From the monthly archives: July 2012

Two previous unknown packs have been discovered-

Instead of a growing population, the number of wild Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico has hung between about 40-60 animals for years now. On top of that the Arizona  government for three years now has refused to release any of captive Mexican wolves that have been held in […]

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The sighting of a man or woman who has fashioned a goat costume and taken to the mountain to be among the wild goats of northern Utah has prompted the awe and adoration of at least one wildlife activist known to readers of The Wildlife News.

‘Goat man’ seen among wild goats in northern […]

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Agreement ending 100 years of fighting over the uses of the Klamath River’s waters falls to a group of local malcontents-

After many years of fighting over salmon, dams, irrigation water, tribal treaty rights and ocean fishing matters came to an unpleasant head in 2001-2 when VP Dick Cheney sided with irrigators and let 70,000 […]

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Famous family of conservationists says change policy or give up the Olaus Murie Award-

Olaus Murie is often called the “father of modern elk management.” His seminal scientific study of elk and many other kinds of wildlife such as caribou, which he learned about for 6 years in the field with has brother Adolf, was coupled with […]

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People upset by the actions of the federal wildlife control agency, Wildlife Services in the Dept. of Agriculture, usually don’t get any media attention.  However, for over a year now the Sacramento Bee has had many stories about the Service, and they have done a lot of investigative reporting.

Davis, Caifornia just responded to complaints […]

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Reliable spring time snow appears to be vital for wolverine kits to survive-

Wolverines are legendary for traveling huge distances and eating just about anything.  However, a study in the recent Journal of Mammology shows that this is hardly true when it comes to baby wolverine and their mothers.

Wolverine females den in the snow […]

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First day of annual testing shows the dangerous disease in local mosquitoes-

Throughout most of the 20th Century in the United States getting bitten by mosquitoes was an irritation, sometimes a major one, but something without lasting effects. This was never true in many other countries where Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, malaria, and many more […]

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Debate over immigration and enforcement attracts major effort to savage environmental laws within 100 miles of the borders-


Americans are having a heated debate over illegal immigration, cross border drug smuggling and what to do about it.  This has attracted some very contentious legislation at the state and federal levels. The President, various state […]

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Understanding Montana’s Wolf Policy Decision

George Wuerthner

On July 12, 2012, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MDFWP) Commissioners voted 4-0 to increase wolf hunting in the state, expanding the hunting season and permitting the trapping of wolves for the first time as well. The goal is to reduce wolf numbers across the […]

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Blacktail Fire was only 5 acres when suppression was ordered-

Although Yellowstone has had several “spot” fires this year, lightning caused the first real (potentially) large fire today.  The order to suppress it came when the fire was only about 5 acres in size.  It is burning between the  the gravel Blacktail Plateau Drive and […]

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July 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