From the monthly archives: September 2013

Parks, wildlife refuges, national forests closed due to failure to pass a budget-
(This story has the shutdown rules for 4 land management agencies)

There was no last minute deal for a temporary budget extension passed at midnight. The federal government will now partially shut down. “Essential services” will continue without a budget. However, […]

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Study results are relevant to decision whether to put wolves under the state’s ESA-

San Francisco. There are those who say the gray wolf had just a marginal presence in California before it was killed off in the 1920s. However, the Sonoma State University Anthropological Studies Center has now shown there was a widespread presence of […]

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Should there be genetic rescue (outside wolves brought in)-

For many years the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior have shown that wolves do not wipe out their prey. When wolves become abundant enough that the disappearance of prey seems probable, the wolves die back.

On the other hand, when […]

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Former Yellowstone superintendent Michael Finley doubts grizzly delisting due to lack of habitat-

West Yellowstone, MT.  Last weekend the Greater Yellowstone Coalition celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding back in 1983. Along with honoring the founders, especially activist Rick Reese, and former Board members, the Coalition (GYC) had a prime […]

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Island Park, Idaho. A female grizzly bear with two yearling cubs was hot near Island Park, Idaho on September 12. Island Park is a relatively low elevation and primarily flat area (an ancient caldera bottom) just west and southwest of Yellowstone Park.

This year there had been two grizzly bear-human injuries in the Island Park […]

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Bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada have been dying of pneumonia for some months now but, as with many of these outbreaks, the original source of infection hasn’t been conclusively identified. Some reports noted that an angora goat had been shot by a hunter and that it may have […]

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For Immediate Release, September 23, 2013

Contact:​Tierra Curry, Center for Biological Diversity, (928) 522-3681
​​Kylie Paul, Defenders of Wildlife, (406) 370-6979
​​Gary Macfarlane, Friends of the Clearwater, (208) 882-9755
​​Travis Bruner, Western Watersheds Project (208) 788-2290
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Northern Rockies Fisher

Rare Forest Carnivore Threatened […]

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Closure order published Sept. 18 for section through the Lochsa-Clearwater Wild and Scenic River corridor-

There was a similar headline about a month ago. Then Omega-Morgan transport, aided by a permit from Idaho Department of Transportation and law enforcement, bullied their way through the corridor. The Forest Service backed down in the face of this […]

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Poor whitebark pine crop but a good berry crop brings bears lower and closer to people-

This year as the Yellowstone country grizzly bears enter their time of peak appetite to prepare for hibernation they have a good berry crop to […]

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It’s called “hyperphagia”

Grizzly bears get a serious case of the “munchies” this time of the year. “Ravenous” is more the word. It is overwhelming and not a matter of personal character, but genetic programming to prepare for the winter hibernation.

News media articles, agency warmings, and word of mouth tells people that the bears […]

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September 2013


‎"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