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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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  1. APHIS USDA CFIA CWD TSE Prion Herd Certifications Update

    FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

    Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary Submission March 30, 2018

    Terry S. Singeltary Sr., Bacliff, Texas USA 77518 Attachments (1) Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011 Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Singeltary View Attachment:View as format pdf

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 04, 2018

    Canada Chronic Wasting Disease Voluntary Herd Certification Program Updated

    THURSDAY, APRIL 05, 2018

    Boone and Crocket Club B&C News Release CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TSE Prion

    kind regards, terry

  2. avatar Nancy says:

    “The cats remain highly endangered in eastern Russia but the latest population estimates for the species are encouraging.

    Twenty years ago there were a mere 30 Amur leopards living in the wild, and scientists feared they were on the brink of extinction.

    But now there are celebrations in the Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve, as results of the 2017 monitoring showed a significant growth in number of predators.

    It is now believed there are 84 adult Amur leopards in the wild.

    In addition, there are seven adolescent big cats and 12 cubs”

    I find it more than sad that celebrating these numbers only gives rise to those who are ever hopeful in the future, to HUNT their numbers, BECAUSE of those increase in numbers.

    Wolves, grizzlies come to mind here in the US (in what’s left of wilderness areas) Wolves have been targets since delisting, grizzlies are soon to be targets because some humans just aren’t capable of understanding how complex life is beyond our own selfish lifestyles, interests, and forgive me for repeating this “in what’s left of wilderness areas”

  3. avatar Kathleen says:

    Nonhuman animals can’t get a break from human harassment even at the far, frozen end of the frickin’ planet.

    “Snowmobilers get unbearably close to beast in outrageous stalking of animal just up from hibernation”
    By The Siberian Times 09 April 2018

    “Video from Kuril Islands shows hungry brown bear chased by locals – prompting severe criticism and almost leading to a fatal attack.”

  4. avatar Kathleen says:

    “What will Zinke do with the extra $2.5 billion in his budget?”
    “Congress rejected the deep budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration.”

    Excerpt: “…in the appropriations bill signed March 23, the Fish and Wildlife Service and BLM each received more than a quarter billion dollars more than requested, and the National Park Service got almost $650 million more than the secretary asked for. Still, Zinke and the administration have other ways to cut back and redirect spending to bring it in line with their vision of budget cuts and bureaucratic reshuffling.”

    • avatar louise kane says:

      if the newly forming hunting commission and updated USFWS website, making it look like a hunting club, are any indication they will use the money to recruit more hunters….

      I’d like to share an excellent letter by another wildlife advocate sick of the status quo and the influence of hunters for “conservation”

      I think this letter summarizes the biggest problem with “wildlife management” regionally and nationally.

