From the monthly archives: October 2011

9th Circuit Filings – Constitutional Challenge to Wolf Delisting Rider

^Update 10/18/11 – Posted: Alliance for the Wild Rockies et al’s Emergency Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal, Motion for Summary Judgement Response Briefs (Appellees US Fish and Wildlife Service; Intervenors RMEF, NRA, & Montana/Idaho Farm Bureaus; Montana Amicus Brief)

**Update 8/24/11 – Posted:  Alliance for […]

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Another story about the reoccupation of the Montana plains by grizzly bears-

Roaming grizzlies discovering Montana’s plains offer abundant food. AP

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Beavers play an important role in North America and its ecology. Beaver dams provide enormous benefits for all kinds of wildlife. In the West, they are very beneficial to trout by providing slower water refuges where the fish can grow to larger sizes, thus producing more eggs and offspring. The riparian vegetation that grows […]

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Some wolves hunted and lived after severe injuries-

Sue Ware, a paleopathologist, has examined the skeletons of about 160 Park wolves, and found numerous injuries and reinjuries, but she says Park are wolves healthier on the whole than others she has studied.

 Yellowstone wolf […]

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Record mortality in 2010 took its toll-

Population goes from 602 to 593. Fifty-five grizzly died or were killed by people in 2010, a record. That pace is off slightly in 2011 (35 so far).  A large number of grizzly food sources have disappeared in recent years, most notably whitebark pine seeds and cutthroat trout. […]

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The Report shows depredations down and even with wolf hunt mortality less than 2010-

Of course the mortality figures will build to greater than 2010.

September Wolf Report

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It should be obvious that while wolves will be absolutely protected in GTNP, the Park is so small it is almost meaningless-

All of Grand Teton’s wolf packs spend some, usually most of their time outside the Park, so Grand Teton’s concerns are much more likely to be valid than DOI’s, which is treating wolves […]

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Finally a sensible court decision on personal responsibility and native wildlife-

Most folks remember Utah only fatal bear attack back in 2007. It was in the Wasatch Mountains east of Provo. The family has sued both the federal courts and the state. The federal judge ruled the Forest Service was 65% responsible for the attack, […]

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From 770 to 158 complaints in one year-

This shows the role that natural food availability plays in making bears into “bad” bears. As the story below indicates the changes was food availability.

It is a short shory, but very much worth reporting because bears causing damage is an easier story to write and seems […]

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A tiny nematode spread by biting flies piles on top of habitat decline and predation-

Most know that the moose of NW Wyoming are in serious decline. This has not been the first time because early explorers and settlers reported almost no moose. Nevertheless, in the early 1900s the moose population became established and grew […]

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October 2011


‎"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