This is a long summary of where the bighorn sheep controversy in Idaho stands and who is saying what. I think it’s a useful article for bringing folks up to date.

Bighorn advocates butt heads.

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Ralph Maughan

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.

2 Responses to Bighorn advocates butt heads

  1. Cidahoan says:

    Is the Fish and Game Commision not required to Post and Inform the public about their meetings to comply with Idaho’s Open Meeting Law? There is nothing to be found anywhere on their site about the 8 am “conference call” Thursday morning mentioned in the article. Does this mean you can go to any Fish and Game office around the state to listen in?

    TITLE 36
    36-104. GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES OF COMMISSION. (a) Organization —
    Meetings. The members of the commission shall annually meet at their offices
    and organize by electing from their membership a chairman, who shall hold
    office for a period of one (1) year, or until his successor has been duly
    elected. In addition to the regular annual meeting, to be held in January,
    said commission shall hold other regular quarterly meetings each year at such
    places within the state as the commission shall select for the transaction of
    business. Special meetings may be called at any time and place by the chairman
    or a majority of the members of the commission. Notice of the time, place and
    purpose of any and all special meetings shall be given by the secretary to
    each member of the commission prior to said meeting.

  2. Robert Hoskins says:

    It seems to me that this is an opportunity for a public trust lawsuit against the State of Idaho for its proposed mismanagement of the peoples’ wildlife.


February 2008


‎"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."

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