From the monthly archives: January 2013

Hailey, ID.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing rule and critical habitat designation for the Gunnison sage-grouse that will designate the species as Endangered and provide 1.7 million acres of critical habitat in Colorado and Utah.

Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) has a more restricted range than the closely-related […]

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Due to petitions of a number of environmental groups, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) appears likely to list the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Once found across much of the West and northern-tier states from Minnesota to Maine, wolverine are now limited to a few isolated populations in the western United […]

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Could no hunting zone of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) could prove haven for Idaho’s persecuted wolves?

The vast (900 sq mil), sprawling INL has many nuclear reactors, but there is also a lot of open space where hunting and livestock grazing are not allowed. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that some of Idaho’s […]

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Move makes Montana’s wolverine season doubly dead-

In a surprise move last Monday (Jan. 7),  the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that on Jan. 18 it would issue a proposed rule protecting wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. This probably means it will be proposed as a threatened species instead of its current […]

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Today Montana Judge E. Wayne Phillips shot down a lawsuit brought by powerful livestock interests to stop the State of Montana from allowing bison to use areas of Montana outside of Yellowstone National Park.

In the spring of 2011, after many years of unsuccessfully trying to keep bison from leaving the northern boundary of Yellowstone […]

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In an essay titled “Dark Ecology” that appears in the latest issue of Orion Magazine, writer Paul Kingsnorth delves into his own thoughts about our increasingly technological society and how we are finding ourselves and the natural environment set on a downward trajectory. In the essay he explains how humans have consistently caught themselves in […]

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(update) Judge says emergency closure by Montana wildlife commissioners with no public hearing might offend Montana’s  Constitution and might deprive the public of the legal right to harvest wolves-

In a shock to wolf conservationists and to people who think Yellowstone Park is a special place, an American icon, local Montana Nels Swandal  reopened hunting and […]

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Here we begin 2013 with a new edition of wildlife news discovered by readers. Please post your wildlife news stories and your comments in the open thread below. You can access the previous December 19, 2012 “Interesting Wildlife News” here.  

 

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In their December 29th editorial in the Billings Gazette, Scott Talbott of the Wyoming Game and Fish and Harv Forsgren of the U.S. Forest Service wrote that hunting was another step towards grizzly bear recovery.

To read their editorial, go to this link: Guest opinion: Hunting another step toward grizzly bear recovery.

Specifically, the […]

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This past October, I helped organize a symposium entitled “Carnivore conservation in human-dominated systems: Ecological, ethical and social dimensions” at the EcoSummit conference here in Columbus, Ohio.  The purpose of the symposium was to bring together international scholars from several disciplines to examine the ecological, ethical and social dimensions of carnivore conservation in […]

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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