This issue has been very controversial, and the Service’s designation is very small. It is only 10% of what was first proposed, and it is almost entirely inside national parks where the designation hardly matters.

Story from the Daily InterLake (Kalispell, Montana).

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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.

3 Responses to Critical habitat for lynx established by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  1. avatar Alan Gregory says:

    Oh sure, the cats will pay attention to political boundaries. Sure, sure. “The issue will remain controversial.

  2. avatar Jean Ossorio says:

    The cats will pay attention to political boundaries about as well as Mexican wolves do in the Southwest. The latter are constantly being trapped and translocated or returned to captivity for simply setting up territories outside the invisible, odorless boundaries of the “recovery area.” This is a major reason for the slow progress of the current reintroduction.

    One can only hope that the new House Resources Committee chair will hold hearings to probe the workings of the U. S. Fish and WIldlife Service (and the rest of the federal agencies charged with protecting wildlife and managing public lands). It would be refreshing to see them once again paying at least a little attention to science as they go about their business.

  3. Things are looking up considerably, I’d say. First, however, Pombo and others are hatching their plans for the congressional lame duck session, so no one can let down their guard.

    Pombo is still saying he will try for endangered species act “reform.”


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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