Blog comment rules

If you haven’t commented before, read this.

This blog is moderated. You can contact webmaster Ralph Maughan at The other webmaster is Ken Cole.  5-6 other people post articles. There are a number of long time readers who have commented for years.

Your first comments to this blog go directly into the moderation box and must be approved by the webmaster. Every day new people are approved. About every two weeks someone is disapproved.

After your first comment is approved, your future comments might appear automatically. Permission to comment can be revoked. Due to the controversial nature of the issues discussed, experience tells that a completely open forum would be a string of insults. We don’t want this to be a forum for free floating emotion. There are quite a few strangers who show up and post a troll. They are usually removed unless posting them would seem to bring the embarrassment they deserve.

It is probably not a good idea for your first post to ridicule or insult the readers and editors of this blog. Comments such as those are common and usually their authors are blocked from making future posts. For obvious reasons it is especially unwise to make such comments from a government owned computer.

We also frown upon the use of Nazi analogies when speaking of wildlife issues. To understand this it is recommended that you understand Godwin’s Law.

We can see your email address, the screen name you use, and your IP number. Readers can only see your screen name and any link to your web page you elect to provide. Although potentially libelous comments are removed, you are legally responsible for them should we fail to locate them.

Please use a valid email address. If we find it is a fake, you will not be able to post anymore. We sometimes try to email new commenter before their comment is allowed through to see if it’s a valid address. Do not try to fool people by using different screen names and fake email addresses, your IP number doesn’t change. We can see what you are doing. The same is true should you issue a threat to someone.

We’ve found that people who think their comments won’t be let through are more likely to use a fake email address. So it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Note too that spam, which you will rarely see, is an ever present problem with all blogs, especially those with more readers like this one. Hundreds of spam posts are often received here daily. WordPress (the host of this blog) uses a routine (Akismet) to automatically try to detect spam. Akismet yields more false positives than false negatives. In other words, your comments can unintentionally end up in the spam queue. The best way to avoid this is not to have more than one hyperlink in your comments. Multiple hyperlinks are a leading characteristic of spam sent to blogs.

We try to go through the spam and pull out valid comments, but when faced with reading through a couple hundred unpleasant attempts to take you to porn sites, lead you to web pages that try to download a Trojan horse, or sell you dubious products, this task is often beyond our patience.

While Ralph Maughan is the primary webmaster; Ken Cole  frequently moderates and posts. The Wildlife News is supported by the Western Watersheds Project by the partial provision of  an employee (Cole).
Ralph Maughan


19 Responses to Blog comment rules

  1. We moved the rules for commenting on the blog to this separate page so they would not be so intrusive.

    We hope to keep it here unless it looks like those who want to comment are not aware of them.

    • I would like to see more updates on the day to day activities on the wolves and their packs. My organization likes to keep up with all the wolves on a personal level. I lo have several essays on wolves and their ecosystems. If your interested in reading or printing my essays I would be honored. Thank you for all the work you and your staff do to protect our beloved wolves. Gina McKelvey 2000 Arlington Ave Penthouse 511, Los Angeles, CA 90018 Phone (310)591-9472

  2. Note. If you comment on this page, please keep your comment on the rules of the blog rather than other matters.

  3. avatar Savebears says:

    Despite what gets posted, know that we all appriciate your blog as well as keeping it as clean as possible.

    One thing I will bring up is your comment about IP address, they do change and can be changed if you have knowledge to do so, also many of us travel quite often, so will have a different IP quite often.

    Just wanted to bring that up, but again, IP can and do change quite often.

  4. avatar Doug Pineo says:

    I read your short piece about hunting. I generally agree with you about grazing issues, but yet I’d rather have to deal with grazing than wind farms, and associated “smart grids”. Neither supporting or condemning hunting puts you in the same prim place as National Audubon, even as you acknowledge that the artificial schism between hunters and anti-hunters is a huge reason for the general failure of conservation of the nation’s natural heritage in the current era.

    Perhaps you think all hunters are Raul Labrador or Ted Nugent, though many thoughtful hunters indeed “think like a mountain”, and act on their principles. Your non-stance on hunting is worse than disappointing. You only add to the general disarray and mournful lassitude among conservationists in late 2013. Our children, and the world they will inherit, deserve better.

    • avatar Ray says:

      Sorry but I believe this individual as well as this blog site is very anti-hunting and anti-rural Americans.

  5. avatar John Jacob says:

    Thank you to Kathie Lynch for the Yellowstone wolf report. I have committed to making yearly visits to Yellowstone to try to see the wolves. It pains me greatly to see the decline that has happened since our government delisted them from protection under the ESA. I hope there will be a re-examination of that decision and a relisting to protect them once more.

  6. avatar rick says:

    I am certain that the majority of Idahoans are for less killing and no trapping of wolves. I believe that if someone with background would step up and lead this majority, We would have a very positive affect on how wolves are managed.

    • avatar Nancy says:

      Happy New Year rick! I’ve have the same thought about a majority of people who live here in Montana 🙂 but as you must know, its gonna take more than a village, community, counties, state to have a positive impact when it comes to the welfare of all wildlife.

