From the monthly archives: May 2013

Limit on rainbow and brook trout abolished (with exceptions)-

With the exception of some popular roadside rivers such as the Madison, Firehole, and lower Gibbon River, limits on the number of non-native trout are abolished in new Yellowstone Park fishing regulations. In addition, any lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake are required to be killed.

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Rural Economic Vitalization Act reintroduced-

The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA) would allow private parties to pay willing ranchers to relinquish their grazing permits on public lands, and then the grazing allotment would then be permanently closed to livestock grazing.  U.S. Representative Adam Smith of Washington State has just reintroduced this legislation.

Conservationists and economists […]

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Alvord cutthroat trout were a subspecies of cutthroat trout native to the Alvord Basin of southeast Oregon that many believe went extinct in their pure form shortly after they were described. At the time they were discovered in the 1930’s, they were already on their way out due to hybridization with introduced rainbow trout. In […]

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My Yellowstone Experience

On May 26, 2013 By

Readers of The Wildlife News might be interested in my new book, My Yellowstone Experience. Yellowstone is near and dear to many of our hearts here at The Wildlife News, as evidenced by the disproportionate amount of topics (and opinions) related to Yellowstone, compared to elsewhere, that are discussed on this website.

My Yellowstone Experience, […]

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Western Watersheds Project and Wild Utah Project had a significant win this week on the Duck Creek allotment of Utah.  In the longest running administrative grazing appeal hearing in the history of the Department of the Interior, including 12 weeks of hearings and a record of 15,000 pages, WWP demonstrated that […]

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More dollars to deal with these destructive invasives might get into federal budget-

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) gives the good news that federal appropriations might go up this year for feral hog control despite sequesters, debt limit confrontations, austerity programs, etc.

USDA-Wildlife Services, an agency which most conservationists have a low opinion, would […]

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received two letters today from conservation scientists criticizing a draft Rule that would remove protections for wolves across the lower 48 states. One letter came from the American Society of Mammalogists, the other from 16 conservation scientists.  Signatories include several scientists who conducted the research the government relied upon […]

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USFWS called “wrong” to say no grizzlies had been killed on Sheep Experiment Station on Idaho/Montana border, Continental Divide Area

Boise, ID.  On May 17, 2013 the Western Watersheds Project, Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, Native Ecosystems Council and Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation filed a suit in federal district court to challenge domestic sheep grazing that has been […]

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Montana is said to be investigating-

Gardiner, MT. Given the frequent stories of wildlife killing and hate that emanate from the Gardiner, Montana area, the latest find of 2 to 4 bison carcasses north of Yellowstone Park is raising worry about more illegal and legal wildlife killing in the area and/or the spread of domestic or wildlife […]

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It is time for a new “wildlife news” thread.

Please put  your news, links and comments below in comments.  Here is the link to the thread being retired (May 1, 2013).

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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