This is really a big issue. It keeps evolving and more editorials are being written.

“State OKs special hunt for escaped farm elk. Concern over disease prompts decision; hunters and property owners from [Hunting] Unit 64 will do most of the culling.” By Roger Phillips. Read Idaho Statesman article.

Wild Bill:” “Game Farms: Will We Learn Our Lesson Before It Is Too Late? Or Is It Already Too Late?” By Bill Schneider. New West. Bill Schneider, publisher and columnist lives in Montana where the citizens eliminated canned hunts and clamped down on game farms by means of a ballot initiave.

“Game-farm breakout highlights risks.” Missoulian editorial. ‘Summary: Montana clamped down on game farms, but risks persist right across the Idaho line.’ ” Read the full editorial.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

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September 2006


‎"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

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