From the daily archives: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

With the impending declassification of the national symbol of the United States — the bald eagle — in the news release below, Idaho F & G gives an overview of the current status of eagles in Idaho.

The major factor in the decline of the bald and the golden eagle was the long-lasting, primitive insecticide, […]

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I was reporting on this major fire in the Wyoming Range before I went to Central Idaho for five days — The Horse Creek Fire in the Wyoming Range.

Since then, it has doubled in size, but containment is now 100%. Containment does not mean a fire is out. It means the fire’s spread to […]

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This story in the Tooele (TA will a) Transcript Bulletin brings some perspective on the Utah bear attack.

The same is true in Idaho where there are also wolves.

Bear maulings in the form of grizzly bear reactions and bison gorings change the equation a bit in Wyoming.

The most dangerous large animal by […]

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This is a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity.

Dead and Dying Cattle Litter Gila Region, Drawing Mexican Wolves

After looking at the central Idaho range and mountains, it is obvious to me that cattle in Idaho are going to die this summer for lack of water, forage, and neglect. No […]

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This Utah fire is hot, big, deadly, and growing fast.

Fires are breaking out all over the Intermountain West and there hasn’t even been a lightning storm. It’s going to be quite a summer.

Story. Help on the way for Utah’s weary firefighters. Hundreds from all over nation fight raging Neola North blaze. By […]

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It is a bacteria called mycoplasma ovipneumoniae. It is apparently common in domestic sheep and goats, but easily causes fatal pneumonia in bighorn sheep. Story Organism ID’d That May Be Killing Bighorn Sheep. By Keith Ridgler. AP. (as printed in the Seattle Post Intelligencer).

“All indications are that the domestics are passing diseases and […]

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I was gone for about a week, looking BLM and Forest Service grazing allotments, and other things far better (congratulations on your marriage “BE”!).

In the meantime, a large fire broke out near Horse Butte, threatened many homes and structures and the town of West Yellowstone. That fire is now contained at close to 4000 […]

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‎"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