An interesting article in Science News this morning–wolves are not moving out of the Greater Yellowstone as fast as mathematical models predict.

I don’t know the details of the article, but I suspect the reason is that the area is surrounded by ring of domestic sheep and the wolves shot for killing sheep.

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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.

One Response to Wolves Are Not Dispersing As Fast As Expected from Yellowstone

  1. Interesting how Idaho and Utah appear to be the only states to survive the Democrat wave. Here, we passed two propositions that should help the environment long term: Prop 2 which issues bonds to buy open space in Salt Lake County to preserve it as open space and prevent development and Prop 3 to expand the light rail system which has been very successful. Utahns in general seem to be Democrat-proof outside of Salt Lake City with the Mormons voting greatly as a block. Ironically, the most powerful Mormon in the U.S. Senate now is not Orrin Hatch but Harry Reid of Nevada. Hatch has got to be steamed.


November 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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