Wolf arguments go to judge. By Beb Neary. Associated Press writer

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Hearing on the big wolf delisting lawsuit is Thursday

  1. avatar Jon Way says:

    What really needs to be done is a federal law for “common animals” so states can’t get away with year round slaughters, especially on public lands, whether it be wolves or coyotes (or other animals). Something like the Canid or Common Wildlife Protection Act where hunting of these species is much, much more regulated, especially on our public lands. And then these things won’t be allowed to happen.
    States need to recognize that there is more to wildlife management than killing and specifically, than about numbers. None of the states take into account a predator’s social sophistication or intelligence when designing these plans – and in my opinion, because they are so dominated by one (hunter) or 2 (also, livestock) interests.

  2. avatar Dave J says:

    And the western state’s are very good, one might say “perfect”, at maintaining the domination by those two groups. Even in Colorado, which is better than WY or ID in terms of demographics, ranchers and so-called sportsmen totally dominate. We used to call the current pace of change in wildlife management “glacial”, but it looks like glaciers will be gone by the time non-hunters have a voice.

  3. avatar Rick Hammel says:

    Dave J,

    I have to agree with you. I live near Craig, Colorado. Ranching is so politically connected, it is unbelievable! There was a point where all three county commissioners were ranchers. Now just two are in power. A former commissioner is still very active in local and state politics. If there is any kind of movement that might affect ranching, he is there, speaking out of turn and just playing the part of a bully.

    Another former commissioner, a woman, is now a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry. It would be ok if she had a clue of what she is doing, but she doesn’t.

    Fighting the livestock industry is very disheartening. Trying to get them to look at a different point of view is impossible. Many have tried and have failed. Lawsuits will force them to change, but in turn, bring bitterness. What can be done? I don’t know. I have been trying for 15 years and am no closer to a solution than when I started.


  4. avatar timz says:

    A story about today’s court hearing.

    Thanks Tim. I will make the story a post. Ralph Maughan



‎"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

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