From the monthly archives: July 2012

Madison and most of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers to close-

The Gibbon River is above 73 degrees F. and the Firehole is 78 degrees. This is too high for trout to survive for long especially with people wading and fishing. As a result the streams close to fishing tomorrow (except for some well upstream […]

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Is this likely response to global warming beneficial or detrimental?

In 2006, Jim Martell from Idaho, was hunting in the high arctic and shot the first confirmed grizzly bear – polar bear hybrid. There had been unconfirmed reports of rare hybrids in the past, but this was the first confirmed instance.  That the two species of […]

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Increase since March probably due to unusual and destructive weather-

After a period of general decline in belief among the general public that climate change is taking place, polls show a recent surge in believers. Very hot weather in the Eastern U.S. in March, the record breaking drought, and the sudden appearence of more than […]

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Unfortunately, the last story on the killing of a bison bull in Idaho got diverted by an incorrect, unfortunate discussion of the Nature Conservancy who was blameless in the matter.

Today, however, the Island Park News reports a second bull bison was shot Idaho by agents in the Island Park area. It was wandering near […]

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Idaho Water Board probably ends 10 year battle over Oneida Narrows dam-

Oneida Narrows is a scenic canyon on the Bear River in SE Idaho.  It is already partially filled with a dam and reservoir, but its lower reaches are free, popular for recreation, and has a population of rare Bonneville Cutthroat Trout.

Over its […]

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The Wildlife News got it wrong and wishes to issue a retraction of the story published yesterday about the incident where a bison was killed by the State of Idaho yesterday.  We regret the error and have agreed to publish this statement by The Nature Conservancy.  Folks should not forget that had the […]

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Presence of wolves helps survival of pronghorn fawn, normally a major prey item for coyotes-

Wolves have a complicated relationship to their prey and to competing carnivores and omnivores such as bears. Simple statements such as every animal a wolf kills is one less for a hunter are fantasy.  In reality wolves can directly or […]

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David Stalling worked for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for a number of years. For 10 years he was conservation editor of Bugle, their magazine. He was also President for two terms of the Montana Wildlife Federation and presently is a grassroots organizer for Trout Unlimited.

In view of the current controversy over the family of […]

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Continuing enlightenment from state in this long controversy-
Final outcome will depend on 2012 election-

The state of Montana continues to lessen restrictions on the movements of Yellowstone Park bison that try to live outside the Park. Now they will be allowed to live there year-round in two areas, the Gardiner Basin just north […]

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Mike Noel, federal government hater and anti-environmentalist, uses his political position to bring federal water project money to moisten a dry subdivision above Zion National Park-

Utah state legislator, Mike Noel (R) is notable for his hatred of federal spending and environmental protection efforts, but he has used his […]

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‎"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