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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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The new film “Wild Things” exposes USDA’s war on wildlife-

Each year Wildlife Services—a little known agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture—shoots, traps and poisons millions of animals, including about 100,000 native carnivores, ostensibly to resolve conflicts between people and wildlife. However, thousands of these animals are killed unintentionally, and many more are killed […]

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All, that is except for the increasing boring deer and elk and some exotics-

The Wildlife News has not paid a lot of attention lately to the state of New Mexico, but it appears the state wildlife mangers and governor have the same attitude as Idaho, but New Mexico is a more advanced case.

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Only difference is this time they might get some real money to waste-

Although the appropriation of $35-million to chase Greater Yellowstone elk and bison and try to vaccinate them against brucellosis might seem like a new issue to some, it has been around a long time.

Today the Missoulian has an article on it.  Continue Reading

Deep within the Senate version of the “Farm Bill” there is hidden a section that provides $35,000,000 to vaccinate wildlife, primarily elk and bison in the Greater Yellowstone Area (see pages 1127-1130 of S.954).  Section 12101, titled “Wildlife Reservoir Zoonotic Disease Initiative” would amend another law to provide, for 5 years, $7 million in funding annually to address […]

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Birds in city parks benefit as coyotes stalk cats. But, hey, it’s best for the cats too-

Feral and stray cats (free roaming cats) are known to take a huge toll on birds, and the number of these small predators is burgeoning. There are perhaps as many as 40-million in the US alone. The number […]

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It may already be too late

Throughout the west, bighorn sheep are seeking out mates and the rams are giving an incredible display by butting heads in competition for ewes.  This is a very visible spectacle in the Gardiner Basin of Montana that lies just north of Yellowstone National Park which is filled with many […]

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Suspected to have come from a domestic goat-

The entire population of bighorn sheep in the Mohave National Preserve could die from pneumonia transmitted, probably, by a lone domestic Angora goat found in the desert near where the outbreak originated.

The number of bighorn near Old Dad Mountain (200 to 300) has clearly declined and […]

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Yes, indeed it is from cats that roam outside-

We won’t belabor this because we have discussed the dangers of the parasites in cat scat many times here. It is good to have CNN discuss it, however.

The next time you step in it, after the standard “Oh S__t!” think “toxoplasmosis.”  Disinfect your shoes. […]

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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