From the monthly archives: July 2012

Wildlife Services has high average non-lethal record for all animals, but not for large carnivores-

Lately there has been a lot of media critical of USDA-Wildlife Services; often called by its critics something like “the federal government’s wildlife killers.”  In an effort to mount a defense the Service has pointed out that 80% of its […]

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Do grizzly bears threaten chickens or do chicken owners threaten grizzly bears?

Earlier today we wrote an article about people putting up a lot of new chicken coops in well known NW Montana grizzly bear country.  The result of this is dead grizzly bears when bear “mangers” have the bears put down for eating a […]

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Remarkably low value activity results in grizzly bear deaths-

Wherever grizzly bears roam outside a much too small, couple of American national parks, they are often threatened by cattle and sheep, which many grizzlies figure out are made of meat.  Heroic efforts have been made over the years to keep grizzlies from discovering this source […]

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Earlier this year two dams on the Elwha River in Washington state that had blocked migration of salmon and steelhead for over a hundred years were finally removed.  Within just months salmon and steelhead trout swam past the dam sites and spawned.  Such a quick response is what everyone had hoped for, although some believed they […]

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When I was younger I commonly saw porcupines in Idaho. I saw them on trees, I saw them on trails, I saw them on roads, they were common. But, I haven’t seen one since the mid nineties. Where did they go?

They seem to have disappeared and nobody is really noticing. Are they declining due […]

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Famous scientist tells USDA Wildlife Services their age old coyote killing program actually increases number of coyotes and depredations-

USDA Wildlife Services and its prior incarnations such as Animal Damage Control and Predator and Rodent Control has been indiscriminately killing coyotes for as long as the agency existed. This practice has often irritated a diffuse […]

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Lack of precipitation and heat reflected in The Drought Monitor-

Twelve years ago the National Drought Mitigation Center created the Drought Monitor.  Drought Monitor blends various indicators of drought to create a U.S. map showing if any of the country is experiencing drought. It also shows how severe the drought conditions […]

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Will wolves thrive in Blue states and disappear in the Red?

Wolves have migrated to Washington State from Idaho and directly from British Columbia.  This is perhaps in part due to the pogrom against them in the adjacent deep red state of Idaho where once there were more than 800 wolves. Now these new Washington […]

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State to always have at least one area open to wolf hunting-

New rules! Idaho has decided in effect to always have at least one place in the state open to wolf hunting on a rotating basis.  This is in addition to the general wolf hunt that goes for about half a year. Wolf hunting […]

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Montana becomes the state with biggest and largest number of wildlfires-
The Fontenelle Fire smokes up Western Wyoming recreation country-
Utah suffers from an amazing number of fires started by target shooting-

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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