Pneumonia in important SW Montana herd spreads-

FWP biologists, volunteers cull sick bighorns in East Fork of Bitterroot. By Perry Backus. Ravalli Republic.

Damn those domestic sheep!

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This story earlier on this blog. Bighorn sheep near Darby, MT dying of pneumonia.

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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 and the creator of The Wildlife News.

3 Responses to FWP biologists, volunteers cull sick bighorns in East Fork of Bitterroot

  1. avatar dewey says:

    I’m wondering if we could talk a UM student or gradschooler into preparing a GIS map of wild Bighorn sheep populations and the domestic sheep presence on both public and private lands in this conflict zone ? Surely some combination of agencies can be squeezed for that data. AUM’s and grazing leases, allotments, etc on the public lands, and something from the Montana woolgrowers on the private stock.

    This Missoulian article has very little to say about the domestic sheep; very nonspecific. I’d like to see this info mapped graphically, in bright white light.

  2. avatar Nathan Hobbs says:

    Getting the data is always the hardest part.
    I just had to switch my project proposal for a GIS class because I could not get ahold of the data I needed.

    Once you have the data it is a fairly simple and quick process to get a map like you describe up and running. I am not a UM student (I go to ISU) but would assist in the map making project if we can find the relative data. I have all the software needed at my disposal.

  3. You might get in touch with the Western Watersheds Project office in Missoula and see if they have the time to help.


December 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."

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