      Thank you Kiley

      “Let’s Address a Little-Known Law that Promotes Hunters
      As the war of words rages stronger than ever over gun violence and how to deal with it, there is one little-examined contributing factor that needs attention: The role of the overwhelming hunting culture going on all across this country.
      Where does it start? All “environmental conservation” agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and APHIS, have a requirement that, by law, only hunters can serve on their advisory boards. These laws, established almost 100 years ago, guarantee a deckstacked, lethal outcome for the wildlife they are intended to protect – by deliberately banning non-hunters from decision-making about wildlife, while encouraging all forms of hunting as the “norm” for wildlife “conservation.”
      At a time of calls across the country for gun control, these arbitrary, discriminatory laws that baselessly promote hunting need to be examined, as well. In fact, breaking the hunter/National Rifle Association stranglehold on our laws must be finally be addressed.
      Such laws are being challenged all over the country: “Pro-wildlife citizens demand seat at DNR table” (Madison, Wisc.), “Fish and Game commission needs greater diversity” (New Hampshire), “Hunting foes want to snare seats on Vermont’s fish and wildlife board” (Vermont). The public needs to be made aware of these facts – and that there is finally a bill to correct this injustice in New York State: Sen. Tony Avella, champion of several other animal protection issues, has introduced S3327 (companion bill A6519), currently in the Environmental Conservation Committee, which abolishes the unfair “hunters only” requirement of the NYS DEC. We don’t want to take your guns; we just want our right to contribute our voice – yet, hunters vociferously fight such change.
      Hunters indignantly insist they are the only ones “qualified” to oversee these directives – and claim their license fees entitle them to a special, exclusive position on the DEC advisory board. But the fact is, “non-consumptive” users of NYS parks (defined as bird watchers, wildlife photographers, etc.) are at a record high, with almost 72 million visitors in 2017, yet they have no voice in DEC policy making. This is an outrageous injustice, with hunters stridently objecting to each and every suggestion for modifying this slanted system.
      The DEC homepage states, “One of DEC’s main responsibilities is to protect New York State’s wild animal and plant populations,” yet it’s next to impossible to find anything on their website except pro-hunting advice, lists of wildlife killing contests, where to kill animals, fairs and other public events that are “admission free” for hunters, etc..
      As the national movement and demand for gun control and banning assault rifles – both of which hunters fight against passing – steamrolls across the country, the effort to pry their undemocratic monopoly of wildlife management away from them is hard fought, as hunters – who supposedly stand for America, democracy and the Flag – attempt to deny us our rights. Hunting is in decline, and the hunters know it, yet they hold all the cards; their suppression of democracy just adds more taint to this questionable, antiquated and cruel activity.
      An innocent woman walking her dogs upstate is dead because of hunters, and it’s not the first time that has happened. With the DEC’s excessively-promoted hunting culture in place, upstate New York residents fear going out to their own backyards during hunting season, and children at the tender age of 12 have been empowered and encouraged by the DEC to slaughter animals for sport. In Syracuse, the DEC confiscated a pet squirrel they deemed “illegal,” but they promote and encourage squirrel killing contests. Despite nationwide marches for gun control, a NYS bill awaits votes that would allow hunting in densely populated cities. Although studies have been done on the strong correlation between animal cruelty and violence toward human beings, a current NYS bill would permanently lower the age for universal hunting licenses from 14 to 12 years old; while Florida officials answer the call for gun safety by raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, our senators and the DEC want to put more guns into the hands of children. The “hunters only” DEC law must change: In 2018, we expect all our voices to be enabled; we expect kindness, respect and saner, more measured input to prevail for all. Until the Avella bill passes, suppression and denial of our civil rights to participation in government process will define the DEC. This is not the American way – and it certainly isn’t democracy.
      Kiley Blackman
      Founder, Animal Defenders of Westchester”

      • avatar rork says:

        Trying to confuse gun violence with hunting, just like madraven. Some anti-hunters will use any argument they can manufacture, and are now trying to leverage mass shootings in their anti-hunting spewings.
        I advocate a very different tactic if the subject is really about gun violence. Drive the wedge between hunters and the gun rights nuts. Support hunters like me who despise the NRA. Many of us advocate universal background checks, and universal gun registration. That’s just for starters.
        I fully agree that being a hunter should not be a prerequisite to being members of these boards. But don’t use gun violence arguments.

        • avatar louise kane says:

          I’m not confused Rork. I don’t believe all hunters fall into the same categories but denying a nexus between some hunters, gun rights extremists, NRA members and violence against wildlife is like putting your fingers in your ears. just recently a story emerged about ten wolves being slaughtered in Alaska by a semi automatic weapon. what would you call that, a peaceful exchange?

          one of the most despicable arguments some gun rights and NRA members use for suppressors and semi automatic weapons is that they are used in hunting.

          many like myself are tired of hunter centric state and other wildlife agencies that typically ignore non-hunter constituent and independent scientists concerns for wildlife policy ,especially carnivore reform

  5. avatar rork says:
    is about the proposal to remove Kirtland’s Warbler from endangered species list. “Cowbird control” means killing them in case that’s not clear, and I approve and so do all the birders I know. The feds and the state have both done great work. Mostly it means starting fires in jackpine forests. My favorite spot is north of Au Sable river as you go up M65. Otherworldly landscape – nearly sand dunes. Land around that river has almost no runoff, which is why it’s so cold. A giant spring creek.

    • avatar rork says:

      Oops. I meant M32, N of Mio. I suggest canoeing that reach if you can – no houses, giant trout, spectacular scenery, abundant shrooms.

  6. avatar Nancy says:

    Breaking, local news:

    But these numbers pale in comparison to the “real” predators, roaming the state of Wyoming:

    “There are currently 1,441 criminal sex offenders in Wyoming, and only 143 of these sex offenders are currently behind bars. To make things worse, the central state registry can not account for 31 sex offenders who live in this state. If you are worried about the sex offenders who are out there in Wyoming, then you may want to sign up for Kids Live Safe. This notification system will keep you updated on the movements of the sex offenders and predators in your area, which can make it easier for you to protect your family from one of the most dangerous aspects of society”

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      347? Is that all? I wonder how many were killed during the hunting season? Here’s a report, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how many were killed during last year’s hunting season. Apparently it wasn’t enough to suit the F&W dept:

      And for rork, you mentioned that things had changed from the old days when wolves could be shot on sight and poisoned? The more things change, the more things stay the same, I guess. From the above article:

      “Another 40 of the large canines roamed the remainder of Wyoming, where wolves are managed as pests and can be killed indiscriminately. In both areas combined, 77 wolves were killed last year.”

      Just appalling that wolves are still considered pests!

      • avatar rork says:

        That’s just in part of the state and you know it.
        I rather doubt we will easily live with wolves in Washtenaw county, MI, either, but you may be more optimistic, or unrealistic.
        In the part of Wyoming that I care about most there are about 350 wolves, which is much better than zero. You seem to be ignoring that.

        • avatar Ida Lupine says:

          It shouldn’t be in any part of the state. It’s regression, and it shows the mindset against wolves hasn’t changed in centuries. The article says also that WY wants to get the total number of wolves in the state down to 100, that emotional number that they felt was put upon them and that they never wanted. So they are trying for zero, if they had their way.

          It just proves the danger of delisting, and that hunting automatically follows.

          I also hope that Democrats in MN and WI will not revive any delisting efforts with no judicial review stunts either, because they are handing their wolves over to hunting, and with dog hunting, and on the taxpayer dime as well. I fear that the Democrats will be so concerned about losing political ground that they will approve this.

  7. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    And the National Park fees are going to be raised, just not as much as originally planned (with another increase planned for 2020). For example, $5 a carload for the Grand Canyon shouldn’t be too much to cough up if you supposedly love your Parks:

  8. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    or $5 more a carload, I should say.

  9. avatar Nancy says:

    Food for thought:

    “It’s opportune that the field of cultural evolution has achieved a state of maturity now, as widespread concerns about population growth, the ecological crisis, and a host of problems in our political and economic systems arose through the mechanisms of gene-culture coevolution. The interplay of social norms, institutions that incentivize or suppress specific behaviors, and the rapid explosion of new technologies both create and exacerbate these problems. And so it will be an understanding of cultural evolution that is necessary to get a handle on them, if indeed we prove capable of doing so at all”

  10. avatar Kathleen says:

    “Made In America”: Ryan Zinke’s New Committee With Myriad Hidden Agendas”

    Excerpt: “While RVs were given the limelight, neither the words “conservation” nor “environment” made the press release. What did was Zinke’s call for “continued exponential growth.” But does he understand what exponential means? Our public lands are not exponential. They are finite, and those which still possess ecological function are under serious pressure to be reduced. Our parks, refuges, wildlife, lakeshores, and meandering rivers cannot endure exponential.

    “To be clear, this committee has been tasked to privatize aspects of our public lands in the implicit interest of economic gain for specific individuals and industries.”

    • avatar Nancy says:

      Heart warming story, Timz.

      But I’m guessing you also read the comments?

      Seems there are those out there in this world today, so lacking, needy, that can’t allow even a “moment” of compassion, with out immediately dumping and dishing, on anything connect to this kind of story?

  11. avatar Kathleen says:

    One of the great Wilderness champions has passed on. He was a wilderness warrior to the end. Thank you, Brandy.

    “Wilderness champion Brandborg dead at 93”

    Excerpt: “Brandborg worked as a special assistant to Zahniser while the Wilderness Act was working its way through Congress in the early 1960s. He traveled the nation encouraging local environmental and conservation groups to support the act, which was passed in 1964.”

    This appears to be just a brief, preliminary article.

  12. avatar louise kane says:

    Ryan Zinke
    Donald Trump
    Trump JR
    Scott Pruitt
    corrupt environmental and wildlife terrorists. They will be remembered as they deserve to be. Monsters

  13. avatar louise kane says:

    want to make a comment on Idahos proposals to hunt Grizzlies here is a link…

    also if you care to, they are proposing to hunt wolves in April during their denning and pup rearing time. how low can they go….

  14. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    It’s just so bad:

    “What we’ve heard from all the states, including Wyoming, is that if the states decided to have a hunt we would be talking about a few bears — a small handful, single digits,” the Sierra Club’s Bonnie Rice said at the National Museum for Wildlife Art gathering.

    “We were assured that over and over and over again, but what we see with this proposal from Wyoming is two dozen bears, and up to 14 females that can be killed,” she said. “How do you reconcile those earlier assurances to the public of just talking about a few bears with this really aggressive proposal?”

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      It’s shocking. The gentleman in the photo is asking for a buffer zone around roads and Yellowstone, for which I thank him. It is outrageous.

      I hope it’s a matter of going for what they can until they are hammered down to something more reasonable? Like zero.

  15. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    Liars, thugs and cheats. I hope their ahem are hauled into court for lying and misleading the public.

  16. avatar Kathleen says:

    “First Bat Removed From U.S. Endangered Species List”
    “Just thirty years ago, only a thousand of the bats remained—but after decades of work, the species is thriving.”

    Includes a short, embedded video on bats and tequila.

  17. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    🙂 Good news.

  18. avatar rork says:
    had some common sense words about wolves not extirpating deer. They think they’ve had a wolf increase lately thanks to deer increase. We await news of that in MI any day (wolves have been flat or declining since 2011).
    There are many articles about the weather near me. After looking promising around Mar 1, it has been winter until about today. 10-30 degrees below average has been the norm. Upper MI is still buried in snow. I now expect pretty bad winterkill of the one-year-olds in places. Loss of deer due to harsh winters means deer hunters will complain about wolves. It is already happening. Blaming the weather is just not satisfying apparently.

  19. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    More on the complaints about a grizzly bear hunt from Wyoming residents. Unsportsmanlike baiting should never ever be allowed around the National Parks:

    And an official (I guess, or maybe it was an outfitter whose opinions seem to carry equal weight) from WY is on record about input from indigenous people (the words ’round file’ were used), but they still have not been included in any decision-making (but the Interior Dept. sent an email, they say):

  20. avatar Kathleen says:

    How frickin’ outrageous is this…

    “Top Interior official key to delaying protection for an endangered species”

    Excerpt: “A top Interior Department employee with ties to the energy industry took credit for delaying the endangered species designation for a species of mussel, internal emails between the official and an industry trade group show.”

  21. avatar Kathleen says:

    More coyote hysteria…guy’s chickens are still loose after dark, but guy claims “monster coyote” wanted to kill HIM. *sigh* Video.

  22. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    “Wyoming was allowed to hunt 1.5 female grizzlies and 9.8 males in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, according to an agreement with Montana and Idaho. But its wildlife officials announced a hunting season with two females and 10 males for 2018. The hunt opponents claim Wyoming officials said they were able to round up the numbers by using a fraction of Montana’s quota.”

    I knew something seemed a little ‘off’ about the high grizzly kill quota:

  23. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    Sheesh. More on the WY grizzly hunt. How bloodthirsty to you have to be to try to get what other states aren’t hunting, or to quibble about who gets to kill .45 of a female bear:

    F&W says that if hunters go over quota or kill more females than allowed, then the hunt would immediately be stopped. But how would anyone even know if the hunter(s) doesn’t report it, or if bears are poached?

    Do they really expect to be taken at their word? I don’t understand why a hunt has to be held at all so soon after a delisting, especially with poaching or natural mortality.

  24. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    Center for Biological Diversity attorney Andrea Santarsiere, a Victor, Idaho, resident, said the loss of two bears isn’t trivial.

    “That female bear could be carrying cubs,” she said. “So taking that female could actually be taking five bears out of the population.”

    I just don’t understand, I truly don’t, why killing these bears is so important to these people.

    Nevermind the .45 bear, just accept what they were allocated in the first place! Greedy.

  25. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    With a living creature, you can’t ’round up'(they should be rounding down). F&W ought to be conservative in their quotas the first year after a delisting. Meaning one.

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