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Is arrogant ranching to blame?

After many articles here in TWN this year, and elsewhere, about the growing pneumonia epidemic in the bighorn sheep herd just north of Yellowstone Park continues, now 40% of the bighorn are dead. More bighorn are sick. Details […]

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Feeding continues even as chronic wasting disease moves closer-

Jackson, WY – Yesterday afternoon, a coalition of four conservation groups filed formal objections to the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s recent decision approving an elk feeding ground in Wyoming’s Gros Ventre Valley. They are Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, Wyoming Chapter of Sierra Club, and the Gallatin Wildlife Association.

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“We’re basically playing chicken with the feds. It’s basically more like extortion, . . .”
Rep. Dan Zwonitzer (R-Cheyenne)-

This session of the Wyoming legislature has been one to nurse grudges when it comes to livestock and efforts to curb its harmful side effects.

The legislature passed a bill to criminalize the gathering of […]

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Elk breeders push to relax rules. Legislature close to rejecting the breeders-

White-tailed deer and the parasitic meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis) coexist fairly well. They have fought each other to a near standstill in evolutionary conflict spanning perhaps a million years. The whitetails rarely get sick from these adult nematode type worms that live in […]

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Most elk since 1998 now being fed-

Since 2015 began, the winter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has been the mildest in the memory of most folks.  As a result, the almost snow-free National Elk Refuge would be expected harbor only scattered elk, and the elk there would not be chowing down on compressed alfalfa pellets. […]

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B-T Forest renews elk feedground while admitting it will spread brucellosis, parasites and chronic wasting disease-

Acting Bridger-Teton National Forest supervisor Kathryn Conant is going to renew the special use permit for Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Alkali Creek winter elk feedlot which is up the Gros Ventre River, sandwiched between the gravel road and […]

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Wyoming Wildlife Advocates issues report with q. and a.-

The usual winter feeding of elk on the National Elk Refuge at Jackson, Wyoming, is just starting now.  Every year they try to hold off, and once and a while it is deemed not to have been needed.

The elk get alfalfa pellets, although elk on […]

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Yes, it looks like pneumonia. It usually is. 
It comes from domestic sheep most of the time.

On December 15, Ken Cole reported in the News, “Bighorn Sheep Near the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park are Dying from Pneumonia.”

Well, it continues. Now Brett French reports in the Missoulian […]

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Could native pollinators save us?

Most folks are now aware that our honeybees are in big trouble. Public opinion surveys shows more total agreement about this environmental threat than global warming, likely because Republicans worry about the bees, but not climate change/global warming. Democrats and independents worry about both.

There is no consensus on the […]

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Is there hope for containing this African epidemic?

“Bush meat” is any kind of meat that poachers bring out of “the bush,” forest and brushlands of Africa, especially central Africa.

The Ebola virus causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever. It is one of the most frightening of all epidemics because of its symptoms, high mortality (30 to […]

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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