From the monthly archives: November 2011

Note: A number of updates have been added to this story as other news media picked this up.  Lots of egg on the BLMs face!  RM
For these scroll to the bottom.

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Nov. 30, 2011. This morning Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a scientific […]

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U.S./B.C. herd of 50 to finally get critical habitat-

Woodland caribou, far more rare than the well known barren ground caribou, have kept a tiny toehold in the United States in the Panhandle of Idaho. Even that sometimes slips and the herd spends its time just to the north in British Columbia. About 600 square […]

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Over my years of traipsing around public lands in the West I have come across hundreds of uncapped 3-foot tall PVC pipes sticking out of the ground. For a long time I didn’t know the purpose of the pipes but later came to understand that they were used as markers for mining claims. I’ve peered […]

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How many “predator killed” cattle were actually stolen?

We all know the story — the “horrible wolves killed the cattle. They were so hungry that not even a piece of bone was left as evidence.”  The same has been said of cougar and bear.

In the many years I have roamed the range, I often […]

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to extend wolf hunt another month, to end of January 2012-

Montana FWP choose a quota of 220 dead wolves statewide (with the various wolf hunting units having quotas too) for the state’s second wolf hunt, which begin Sept. 9, 2011. So far 98 dead wolves have been officially […]

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Pattern Energy Group will not build 2000 acre wind farm near Sacramento-

Plans for a 2000 acre (3 1/2 square mile) wind farm NW of Sacramento have been scrapped because of its probable bad effects on the local bird population.  The wind farm, which would capture enough energy for 100 megawatts of electricity had […]

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns the delisting of Grizzly Bears

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld in part, and overturned in part, a Montana federal district court’s decision maintaining Endangered Species Act protections for Grizzly Bears.

Court says Yellowstone grizzlies still threatened – AP

The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

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In Idaho Wildlife Services has historically received most of its funding from the federal government but this year those funds were cut by $247,000. To make up for the shortfall guess where the Idaho livestock industry is going to go. Yup, you guessed it. They are going to the Idaho Legislature with their hands out. […]

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Some good news for the day. An apparently healthy male jaguar has been documented in southern Arizona. This is good news after the Macho B incident where another male jaguar, the only one known to live in the entire US, was trapped and later died due to trapping stress.  We wrote about that incident […]

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Larry Zuckerman and I recently wrote about a visit to the US Experiment Sheep Station (USSES) operated by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in eastern Idaho near Dubois and talked about some of the conflicts which are occurring because of the presence domestic sheep in this area which is critical for many sensitive […]

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November 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