News came out last week that taxpayer-funded and woefully misnamed Wildlife Services killed five wild wolves in central Idaho for alleged livestock depredation—another in a long line of such wolf-killing actions by this secretive government agency.

Wildlife Services, which Congressman Peter DeFazio calls “one of the most opaque and least accountable agencies” in the […]

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Yellowstone Wolf Update
Copyright Kathie Lynch 2015

The key words for wolf watching in Yellowstone this summer have to be patience, luck, and sunscreen! Sightings are often hard to come by and may require long hours of standing in the broiling sun watching, waiting, and hoping–or simply being in the right place at the […]

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Sightseers disturb bear feeding habits, biologists warn, but Park Service shows little willingness to redirect human traffic

One of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles in the world is the scene of brown bears catching salmon at Katmai National Park. During the summer sockeye salmon runs, brown bears congregate on the Brooks River to […]

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Zack Strong
Montana Office NRDC
Bozeman, Montana

Dear Zack,

I just read the article in NRDC’s On Earth about the JBarL ranch in Montana’s Centennial Valley. As the Montana representative, I suspect you had a hand in helping to promote this article.

http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/montana-cattle-ranching-wolves

Now I know you didn’t write the piece, […]

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It is time to create a new page of “Interesting Wildlife News.”     Please put your wildlife news in the comments below.

Beaver-felled willow trees. East Fork Mink Creek near Pocatello, ID. Copyright Ralph Maughan

 

Do not post copyrighted material, and here is the link to the “old” wildlife news of  June 2, […]

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Boise, ID. Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project and other conservation groups filed administrative protests today against 14 federal sage grouse plans, spanning 10 western states saying they don’t adequately protect the birds.

WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity joined Western Watersheds in the protests saying the federal plans disregard the scientific consensus […]

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Five to one in favor comments were not well publicized-

This month the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a detailed report on the recent comments the public made on the proposal to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State. The report goes on at great length, but […]

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Evidence is the onslaught of these ecologically useless fish is ending-

We haven’t discussed the status of the illegally introduced lake trout in Yellowstone Lake for two years now, but the continuing evidence for their decline is good.

The dawn to dusk, 6-days-a-week effort, gillnetting with five boats is catching fewer lake trout each year. […]

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Scenic source of Big Lost River has been abused by cattle too long-

Western Watersheds Project goes to court to protect fish in Copper Basin

Boise, ID – In order to defend fisheries on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Forest Service for its authorization of harmful […]

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The following is commentary from Phil Cafaro, professor at Colorado State University that are germane to all of us who value wildlands, wildlife and a functioning environment. Below are portions of the Pope Francis speech and Phil’s commentary in italics.

Dear Colleagues,

There is a lot to chew on in the Pope’s encyclical letter, released […]

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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