ORVs were kicked out of monument; the real damage is grazing-

This is apparently, though a good place to find the bleached bones of cattle, a common visual theme of cartoons of people lost in the desert.

Inane official, public actions scar Sonoran monument. By Linda Valdez. The Arizona Republic

– – – –

Update. Link to WWP Arizona Office. Great photo of cattle in Sonoran Desert National Monument 🙁

About The Author

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 Cattle denude the Sonoran National Monument

  1. kt says:

    I’ve been to the Sonoran Monument, and the writer aptly describes the damage cattle are doing to the desert.

    “Much of what I saw reminded me of a Wile E. Coyote cartoon in which the desert is a sandy and barren place dotted with scrubby cactuses and cow skulls”.

    The BLM Manager Hanson is classic – whining about not enough funding. Well, if there is not enough funding, then the first thing you should do is to cut the grazing – since on the average just administering a permit alone costs taxpayers 5 -6 times as much as the rancher pays in near-free grazing fees.

  2. brian ertz says:

    I agree – you hear a lot about “not enough fundind” to protect grazed landscapes. It’s rediculous. If there’s not enough money to monitor or conserve then there’s not enough money to permit use.. Period.


January 2009


‎"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