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Wildlife solutions will irritate many people-

A new AP story tells us that the incidence of deer tick borne Lyme Disease continues to grow in the U.S. Northeast and to spread.  Worse, the very cold winter did not seem to reduce the number of [...]

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In the latest Jackson Hole News and Guide, outdoor writer Todd Wilkinson discusses the question, “Do wolves, cougars help curb diseases?” At the Wildlife News we have posed the same question. Properly stated this question can be investigated scientifically.

First a hypothesis (or hypotheses) need to be stated [...]

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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.

In [...]

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Feeding often makes things worse, especially when done half-heartedly-
Expect predators to show up-

Perhaps millions of Americans feed the birds, squirrels, feral cats, much larger animals too, such as deer. All animals are interested in food and as a population they obviously know how to find it, or they would not exist. They [...]

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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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This is one of a number of crossing overpasses that have gone up-

Building overpasses over busy highways in notable spots where animals cross make a lot of sense in terms of safety of people and the animals.  We have seen several near Wells, Nevada and reported on them. Now one is nearing completion over [...]

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Hundreds dead; news media interest spotty-

Late in many summers Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) or “blue tongue” kills deer and elk across the country. Whitetailed deer are the most commonly affected.  This viral disease is carried by biting midges that emerge in late summer.

Right now there are reports are of an entire herd of [...]

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Fatal ungulate disease advances as Wyoming game managers continue on in denial-

Our recent story on chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Wisconsin now has a followup in the treasured Greater Yellowstone country. In both places, wildlife managers and politicians continue to take a heedless attitude [...]

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Gov Walker, deer czar Kroll, some hunting groups become passive over brain rotting disease-

It’s aim for the lowest common denominator in management of Wisconsin’s huge whitetail population. The incidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), the prion-based malady that turns deer (and elk and moose) brains into sponges has gone from a half per cent [...]

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Could no hunting zone of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) could prove haven for Idaho’s persecuted wolves?

The vast (900 sq mil), sprawling INL has many nuclear reactors, but there is also a lot of open space where hunting and livestock grazing are not allowed. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that some of Idaho’s [...]

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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