From the monthly archives: October 2011

The much touted vaccine that the woolgrowers have been promoting as a way to make bighorn and domestic sheep compatible is not even close to ready. While bighorn sheep are dying in Montana and Nevada, and while the herds in Hell’s Canyon and the Salmon River Canyon are suffering the long lasting effects of previous […]

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Beyond 4 wolves in a chase, success falls because of “free riders-“

The idea that big wolf packs menace elk more than small ones when it comes to killing them just isn’t so according to a new study of Yellowstone wolves.  Researchers found that hunting success falls beyond 4 wolves not because wolves get in […]

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Last night Idaho Public Television’s “Dialogue” program had a round table discussion about the bighorn sheep issue and Congressman Mike Simpson’s disease rider that is attached to the Fiscal Year 2012 – House Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill.  On the panel, moderated by Marcia Franklin, was Margaret Soulen Hinson, president, American Sheep Industry Association; Neil Thagard, former […]

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Should public land and wildlife advocates stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street movement ?

The Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) movement is growing across the country and world despite the Mainstream Media’s best executed attempts to ignore, minimize, and obscure its common voice.  Similarly, messaging from the powers-that-be continues to suggest that the demonstrators aren’t […]

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Autumn 2011-

Golden aspens and cottonwoods, plus a dusting of early snow, set the lovely autumn scene in Yellowstone, giving a hint of winter to come. As the grizzlies head up to the high country to fatten up on white bark pine nuts before hibernation, bugling elk stream back into the valleys, coming down from […]

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Yesterday it was reported by Rocky Barker that Idaho Representative Mike Simpson believes that the bighorn and grazing riders are likely to make it into law. The riders, attached to the Fiscal Year 2012 – House Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill, would essentially do two things.

First, the Bighorn Rider would shut down any process that the […]

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An Imnaha Pack disperser moved through the forested area of Harney County, going in a straight line-

As I suggested the demise or near demise of the Imnaha Pack is not necessarily a really bad thing for the reoccupation of Oregon by wolves. A number of them have dispersed; more keep getting discovered. The dispersing […]

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Mexico has released five Mexican gray wolves into a mountain range just south of the Arizona and New Mexico border. If the wolves happen to enter the U.S. then they will be fully protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Wolves released in Mexico mountains near Arizona.
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If climate change will make an area now covered with evergreens ideal as an oak savanna ecosystem in the near future, should we start building the savannas now?

Discounting the well funded right wing climate change skeptics, most folks realize that what is now evergreen forest will turn into deciduous forest as things warm. This […]

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Last year, due to the constant disruption of the Japanese whaling fleet by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the massive earthquake, and the resulting tsunami, it looked like the whalers had given up. Unfortunately they plan on returning to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales again this year and Paul Watson of the […]

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‎"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