From the monthly archives: December 2012

The idea that wolves and other large carnivores cause a “trophic cascade” through their impact on elk has been challenged by a number of recent publications. Last week another study was released that puts a dent in the notion– it suggests human activities, not large predators, are primarily responsible for elk vigilance in human-dominated landscapes.


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Here is the new (starting on Dec. 4, 2012) open comments thread on wildlife news topics that you think are interesting. You can access the previous “Interesting Wildlife News” here.

Please post your new stories and make comments about wildlife topics in the comments section below.


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A petition started on the website yesterday is urging President Obama to appoint Congressman Raul Grijalva as the next Secretary of Interior.  As of this writing there are 704 signatures on the petition but the petition needs to receive 25,000 signatures by December 31st, 2012 before it will merit an official response by the […]

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Latest Posted Idaho Wolf Hunt Kill total: 111
Latest Posted Idaho Wolf Trapping Kill total: 1
Latest Posted Montana Wolf Hunt Kill Total: 84
Wyoming Wolf Kill Total: 56

19 from the “predator zone” (there were only an estimated 20-30 at the start of […]

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December 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