From the monthly archives: December 2011

Not just these animals and birds are being hurt, but we are too-

For those who pay attention, there are many stories about increasing blockage of long seasonal migrations by wildlife.  These changes are accompanied by the spread of disease, and the growth of “pest” species which are normally eaten or disrupted by these […]

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Oregon governor is told county failed to include at least two pro-wolf voices as required by state law-

This year the Oregon legislature passed a law authorizing each county to set up a committee to handle livestock interest claims for wolf damage. The claims will be paid by Oregon taxpayers. The idea behind the law […]

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We hear this from wolf supporters all the time. The Oregonian checks to see if it is true-

We also hear from many of those who didn’t want wolves reintroduced that an attack and human death, probably of a child, is imminent. There are also sometimes hints in stories and rhetoric that sound as though […]

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After 22 years as the chief biologist at the National Elk Refuge, Bruce Smith pens an easy-to-read, but stark warning about continuing elk feeding-

Prions are bit like tiny pieces of radioactive material in that they are very dangerous promoters of illness and for practical purposes never really go away, resting in the dust and […]

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Wolf delisting rider and most of the highly unpopular giveaways to polluters and abusers of our public lands are defeated-

The conference report on the 2012 appropriations bill for most non-defense expenditures has been finalized.  Instead of merely appropriating more or less money for agencies many ideologically loaded amendments or riders were added, mostly by […]

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League of Conservation Voters lists the top ten-

The League of Conservation Voters has been ranking members of Congress on their conservation records for many years now. They have just released their ten worst — ” powerful and outspoken opponents of clean air, clean water, conservation and climate action.”

Mike Simpson of Eastern Idaho (who […]

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Tonight Rocky Barker published an official response from Wildlife Services on his blog.  Surprisingly, Wildlife Services actually explains what the stickers represented but they go on to give the standard non-apology, apology which apologizes to people who might have been offended.

It amazes me that, with the microscope that we and others have put […]

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The Los Angeles Times has picked up the story on the “Killer Bee” Wildlife Services plane. Well, finally the general public can see some sense of what they’d like to keep hidden out in Idaho.

Federal use of aerial sharpshooters to kill wolves draws fire,  By […]

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On December 1st, at a presentation given by Bob Budd about the Wyoming Core Habitat Plan for sage grouse, it was pretty obvious that the livestock industry has things pretty much locked up with the agencies and politicians. The presentation was given in one of the big, new hearing rooms in the basement of the […]

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say rules on PTHV permits must be tightened up-

I’ve seen it most of my adult life — perfectly healthy folks competing with one another to claim a handicap so they won’t have to walk. Whether it is access to a good parking place, or using a vehicle on […]

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December 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