Western Washington's bighorns slammed by disease
Another 2010-was-a-deadly-year-for-bighorn story-
The culprit is almost entirely pneumonia, and almost all of it, maybe all of it, comes from domestic sheep and goats. The Western Watersheds Project, and closely related groups like Advocates for the West, are just about the only organizations that are willing to step forward, tell the truth, and go after […]Continue Reading →
Wyoming to spend $9.7M to protect pronghorn
Finally, it looks like a real effort to keep antelope bottlenecks west of Pinedale from closing-
Over the years, we have written about the Trapper’s Point pronghorn migration bottleneck a number of times. There has been growing awareness that the thousands-of-year-old antelope migration from the Wyoming high desert over the Gros Ventre each year, down […]Continue Reading →
Hearing officer says "yes" to first 4 oil megaloads
The next 200 or so loads are still on the table-
Boise attorney Merlyn Clark, hearing officer on the oil megaloads that will use U.S. Highway 12 across north central Idaho into Montana has ruled that the first 4 megaloads could be transported safely with “minimum inconvenience” up narrow U.S. Highway 12 to the Montana […]Continue Reading →
Greater Yellowstone Coalition proposes protections for Absaroka-Beartooth Front
Plan might copy relatively successful effort to conserve Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front-
Given the very scenic nature of much of the A-B Front, in a way it is surprising this proposal didn’t emerge earlier. Personally, I think it is a great idea.Continue Reading →
What does a blizzard on the U.S. East Coast mean for global warming?
Stronger winter storms are the indirect result of global warming-
There are a lot of people who tend to think snowy weather means there is no global warming (they tend to watch Fox News). Actually, the opposite is true, at least under the current level of warming.
What does a blizzard on the […]Continue Reading →
Elk herd prospers on Hanford, WA nuclear reservation
Dry country elk herd’s major difficulty said to be agricultural damage-
I didn’t know anything about the elk in this part of Washington state. I’m glad learn that a herd of 600-700 was established 30 years ago and does well.
Elk continue to thrive in Mid-Columbia desert. […]Continue Reading →
Anatomy of a medusahead invasion
An annual grass worse than cheatgrass
Medusahead grass has the ability to take over a landscape like cheatgrass but nothing will eat it after it dies and dries out in the early summer months. It is becoming a huge problem in some areas and I’ve seen allotments with vast expanses where it is about the […]Continue Reading →
Oil company megaloads to stay at port in Lewiston for Christmas
Idaho activists successfully delay megaloads into 2011-
Hearing officer does not issue a decision on the international oil company megaloads sitting at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho. Decision will be coming out at an undefined future date.
No ruling before Christmas on megaloads. Lewiston (ID) Tribune on-lineContinue Reading →
Carter Niemeyer strongly questions Wildlife Services report.
Calls recent Montana report “misleading”.
Carter Niemeyer’s recent book “Wolfer” described, in great detail, the inner workings of Wildlife Services for whom he worked as their Montana western supervisor from 1975-1990 and as their Montana wolf specialist for the following 10 years until he took a post in Idaho as the U.S. Fish and […]Continue Reading →
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy to take "Senior status"
Senior status Reduces Judge Molloy’s caseload
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Montana has announced that he will take “Senior status”.
District Judge Molloy to step aside – Wyoming Tribune
“Senior status” means retirement from active service. Senior judges continue to hear cases, usually with a reduced case load. The announcement, however, said Molloy […]Continue Reading →
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