I posted this article as part of a comment yesterday, but it deserves its own post. The natural gas industry is the major threat to elk and deer in Wyoming (and, of course, chronic wasting disease). I have always thought the state’s anti-wolf rhetoric was mostly designed to divert attention away from the industialization of much of the state’s ungulate winter range.

Jackson Hole News and Guide.  “Feds want more wells even as deer decline. BLM eyes increase in drilling as study links Snow King deer to Sublette County habitat.” By Cory Hatch. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

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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.

2 Responses to Feds want more WY gas wells even as deer decline

  1. avatar Robert Hoskins says:

    Non illegitimus carborundum.

  2. avatar Rick Hammel says:

    200 miles south, in NW Colorado, interest in drilling for gas is escalating. So much so, that the BLM is revising its resource management planto deal with drilling and production. There is a group of folks that are wildlife habitat advocates that are developing methods of persuading the BLM to follow its own rules. Specifically, to get the BLM to enforce its drilling stipulations. We are not successful as yet, but we are still working at it. With a new governor, perhaps the Colorado Division of Wildlife will be a little less “drilling friendly.”


December 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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