation” bill this could be even more disastrous for the rare Alexander Archipelago wolves. I hate these people a little more every day

  57. avatar Louise Kane says:


    no divide between rural and urban BC voters on trophy hunting of grizzlies 76% oppose
    I’m betting it would be the same for wolves
    Governments continue to listen to minority voices even when the majority constituents are howling mad. How to change this, is it just a follow your money situation or does it have to do with good ol’ boy relationships?

  58. avatar Kathleen says:

    Trump, Jr. wants to shoot Montana prairie dogs…
    Donald Trump, Jr. will be campaigning in Montana for Greg Gianforte, who hopes to fill our one U.S. Representative seat left vacant by Ryan Zinke, now Trump’s Sec’y of Interior. Though Zinke is entirely unqualified for the job, Junior’s influence helped a fellow hunter obtain a Cabinet post. On Monday, Gianforte spoke to a group of Christian conservatives in Hamilton, MT, saying, “You know what we’re going to do over the weekend? Donald Trump, Jr. wanted bad to shoot prairie dogs. So we’re going to help him scratch that itch…” The comment “was met with laughter and applause.”

  59. avatar Kathleen says:

    This story is about a week old–apologies if already posted.

    “Turkey hunters hiding behind fanned gobbler decoy shot by partner”


    “The investigation has yet to determine the distance at which the shot was fired, the sheriff said. He also did not know whether an actual turkey was in the area that both parties were hearing or if they simply were “calling in” each other.”


    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      Sad. But you reminded me, I’m seeing a lot of turkeys fanning their tails and it is just so beautiful. Also, there was a little gray fox in the backyard early this morning. What a cutie.

  60. avatar Kathleen says:

    Most of us probably have no idea how toxic our world is:

    “Originally derived from a nerve gas developed by Nazi Germany, chlorpyrifos has been sprayed on citrus, apples, cherries and other crops for decades. It is among the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States, with Dow selling about 5 million pounds domestically each year.”

    From: “Dow Chemical is pushing Trump administration to ignore studies of toxic pesticide”

    Excerpt: “The EPA’s recent biological evaluation of chlorpyrifos found the pesticide is “likely to adversely affect” 1,778 of the 1,835 animals and plants accessed as part of its study, including critically endangered or threatened species of frogs, fish, birds and mammals. Similar results were shown for malathion and diazinon.”


  61. avatar Kathleen says:

    What if Earth treated us the way we treat Earth?
    Happy Earth Day!

  62. avatar Gary Humbard says:

    My “neck of the woods” in Oregon. Although Oregon can’t boast of the numbers of wolves YET, I will continue to search for them near where I live. It would be a big check off on my bucket list as I have seen almost every species of native wildlife to North America in the wild. Of course, it’s when you are not looking for something, is when you have an encounter!


  63. avatar Yvette says:

    It would be good if the participants on TWN make public comment on Trump’s EO 13777. Scott Pruitt requested an EPA task force to evaluate existing regulations and to make recommendations to identify regulations that can be Repealed, Replaced or Modified. EPA is requesting input to fulfill the objective of identifying regulations for RRM via conference calls with specific groups or public meetings in some cases.

    Get all of that information here, https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform

    There is a link on that page to the docket where you make comment but it is here, https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190

  64. avatar Kathleen says:

    “Bike deal adds heartache, hope to wilderness proposal”

    Excerpt: “In return for endorsing full federal protection of 80,000 acres, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and two Montana mountain biking groups laid claim to about 3,800 acres for future cycling trails. That’s next to a proposed 2,200-acre recreation management area designated for snowmobile use.”

    Excerpt: “Mountain bikers and snowmobilers are going after a different sort of recreational benefit than what I’m going after or hikers are going after. We’re seeking the hush of the land. Solitude. Every turn of the trail is a new experience to enjoy at our own pace.

    “Mountain bikers are out to challenge the resource. It’s about how fast you can go and how many miles you can put on. Snowmobilers are after the highest mark on the hillside, the highest speed across the meadow.”


  65. avatar Nancy says:

    Kind of wildlife related 🙂

  66. avatar Kathleen says:

    Comments Needed on Plan to Recover Grizzlies in North Cascades

    The National Park Service in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on a plan to translocate grizzlies into the North Cascades in Washington. The Forest Service is a cooperating agency, though it appears that agency’s input in the DEIS is minimal. Comments are due April 28.


    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      A natural recovery alternative would require working with British Columbia to protect grizzlies over a larger land base, and would provide for connectivity via protected habitat corridors.

      ‘Rejected for dubious reasons’, the article says. I would prefer this holistic approach as well. For whose benefit then are the bears being reintroduced? F&W and other agencies need to update their methods.

      The other thing is that all of the problems in the GYA haven’t been worked out yet for the grizzlies there, and some of the reasons for delisting are rather ‘dubious’.

  67. avatar Kathleen says:

    “Zinke will recommend Bears Ears fate within 45 days”

    Excerpt: “Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said earlier Tuesday that the review will look at the possible overreach of monument designations, including the impact they have on Americans who graze livestock on federal acreage. He was not sure if the review would seek to change the Antiquities Act, which has been used by every president since Teddy Roosevelt to declare monuments. …

    “Short said the concern about the monument designations comes down to people who use the area for grazing who feel their rights were infringed on. “In many cases there’s been an outcry saying that there’s a federal government overreach that was taking away land that they were either using for agriculture purposes or purposes for their cattle, their sheep,” Short said.”


  68. avatar Kathleen says:

    “State of the Mountain Lion: A call to end trophy hunting of America’s lion” a report released a couple days ago

    Link to it from here: http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/04/hsus-mountain-lion-report-2017.html

    or access it directly here:

    Predictably, Montana is 2nd only to Idaho for trophy hunt mortalities.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      You would think that the people of this country would be proud to have “America’s lion” and do everything the can to protect our own native wildlife. and what a magnificent creature they are.

  69. avatar Guepardo Lento says:

    Dr. Rob Wielgus from Washington State University is going to the mat with the University over the suppression of academic freedom regarding his research on wolves, and his open criticism of the 2016 lethal removal of the Profanity Peak wolf pack in WA state. Not reported is that last month he contacted members of the WA Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) and other state officials attempting clarify and refute WSU’s August 2016 statement that had threw Dr. Wielgus “under the bus”. Essentially WSU tried to “correct” what they claimed were false statements made by Dr. Wielgus regarding the rancher involved with the Profanity pack. However, they weren’t false statements and he attempted recently to revisit the issue and has been slammed by WSU once again (fueled by state republican representative Joel Kretz, who is in the pocket of the WA cattle industry). Kretz has recently stated he is “working” alongside Conservation NW towards wolf conservation, but it boils down to his disdain for wolves and his mission to sink Dr. Wielgus…

    • avatar Louise Kane says:

      Jon way published a testimonial about the discrimination and obstruction he faced because his coyote research conflicts with state policy
      They have consistently tampered with his career
      And affiliations. His story is appalling. He published it on eastern coyote research
      This kind of bs is not uncommon
      State agencies and wildlife policy needs a long deserved overhaul

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      Thank goodness! I’m glad Dr. Wielgus has such integrity. I know that Washington F&W is caught in the middle too.

      Every few days there’s something in the news about Washington wolves. There was something recently about non-lethal alternatives, and a rancher grousing that it might delay killing them:


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