From the monthly archives: March 2012

Effort underway in Congress to repeal the Montana Wilderness Study Act of 1977-

Back in 1977 when Montana had a much greener congressional delegation, Montana senator Lee Metcalf got a bill passed and signed into law giving semi-Wilderness protection to about 700-thousand acres of scenic and wildlife rich Montana mountains.  The roadless areas protected until Congress […]

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With two weeks left of wolf hunting and trapping left in Idaho, with the exception of the Lolo and Selway zones, the number of Idaho wolves is down significantly from the 746 number published in the Annual Wolf Report.  At the present time the population is at about 574, if the estimate in the annual […]

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the many wolf advocacy groups who held that Congressman Mike Simpson’s and Senator Jon Tester’s budget rider, which delisted wolves in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Oregon, Washington, and Utah, was unconstitutional.  The panel of judges upheld Judge Donald Mollloy’s ruling that the rider was constitutional.


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Wolves to the Slaughter

On March 14, 2012 By

Christopher Ketcham has been writing about many of the issues we write about here and has just published a very long and clear-eyed article about the ongoing wolf issue in The American Prospect. Ketcham interviews many people here in Idaho including our own Brian Ertz and his sister Natalie, he also got some great quotes […]

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Red meat mortality study causes stir-

Today many people are emailing and posting to Facebook the just released study telling that “Red Meat Consumption is Linked to Increased Risk of Total, Cardiovascular, and Cancer Mortality.” The entire study […]

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Collaboration, Idaho Style

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Extractive Industry Determines the Fate of Sage Grouse in Idaho.

On Monday, March 12, 2011, the Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s Sage Grouse Task Force had its first formal meeting. Originally the meeting was to be organized by the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC) but something happened and rather than have OSC organize the […]

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Findings contradict local views on the dire effect of wolves on elk calves-

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and University of Montana have a 3-year study going to find out about elk and predator relations in the southern part (the “upper part”)  of the Bitterroot Valley, Montana.  By the time of the recently ended  […]

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Tracks and remains of prey found-

The search for the four wolf-like animals spotted from the air in northeastern Utah has not found the animals, but it has found five pair of tracks.  In addition remains of several wild animals possibly fed on and maybe killed by the canids, have been found. These dead wildlife […]

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Collaboration is all the rage. How it has worked in Montana-

Past stories here at The Wildlife News have not been very friendly to the process called “collaboration”  although we have not written about it for a while.  That does not mean it has disappeared nor become friendly to conservation of our forests, grasslands, sage […]

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State parks have huge economic value but the states are closing them, cutting them, raising fees-

Republican legislators and governors in the interior Western United States are saying we will manage the public lands, the national forest and parks, much better than far off Washington D. C.. Indeed  the Framers of the Constitution argued the […]

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March 2012


‎"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