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Should there be genetic rescue (outside wolves brought in)-

For many years the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior have shown that wolves do not wipe out their prey. When wolves become abundant enough that the disappearance of prey seems probable, the wolves die back.

On the other hand, when […]

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Former Yellowstone superintendent Michael Finley doubts grizzly delisting due to lack of habitat-

West Yellowstone, MT.  Last weekend the Greater Yellowstone Coalition celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding back in 1983. Along with honoring the founders, especially activist Rick Reese, and former Board members, the Coalition (GYC) had a prime […]

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Island Park, Idaho. A female grizzly bear with two yearling cubs was hot near Island Park, Idaho on September 12. Island Park is a relatively low elevation and primarily flat area (an ancient caldera bottom) just west and southwest of Yellowstone Park.

This year there had been two grizzly bear-human injuries in the Island Park […]

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Closure order published Sept. 18 for section through the Lochsa-Clearwater Wild and Scenic River corridor-

There was a similar headline about a month ago. Then Omega-Morgan transport, aided by a permit from Idaho Department of Transportation and law enforcement, bullied their way through the corridor. The Forest Service backed down in the face of this […]

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Poor whitebark pine crop but a good berry crop brings bears lower and closer to people-

This year as the Yellowstone country grizzly bears enter their time of peak appetite to prepare for hibernation they have a good berry crop to […]

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It’s called “hyperphagia”

Grizzly bears get a serious case of the “munchies” this time of the year. “Ravenous” is more the word. It is overwhelming and not a matter of personal character, but genetic programming to prepare for the winter hibernation.

News media articles, agency warmings, and word of mouth tells people that the bears […]

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Trend of introducing mountain goats outside historic range continues-

Utah’s Division of Wildlife has captured about 50 mountain goats from its thriving herd in the high Tushar Mountains of Southern Central Utah and released some of them into the photographically famous La Sal Mountains, east of Moab, near the Colorado border.

Seeing and hunting the […]

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Federal judge blocks megaloads from Clearwater-Lochsa Wild and Scenic corridor

BOISE — A federal judge this morning temporarily blocked additional megaload shipments through the Clearwater National Forest, America’s first Wild and Scenic River corridor and the homeland of the Nez Perce people.

Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s injunction was issued as part of a lawsuit […]

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They have a right to trample your property rights. Some say they take even more than that-

Urban folks have rarely heard of open range laws, but people who own land outside town in “open range” areas certainly have.  It is a long time and contentious issue that is heating up as more people own […]

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Wolf that went to California seems to have new home-

After many stories about Oregon wolf 7 (OR-7) in the Golden State, last spring he finally returned to Oregon . . . though not to his faraway birthplace in NE Oregon.

We haven’t heard about him for some time now, but his location has stabilized […]

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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