      Their lives are too often manipulated and then destroyed to satisfy a tiny fraction of this country.

  7. avatar chris cooper says:

    “Your e-mail address will not be published”.
    I live in Idaho and have seen, first hand, the anti-wolf sentiment from hunters and their friends. Ignorance of the facts (that wolves make for a healthier forest ) here is appalling. Yes. The wolves need a voice here, but not being willing to make yourselves known will not get the word out or the job done. Feel free to make my e-mail known to anyone who requests it.

  8. avatar Ray says:

    Ralph Maughan I though this blog site was supposed to be neutral and you wouldn’t allow pro or anti hunting vitriol.Yet these blogs are full of vicious urban hunter hatred.Amazing you allow PETA spewing radical animal rights dirtbags voicing their hatred all over the place with little disregard for the people who live in these rural areas.

  9. avatar Evie says:

    My husband and I have been frequent visitors to Yellowstone in the past 23 years. I have written about What it means to me. Aside from Yellowstone’s beauty, it’s the Bison I love and go to see. The bison are unique, and beautiful animals in there own right.


    When I first see Yellowstone, I can not believe my eyes, what a magnificent scene it is, I sense a feeling of peace a sudden calmness comes over me. I get a warm comforting feeling inside, as thought I’ve been here before. I feel free, there’s just something so unique and heavenly about this wondrous land “God” has created. Every time we come it’s like the first time, it never changes.

    I’m so excited to be here, my heart is racing, I get a warm thrilling filling, it’s a vision of loveliness, and astounding beauty, so, grand and pure as far as the eye can see. My mind is at ease my heart is full, what a special treat, I cherish every minute I’m here, it reminds me of a lost world that time has forgotten. I feel like I’ve gone back in time, to prehistoric times, the buffalo are wild and free, they go anywhere in the park they wish too. This is the only National Park in the U.S. that has wild life roaming around freely, without a care in the world. Yellowstone is the only place in the lower 48 states to have continuously free-ranging buffalo population since prehistoric times. Nowhere on the planet will you see such a sight. Yellowstone’s Bison are the last wild herds.

    I’m so devastated to hear about the Bison being slaughtered, killed off. Tears run down my cheeks. I can’t believe how barbaric and what a heartless act this is. Who came up with killing our bison, a piece of my heart has broken. First we work on saving them from extension, only to kill them at a later date. What is that about? Now, they are being killed off for no reason at all. I really don’t believe in this day, and age that slaughtering is taking place in Yellowstone of all places. When I return to Yellowstone it will never feel be the same for me, knowing my beautiful Buffalo’s have been killed off. For no real reason, other than the herd became to large, “gee” some of you guys have to go. Are they picking number to see who goes? Think about it! How does that make you feel! Not to good! Right!

  10. avatar chris cooper says:

    The necessity for the culling of Yellowstone’s bison is questionable for many of us. Overgrazing can be a real problem. A natural balance…..why not? Bison numbers go up….wolf numbers go up. Bison numbers go down….wolf numbers eventually follow. This relationship worked well for thousands of years. Could it still work within the confines of the park? I guess we won’t get to find out.

  11. avatar brian mcnary says:

    Whenever I see an entire page devoted to “blog rules” what I see is this.

    “Blog rules” are simply a methodology wherein blog authors can hijack and control the dialogue while trying to come off like they are being “fair minded.”

    Caustic and ridiculing comments are easily dismissed from most blogs including my own without explanation. I tend to land on the side of free speech and oddly- I have only jettisoned 6 comments in a million+hits.

    Controlling the dialogue is a common teaching practice and with that I note the author (a former instructor of mine and good guy) and the subject matter. I see nothing wrong with stating the truth up front here rather than pretending to be “fair.” You cannot educate those who practice contempt prior to investigation. I would simply state that we are not here to attract dissent. If you want to argue or make nasty comments pls find Huffington Post.

    Having arrived on the planet via the most raped and destroyed landscape ever (Butte, Mt) I have a special fondness for environmental concerns. Thank you Ralph for helping shape me into the pro union, pro environment, and everything else libertarian I have become. And even though I disagree with wolf reintroduction- I have to admire the cut of your jib.


  12. avatar Scott Slocum says:

    How do we report comments that violate the rules?

  13. avatar Spencer Cake says:

    Wyoming Game & Fish Department has once again demonstrated its ability to takeout yet another Grizzly Bear. Bear 760 did no harm other than to befriend man. Surely the bear could have been relocated back to Grand Teton National Park, but no, WG&FD management had to be tough. They claim there was no other solution. None at all! Shame on you for your abuse of power over such a great gift to America. There were other options!

  14. avatar Randy Hoekstra says:

    Just got back from 5 days of cross country skiing with Yellowstone Expeditions and we saw wolf 755 and new mate on a kill in the Mud Volcano area, and hard to believe a grizzly on the same kill. Obviously still half asleep as we watched the wolves walk up and sniff it. It was hysterical watching the bear play with tree branches it was snoozing under and roll down the hill on its way to the carcass. Hope these two wolves are able to form a pack, it was plain to see that Feb. is mating time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


May 2016
« Apr    


‎"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

%d bloggers like this: