February 17, 2010

  • After 15 years, a look at the effects- This interesting article appeared in print maybe 5 days ago. I’m glad they put it online. After 15 years. By Ben Pierce. Bozeman Chronicle OutThere Editor

  • How many times did we say Idaho Fish and Game’s 500 wolves plan was meaningless in the face of the legislature? House Concurrent Resolution 43, now before the Idaho Legislature says that “existing conditions relating to wolves define an emergency condition for all rural Idahoans and, in the face of this emergency, the Legislature encourages…

  • Winter recreation may be one of the impacts to the remaining bighorn. This population of bighorn sheep has dwindled to very low numbers. Inbreeding, habitat loss due to development, and domestic sheep disease have restricted these sheep to very high elevation and sites of low productivity so human entry into these areas during winter may…

  • Now it’s over and the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory has a summary- Summary of January – February 2010 Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm. USGS. This was the second biggest earthquake swarm recorded in the Park. Note that detailed records don’t go back all that far.

  • This story is one outcome of the leaked Feb. 10 memo- There was no indication Idaho Fish and Game was ever going to release their memo to the media, but thanks to JeffE, who sent it to me, it has moved out into the public beyond this forum. Story in today’s Times-News. F&G to get tough…


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.

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