June 2015

  • Five to one in favor comments were not well publicized- This month the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a detailed report on the recent comments the public made on the proposal to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington State. The report goes on at great length, but…

  • Evidence is the onslaught of these ecologically useless fish is ending- We haven’t discussed the status of the illegally introduced lake trout in Yellowstone Lake for two years now, but the continuing evidence for their decline is good. The dawn to dusk, 6-days-a-week effort, gillnetting with five boats is catching fewer lake trout each year.…

  • Scenic source of Big Lost River has been abused by cattle too long- Western Watersheds Project goes to court to protect fish in Copper Basin Boise, ID – In order to defend fisheries on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Forest Service for its authorization of harmful…

  • The following is commentary from Phil Cafaro, professor at Colorado State University that are germane to all of us who value wildlands, wildlife and a functioning environment. Below are portions of the Pope Francis speech and Phil’s commentary in italics. Dear Colleagues, There is a lot to chew on in the Pope’s encyclical letter, released…

  • This is ironic. Hunters and livestock owners complain that wolves are decimating elk herds and livestock. Yet the state finds it has too many elk. Of course, some of those abundant elk are in the eastern part of the state where there are few wolves, but much of the western part of the state is…

  • America’s most fundamental wildlife treaty strangled of funding in House with a voice vote! South Carolina’s Republican congressman Jeff Duncan decided to do a little something special for his favorite constituents. That is not the people in his district. It is the oil companies. As part of his “True ‘All of the Above Approach to…

  • Politicians complain of cost then support the wrong solution — more logging The timber industry, politicians and others bemoan the growing cost of firefighting in the West. The proposed solution is more logging of forests in the belief that thinning will reduce the occurrence of large fires and protect communities. However, there are a host…

  • Scoflaw ranchers turn out livestock on parched public lands- Battle Mountain, Nevada –  Following in Cliven Bundy’s lead, ranchers in Battle Mountain, Nevada have defied drought closure orders and yesterday turned livestock onto the North Buffalo allotment managed by the Battle Mountain District of the Bureau of Land Management. Despite ongoing good faith negotiations by the agency and…


Author

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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