From the monthly archives: April 2012

George Ochenski tells how ranchers move the goal posts on Yellowstone bison issue-

Perhaps a hundred stories since we first wrote about the issues of the Yellowstone’s bison’s genetic purity, the seemingly pointless slaughter of Park bison that leave the Park, and many other issues, very slow progress has been made.

Bison perhaps can now […]

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Isaac Babcock, and his new wife Bjornen, made a decision to spend the first year of their married life on an unusual honeymoon. They decided to spend the year living and filming a documentary in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness which focuses mostly on wolves but also on the other amazing wildlife […]

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In December 2012, we added an update to the story below. The last story is July 4, 2012.

A Forest Service cabin near a wilderness hot spring is filled with frozen dead cattle and the Forest Service doesn’t know quite what to do. Worried that the cattle carcasses will pollute the hot springs the Forest […]

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Federal Judge Douses the Flames – For Now

Custer County Commissioners have been rattling their sabres over a central Idaho road closure enforced by the Bureau of Land Management.  The closure occurred 12 years ago after a landslide and prevents off-road-vehicles (ORVs) from access to the Jerry Peak Wilderness Study Area.

Despite being given the […]

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Being in style for the outdoors without ever going there-

Roger Phillips has a commentary in the Idaho Statesman how pop culture affects outdoors activity styles and the activities themselves.  He is hardly the first to notice this, but it has not come up on […]

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Here is our new open thread on wildlife news topics. You can access the previous open thread here. Please post those comments and stories about wildlife you find interesting.

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ID F & G does report on Bransford-

Rocky Barker has done a story on their report.  Among other things they found he did nothing at all illegal but showed bad judgment posing for and posting a photo like that.

I thought it […]

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Even after 18 years, the Nevada BLM won’t round up trespassing cattle citing “safety concerns”.   I’ve seen the lack of enforcement of rangeland standards on many occasions but when faced with even the most egregious lawlessness, the BLM does nothing.  The lawlessness of public lands ranching is displayed in its full grandeur and leaves […]

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Oh, the many effects of extracting the world’s dirtiest oil!

Despite the huge PR offensive by big oil, Alberta, and Canada’s right wing government, it is hard to overwhelm the public into thinking digging big holes to get out the bitumen is a great idea. Scientists, bloggers, conservation groups, and even segments of the Democratic […]

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Withdrawal of a cattle association from a wolf restoration program hardly a sign of failure-

If we look at the history of land use in the Western United States, we find many different political interests. Some are ideological, some economic, some are both. Historically the various statewide cattle associations and stockgrower associations  have been the […]

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April 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