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One of the most beautiful pollinators bites the dust-

One of the fun things I remember from childhood is capturing the black, yellow and white monarch butterfly caterpillars. They were not hard to find. I would put them in a Mason jar and feed them milkweed which was commonplace. It was where I got the [...]

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The solidity of nature, even of creatures competing to eat the raw meat of the dead bison, is edifying. It brings a feeling of hopefulness at a time when humans claw at each other over political abstractions in a confused, but hostile, unnatural way, to detriment of all of us.

There is currently a debate [...]

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Utah to pay operating expenses, and might be reimbursed after gov’t shutdown-

Utah, a state famous for its many scenic national parks has might a deal with Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell,  To be opened and run with state funds are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks. Also; Natural Bridges and Cedar [...]

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Big pile of dead sheep in remote Idaho mountains-

While uncommon, this sort of thing has happened before in Eastern Idaho/Western Wyoming.  It’s not a pretty picture.  One hundred seventy-six sheep lie dead below a rocky slope near Fogg Hill, [...]

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Early wildfire starts in central Idaho bode for fire until October-

Stanley, ID.  Forest fire season in Idaho used to be August and September with many years with no forest fires of note. Now the fires begin in mid-July and burn until mid-October. Like last year, fires have already broken out, such as the Road [...]

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Release seemed to briefly stall, but now the goats are raising kids and expanding territory-

In 2010 45 mountain goats were released on the east slopes of Mt. Jefferson, a tall volcano in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Soon 3 of them slipped to their death or were killed by predators. Most survived, however,  and last July [...]

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Ten photos of jaguar near at site of 6,990-acre Rosemont mine project area-

Arizona is pockmarked with abandoned copper pit after pit and associated toxic tailings.  There are also some active pits and old ones starting back up. Finally there are plans for another new giant pit on the north end of the Santa Rita Mountains [...]

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Disease ridden domestic sheep killed off the bighorn in early 1900s and pose the same disease barrier today-

As has been written so many times, domestic sheep are full of diseases that are fatal to their wild cousin, the bighorn. Now plans to restore the mighty bighorn to the rugged Bridger Mountains to the northeast [...]

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Ravalli Republic publishes photos of 4-member cougar family in Sapphire Mountains-

The Sapphire Mountains are the range on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley.  Outside of the immediate area the mountains on the west of the Valley, the Bitterroot Mountains, are better known.  The Sapphires are much more gentle and have a lot of [...]

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Will firefighters be able to prevent a new run even farther to the east?
Update 9/17. Eastward spread of fire most likely contained.

The Mustang Fire has burned at least a hundred miles now, west and east along the main fork the Salmon River in Idaho. The River contained the Fire’s southward spread, [...]

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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