U.S. to reconsider prairie dog status. By Clair Johnson. Billings Gazette.

Once again there is more endangered species fallout from the corrupt reign of Jule MacDonald’s period as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Interior. A status review will begin for the white tailed prairie dog.

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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.

One Response to U.S. to reconsider prairie dog status

  1. First off, this is encouraging, but this is like using a sledge-hammer to drive in a tack. I don’t know how other states treat the WT P-dog, but if Wyoming would just manage them with a hunting season instead of listing them as a predator and allowing at-will slaughter, that would go a long way toward fixing the problem. I think that’s where efforts should be focused.

    Now, I know that O&G is having a huge impact on P-dogs, but we can’t use the ESA to push that agenda every time. It will backfire eventually. I don’t know. It just seems like a stupid game dancing around with proposed listings that probably won’t happen when Anadarko is still out there tearing up the prairie. I wish I had a better answer.


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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