Montana, an accomplice to grayling extinction

As was recently reported, the Bush Administration has refused to list the fluvial form of the arctic grayling in Montana, but the fish is already functionally extinct there. So I guess DOI can say “mission accomplished.”

George Wuerthner, writing in New West, points the finger for the on-the-ground conditions that felled the grayling to stream dewatering, the livestock industry and the complicency of Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Montana, an accomplice to grayling extinction.

Oh well, there are plenty of grayling in Alaska (something we will hearing more often given the Bush Administration’s new illegal policy that if there is a population of a species somewhere that is not endangered, we don’t need to conserve one that is).

Closely related. “Scientists Protest New Reading of ESA.” WWPblog

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Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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