Noisy and getting noisier

Noise pollution threatens animals

“Sounds produced by vehicles, oil and gas fields and urban sprawl interfere with the way animals communicate, mate and prey on one another.”

Great Gray Owl © Ken Cole

Great Gray Owl © Ken Cole

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Ken Cole

Ken Cole is a 5th generation Idahoan, an avid fly fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. He is the interim Idaho Director for Western Watersheds Project. We do not accept unsolicited “guest” authors or advertising.

2 Responses to Noise pollution threatens animals

  1. kt says:

    That is quite the handsome owl, Ken!

    On the subject of noise, the Air Force is seeking to bring some new even more ear-splitting planes to Mountain Home – gotta keep the federal pork flowing ti MHAFB – and keep Singapore happy.

    They want to take over more Nevada airspace, too.

  2. Nathan says:

    I would love to see a decibel restriction imposed on Yellowstone in the summer. Too many modified custom exhausts on big trucks and motorcycles pouring insane amounts of noise into the valleys.

    I have seen several of these vehicles with after market exhausts rev there engine to get a reaction out of wildlife they are passing in the park…disgusting behavior.


October 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

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