PBS Newshour: Cowboys vs. Gray Wolves: Predator Once Again Prey

Anti-wolf extremists seek to threaten reporting on wolves-

It seems like a fair piece to me, although the report consistently overestimates the number of wolves. There are no longer 1700 wolves in the Northern Rockies. There never were 1000 in Idaho though this is what the report says. Cowboys v. Gray Wolves.

The usual suspects are trying to threaten them, nevertheless. Here is an alert and complaint sent out by “dispatcher” who regularly sends out this kind of material to all interested.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: <Dispatcher>
Date: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM
Subject: Fw: PBS piece on wolves
To: Jim and Barbara Hagedorn <jhag1@frontier.com>

I would encourage everyone to go watch the piece that PBS did on Wolves vs Cowboys on PBS’s 6 p.m. Newshour report last night.

Video of the piece, and a transcript, can be found at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/july-dec11/wolves_09-19.html#disqus_thread

PBS runs on donations.  Let them know you won’t be contributing because of their biased reporting.  Also, I would encourage comments left concerning the truth of  these wolves.  They may not print your comment, but if they don’t, their bias becomes all that more apparent.

We have got to start holding these people accountable for the clap-trap they publish regarding wolves.


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  1. Paul Avatar

    Dr. Maughan, thank you for sharing this. I will be sending a donation to my local PBS station ASAP because of this. That was far and away one of the most unbiased piece about the NRM wolves that I have seen. They told the ranchers side, spoke with ranchers working to non-lethally solve the problem, and they showed the benefits of having wolves for eco-tourism, and the environment. I guess the antis are upset because they did not portray wolves as bloodthirsty killers stalking children, spreading parasites, and eating their cattle and children like they were on a buffet line. It is astounding how “the truth” for some is actually an absurdity for others.

    I posted this comment yesterday, but did anyone notice the irony of the anti-wolf rancher walking down that road with his dog? Also check out the comments section. The usual suspects make an appearance.

  2. jon Avatar

    Wolf haters, don’t contribute to pbs then.

  3. CodyCoyote Avatar

    I thought Miles O’Brien’s piece was fairly straight down the middle actually. I didn’t detect much bias against wolves. YMMV

    Having said that , I don’t think the Wolf Haters contribute very much if anything to any state or national public broadcast coffers. Or if they do, the don’t fess to it. They are more the right wing AM talk radio crowd, and likewise all those low power FM religious station supporters if anything. At least in my neck of the woods and radio-television spectrum here in Wyoming.

  4. Wolfy Avatar

    Next we’ll see a congressional act to defund PBS… Oh, wait, that already happened!

  5. SAP Avatar

    Good segment! Where’s the bias? Is it because they failed to mention tapeworms? Or that they didn’t interview angry (overweight) hunters who “didn’t get their elk”?


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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