On Thanksgiving Day, this blog should record its 3-millionth visitor.

Thanks for reading and participating.

Ralph Maughan

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.

38 Responses to Thanksgiving. 3-million visits to this blog.

  1. Nathan says:

    With many more to come! This website has been an amazing resource to me. Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. Cliff says:

    This site provides more information on wildlife and wildlands than any other online or print publication, thanks to Ralph and to the commenters that regularly add their experience and personal knowledge to the discussion. Thanks to all.

  3. jburnham says:

    Thanks Ralph. This site has been very informative and interesting over the years. Keep it up!

  4. JEFF E says:

    without having met you in person(yet) I have to say that I have rarely come across an individual that I respect as much.

  5. JEFF E says:

    Happy Thanksgiving

  6. Debra K says:

    Thanks to Ralph, Brian and Ken for their many informative posts and time on the blog.

  7. Gene E says:

    Love your site. Check it every single day. Thanks.

  8. Barb Rupers says:

    Thanks for the contributions over the years. My day usually starts here.

  9. kt says:

    Yes,Ralph: thanks for helping expose the brutality and gobble-dy-gook of wildlife issues on western public lands!

  10. Maska says:

    I can only say “amen” to the above comments. Thanks, Ralph et al.

  11. Ken Cole says:

    Thank you Ralph for giving me a much bigger voice than I ever dreamed of and thanks for informing me for so many years. Your site has literally changed my life. I wouldn’t have the job that I have now and I wouldn’t be as contented with my life. I owe you a deep debt of gratitude.

  12. Save bears says:

    Thanks Ralph, I have followed your websites for just about as long as they have been around, great source of information for one and all!

  13. mikepost says:

    OK Ralph, whats the prize for the 13,000,000th visit? One years worth of unrestricted posting? You must come up with something to celebrate this success!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. mikepost says:

    Make that 3,000,000th……

  15. Rita K.Sharpe says:

    Thank you Ralph for this site and to everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  16. Rick Hammel says:

    Thanks, Ralph, for all that you do. Have a Happy Thanksgiving


  17. Salle says:

    Indeed. Thanks to Ralph and the alternate editors for the time and effort required to make this blog the info warehouse it is. Having known Ralph for many years now, I must say this info source is one for your great contributions to conservation and conservationists around the globe. It’s not the only contribution nor the greatest, only because there are many to consider and all are important.


    …and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in this little “family”.

  18. Salle says:

    “this info source is one for your great contributions to conservation and conservationists…”

    Whoops, I meant “one of”… I’ve been cooking for 6 hours-since 5:30am-my brain is mush and it’s two words ahead of my fingers!!

  19. Brian Ertz says:

    Thanks for raising a bit of hell on behalf of wildlife and wild places Ralph.

    The bastards are on the run ! We’ll get ’em yet !

  20. JB says:

    Thanks for creating the best source (at least the best I’ve found) for news and discussion about wildlife and public lands issues in the West.

    Keep up the good work!

  21. Virginia says:

    I have said this before and would like to say it again – wolves.wordpress.com is one of the two sites I read first thing every day (dailykos is the other). There is nowhere else I can get the wildlife news like I can here and I feel comfortable expressing my opinions as they are somewhat respected as well. I am grateful to Ralph, Brian, Ken and all of the people who post here as you give me hope for the future of wildlife and the environment and sometimes a reality check that all is not well with those two issues. I cannot imagine a day without this blog!

  22. Percy says:

    This website is great for up-to-the-minute information on our public lands and the “management” of its wildlife inhabitants. The more people are aware of it, the more change is possible. People on here may differ in opinion, but wildlands are important to all of us. We need to make ourselves heard to our politicians so they have no excuse for not representing our interests.

  23. Cutthroat says:

    Thanks Ralph and all who contribute here. I appreciate the opportunity to participate and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

  24. jerryB says:

    I agree with
    Brian….the BASTARDS are on the run thanks in great part to your efforts, Ralph.
    Now let’s all buy one share of Cabelas in the morning and meet at the next shareholders meeting to raise hell about the Predator Killing Derbys. Keep up the pressure!

  25. We just got back from a Thanksgiving Day hike. I didn’t know I’d log in and see so many compliments.

    Thank you all. It is encouraging to me because I know what I’ve done has made some enemies. They are not just some nasty politicians, but in a few cases former friends in the conservation community.

  26. Taz Alago says:

    I’ve learned a lot from this site and am damned grateful it exists. I appreciate all the work it takes to run, too. Thanks Ralph. Hoppy Thanksgiving.

  27. Chris Harbin says:

    I, like others, check this site first, and often check it several times a day. For this I am thankful. I hope all have a great Thanksgiving Holiday and weekend!

  28. Michael Williams says:

    As a Sierra Nevada resident, and a person that spends 1-3 months a year in ID, WY, MT, I really appreciate this site. Thank you Ralph, Brian and Ken for helping to keep me informed.
    Happy Holidays, Mike

  29. Hi Ralph (and of course everybody else). Greetings and best wishes from Germany. Keep up contributing everybody! Great site!

  30. Alan says:

    You know what they say? If you are making enemies you must be doing something right! Congratulations on 3 mil. Everyday that I log on the computer I check here first.

  31. vickif says:

    Congrats, and good work!

  32. Ryan says:

    Congrats Ralph on the visits.

  33. Wyo Native says:

    Yes, by all means Ralph congrats.

    Even though your blog’s participants have taken a tremendous anti hunting tone the last few months I still check daily to see your headlines and the effects that they may have on my freedoms.

    Keep up the good work!

  34. Marcel says:

    Yes, even from The Netherlands we (my brother and I ) check your site daily. Because we also care about your beautiful country . Keep up the good work Ralph,Brian & Ken.

  35. Linda Hunter says:

    Me too . . thanks for a great resource and for the eye opening work you are all doing. I have been checking this site for more than four years now and can’t thank you enough for all I have learned.

  36. nabeki says:

    Ralph….great to hear you’ve reached such an amazing milestone!!

  37. Ralph,
    on the Basin Butte Wolf pack thread you say you noticed an increasing number of users from Germany on the server.
    I guess you have quite a few followers from Europe on this blog, thus not necessarily as “active” bloggers. Maybe it´s because Elli picked up this thread on her german language blog, which has – at least in my opinion – the disadvantage of being strictly limited to “Yellowstone” subjects and is normally very quiet and dormant compared to this one. It´s well known in the IT world that blogs are still not very popular in Germany and this might be even more true for blogs in a different language. I think it would be quite interesting to know about the composition of the audience on this blog here. Would be nice if people would come out and let us know in which country they are “homebased”. As I always insist: Wildlife conservation is not an isolated but a global issue! And we all can only benefit from a different perspective.

  38. Peter,

    I can tell that the increased traffic is mostly from Elli’s website. Her book, Die Wölfe von Yellowstone, seems to be greatly admired and is full of detail. She gave me a copy.

    Yellowstone wolves are influenced by wolf management in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. As the wolves of the Park decline, I hope she will write more of the wolves outside Yellowstone, especially because Idaho is better wolf habitat than Yellowstone Park.

    WordPress gives us a lot of statistics about visitors to the blog, but not country. I don’t think we get very many international visitors except when Kathie Lynch writes.

    I would welcome more. I certainly appreciate your comments.


November 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