This web site now third most influential political blog in Idaho

Here are the data. It varies from week to week, of course. One week it was number one, and almost always in the top ten. Lately, visits per weekday have been averaging well over 4000. It drops off a bit every weekend.

Thanks for your support and so many excellent comments (to put it mildly).

It is number two, beginning today (Sunday, April 27).





  1. Nathan Hobbs Avatar

    Great news! heres to the push to number one! 🙂
    This website has been a incredible news source and also learning tool reading the many comments that are on here. Keep up the great work everyone!

  2. Jon Way Avatar

    Congrats to Ralph and all of his hardwork!

  3. vicki Avatar

    I had no idea how the posts you make here are shared through out all of e-space.
    It makes me think about the responsibility we should take as we post here. Be sure your comments are what you’d want the world to hear!
    Awesome Ralph. Keep up the good work,,,kudos to your team also.
    This is very reassuring, it lends support to a unified front for the environment. It makes me more certain that people far and wide are looking to this resource for information. Thank goodness they aren’t just taking what the government dishes out as truth!

  4. Buffaloed Avatar

    This is good. Considering the responses to some posts in the past I am not surprised

  5. Robert Hoskins Avatar
    Robert Hoskins

    Congratulations Ralph. You’re the first blog I hit in the morning. Don’t know how you consistently get up before I do.

    I think this web site is probably the most influential in the country for progressive, green on green conservationists to find out what’s going on and to discuss the issues.


  6. jerry b Avatar
    jerry b

    Ralph…..I appreciate all the time you spend keeping us informed. It has brought so many knowledgeable people together and, as one without a formal science background, I’ve learned so much from those that comment here. It was great to put faces on the many contributers to this blog that attended the wolf conference.

  7. Mike Bickley Avatar
    Mike Bickley

    Congratulations Ralph! Your site has been number one at my house for years. I would feel lost without it. Thanks to you and all those who post as well.

  8. Brian Ertz Avatar

    it is certainly an uplifting thing knowing how many people drop in. we get scientists, wildlife advocates of all stripes including leaders, leaders of associations opposed to wildlife, congressional staffers, MSM, etc. etc. etc. and most importantly, it’s a place for a community of people who give a rip to chime in.

    you’ve done a phenomenal thing here Ralph ~ along with your contributors like Kathy Lynch.

    keep raising hell

  9. JEFF E Avatar
    JEFF E

    Congratulations Ralph. It appears your original premise for switching to this format was spot on.

  10. JEFF E Avatar
    JEFF E

    Congratulations Ralph. It appears your original premise for switching to this format was spot on.

  11. Catbestland Avatar

    “Field of Dreams”

    If you build it, they will come.

  12. Heather Avatar

    So many more are viewing rather than commenting. It would be nice to know who is reading this,,,

    WordPress provides statistics in form of where the visitors came from if they clicked a link. I guess about 10% are the “antis,” and the rest at least moderately favorable to the dominant points of view on the blog. Ralph Maughan

  13. C. Walton Avatar
    C. Walton

    Yeah, congratulations Ralph! And thanks. This blog is an amazing source of information. The overall intellectual level of the contributions and comments on your site is light-years beyond what I find on most other wildlife blogs. Keep it up!

  14. Heather Avatar

    Ralph: But that is just a guess, IF they clicked a link. You would know better than I, but I just wonder if we have members of WY wool growers, WY Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau etc looking at this blog. And, if they are that is a good thing. Maybe they will learn from us. I personally do not buy wool or beef anymore. and not much of anything else I produce myself. (For those of you who disagree, Go ahead and pick away at me if you must, but at least I am trying. Its my soul when I die I’m looking out for!)

    Of course, they are reading this blog. So are lots of folks in the various conservation groups — local, regional, and national. Ralph Maughan

  15. JEFF E Avatar
    JEFF E

    By the way Ralph I like the green highlights much better.
    And yes, Heather, if one goes to “a lot” of different websites Ralph’s website is mentioned (sometimes obliquely by the more rabid anti’s crowd) very often.

  16. Heather Avatar

    Ok is there a slight tone of sarcasm here? 🙂
    Jeff E thanks for the correction on the word “a lot”… didn’t think that really mattered. There are a few misspellings on this blog that go unnoticed…
    Getting in trouble for thinking out loud again…..

  17. JEFF E Avatar
    JEFF E

    Not at all Heather, I was referring to my own proclivity of following an idea or comment, boarding on, sometimes obsession,(meaning I go to a lot of web sites) until I am satisfied I have the facts, in so much as possible, on a subject. Unfortunately in the pursuit, I am not always Politically correct.

  18. Heather Avatar

    wow thanks for replying. I am going stir crazy this weekend reading all wolf case law in the past 10 years writing this paper… A LOT (!) of bad stuff and I am just going a little nuts. McKittrick case is quite interesting but I cant believe he beheaded the poor thing…


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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