October 17, 2007

  • The Mexican wolf has many strikes against is restoration. The was allowed to become extinct in the wild, so every sucessfully “rewilded” wolf is very valuable. It’s territory has been artificially limited to “the box,” a relatively small area bestride the Arizona-New Mexico border. It’s restoration area, some of which is designated wilderness, is mostly…

  • I guess going to a moderated blog pleased those who are likely to visit this blog. Everyday WordPress tallies the number of visits to each blog and each post on the blog. That happens at 6 PM mountain time. It is now 3:46 PM mountain time and a new daily record of visits has been…

  • One of the most viewed articles on this blog has been the post of a year ago about what seemed to be a wolf, the first in over 100 years, shot in Vermont. Story from Oct. 2006. Finally, genetic tests are in and indicate it was a wolf. Genetic test confirms wolf shot in Vermont.…

  • New Mexico governor Bill Richardson went to far as to declare this unofficial week. “Wolf Awareness Week” declared in New Mexico .

  • This is a pretty controversial topic. When the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964, there were not really any mountain bikes. The Act clearly bans motorized recreation, but it is somewhatunclear about muscle powered mechanical. I think it is clear enough that the judgment is against bikes. The regulations written to flesh out the Act…

  • This was not a greater Yellowstone grizzly, but a NCDE griz. He apparently came across the grizzly who was in a “day bed.” Story. Billings Gazette News Services. Updates 10/18. Hunter recalls grizzly attack while he was bird hunting. AP Pheasant hunters: Beware of bears [on the Flathead Indian Reservation]. By Vince Devlin. Missoulian

  • Gill-netting culls 73K lake trout from Yellowstone Lake. By Mike Stark.Billings Gazette. The more nets they throw into Yellowstone Lake, the more pesky lake trout they seem to catch. Despite the increase haul of this introduced cutthroat trout-eating predator, the Yellowstone cutthroat are just barely holding their own, if that.

  • Because too many comments are now contributing little new about wildlife, etc., that is, there is little information, analysis, or reasonable discussion. There are too many personal attacks. This is becoming a moderated forum, at least for a while. If you send a comment, I will have to approve it before it appears. That might…


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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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