Reader generated wildlife news beginning on Dec. 29, 2019

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About The Author

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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

85 Responses to Reader generated wildlife news. Starting on Dec. 29, 2019

  1. avatar Nancy says:

    “The infected animal was discovered in Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area, a four-county zone in southwest Montana where risk of brucellosis transmission from elk runs high”

  2. avatar idaursine says:

    oops, sorry, copied the wrong link above. I meant to post the latest on the poor Mexican gray wolves:

  3. avatar idaursine says:

    Colorado wolf reintroduction initiative qualifies for ballot. It’s shocking to me that a classic Western state does not have them, and defends not wanting them. Colorado is losing its Western character. But I just hope some nut doesn’t go on a rampage about it:

    • avatar idaursine says:

      I don’t know if I trust that anecdotal evidence, although “1” wolf has supposedly been verified by F&W.

      It doesn’t hurt to have a healthy population of formerly persecuted wildlife, because you never know when a situation will develop that might threaten a large number, such as the Australian wildfires.

      It is foolish to think people can manage wildlife populations, because they don’t really seem to be able to do a good job managing anything.

    • avatar idaursine says:

      This article has a very irresponsible alarmist tone. Anywhere there is cattle ranching, I suppose.

      I find it hard to believe they never had them. There are fossil records showing that have been in Southern Mexico and Central America for millennia:

      “Although it was once widely believed that coyotes are recent immigrants to southern Mexico and Central America, aided in their expansion by deforestation, Pleistocene and Early Holocene records, as well as records from the pre-Columbian period and early European colonization show that the animal was present in the area long before modern times.

      Nevertheless, range expansion did occur south of Costa Rica during the late 1970s and northern Panama in the early 1980s, following the expansion of cattle-grazing lands into tropical rain forests. The coyote is predicted to appear in northern Belize in the near future, as the habitat there is favorable to the species. Concerns have been raised of a possible expansion into South America through the Panamanian Isthmus, should the Darién Gap ever be closed by the Pan-American Highway.[162] This fear was partially confirmed in January 2013, when the species was recorded in eastern Panama’s Chepo District, beyond the Panama Canal.”


  4. avatar idaursine says:

    Poised to ‘invade’? I’m surprised at WaPo. As an animal defender, you really can’t count on anyone of any political stripe it seems. This is an opinion piece too, I see.

  5. avatar idaursine says:

    I should ask the experts: what defines an invasive species these days? I always thought it was one that was introduced by humans, not one that is capable of migrating, dispersing or colonizing on its own?

  6. avatar Nancy says:

    “The number of losses to grizzly bears almost doubled the losses to wolves, board Executive Director George Edwards said”

    A rancher in my valley will take the time to drag off dead livestock, often leaving it behind a bank of willows, so its not as obvious to those passing by, another rancher just leaves them lay to rot where they drop.

    We don’t have grizzles, yet, but I can only imagine the uproar when one finally does roam through and takes advantage of dead livestock laying around.

    “Cattle die for all kinds of reasons. Diseases, both known and unknown. Calves can freeze to death in the cold. Some get put down after breaking a leg. It just happens. When it does, the rancher has to do something with the body. Usually, it means piling them up somewhere”

    “Piles like this exist on ranches all over the state”

    Why do we continue to through money at these ranchers (as in livestock compensation for predation) when they are more often than not, the root cause of the problem?

  7. avatar rork says:
    Another Colorado wolf ballot measure article. The reporter lets Enstrom say whatever he wants – it’s not a journalists job to investigate whether what a person says is true (any more). There are many way over-the-top comments by extremists on both sides, which was depressing.

    • avatar Nancy says:

      I’m starting to get the feeling that trying to repopulate efficient, logical wildlife species back into what use to be their natural habitat, is really asking to much of them anymore especially when they have to tolerate, not to mention suffer through, the exploitation, ignorance and greed of mankind.

    • avatar idaursine says:

      You nailed it. Now I’m never claiming to know it all, but it really does seem that ‘it’s not a journalist’s job to investigate whether what a person says is true (any more)’.

      I did not at all appreciate the tone of the article that continues to villainize coyotes for naturally expanding their range, due to their adaptability, either.

  8. avatar JEFF E. says:

    This is what happens to a good many of those “lost pet ” ads, but with different ending…….

    • avatar Nancy says:

      Thanks for posting this Jeff E.

      Perhaps it will be a “light bulb” moment for those folks out there that think Fido or Kitty can just hang around outside, after dark, with no worries?

      Obvious Max was defending HIS territory…….

      • avatar JEFF E. says:

        god for Max he did not turn his back. would have been all over…..
        It also highlights that there are way more animals running around than is readily apparent, in the daytime……

      • avatar Hiker says:

        The other side of this story is how many birds Max has pointlessly killed in his career as an outside cat. The best part of this story is how Max is now an indoor cat. One more reason to keep pets inside.

    • avatar idaursine says:

      🙂 They don’t look like vicious coyotes to me, more like scaredy-cats!

      This is a male cat defending his turf, and I hate to say it, but it would be better if he were kept indoors? I also hope he isn’t impregnating any females out there.

    • avatar WM says:

      Ending might have been different here if Max cat had to defend more than a 180 field of view. The wall of the house helped his defense big time. Only way these 3 coyotes could get to him. One behind him and it would have been all over. Agree with Hiker it is best Max is indoors for lots of reasons.

      We now have a fast growing population of urban coyotes in the Seattle metro area, especially on the north end. Outdoor cats going missing all the time. Bunnies (which people have turned loose) in abundance, and even the occasional rodent size dog on leash or even being let out in its yard for a few minutes to take care of business are eaten with some frequency. Add to that the Norwegian brown rats from the early shipping days, feeding on untended backyard gardens in the moderate climate and the prey base is substantial. Learned all this on the Nextdoor app which neighborhoods can access (while San Francisco based capitalist data miners learn more about you).

  9. avatar idaursine says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate JEFFE’s posting this and the other article about the upcoming invasion of coyotes. 🙂

    But I find it absolutely unconscionable that people defend their so-called ‘right’ to keep pets outdoors and unneutered, despite all of the dangers to their pets, billions of birds lost and threatened due to the cumulative effect of human activities, and threats to wildlife! That is, if they are even aware of this. The woman in the video and even CNN doesn’t seem to be. Education doesn’t seem to be working.

    Can they live with the potential extinction of wildlife, and do they care or are they even aware of it?

  10. avatar idaursine says:

    I know that similar articles have been posted here about the plight of birds in modern times, but here’s a comprehensive one:

  11. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Claims are just becoming more and more bizarre.

    Are wolves partly to blame for the dairy crisis? No. Tiffany misses the mark.

    Says federal regulation of the wolf population has led to attacks on livestock, driving down production, leading to dairy farms going out of business

    “What’s more, the number of wolves in the state started to skyrocket in the early 2000s. During that time, milk production grew steadily and continues to grow — which itself is a factor in lower prices.”

    • avatar rork says:

      I don’t count trappers as sportsmen, but I appreciate denouncing people who do nine things wrong at the same time. Thanks.

  12. avatar idaursine says:

    Believe It or Not – it has made Newsweek. I hope the media is not unwitting:

    • avatar idaursine says:

      I was dismayed to read this misleading headline, because there is not one shred of proof in the actual article. Irresponsible journalism. 🙁

      People have good reason to be skeptical about any supposed sightings – we know that Gov. Hickenlooper and the CP&W both opposed reintroduction of gray and Mexican gray wolves:

      Ranchers and hunters have pursued a vendetta against wolves for centuries, and we know of the notorious hunters who can’t tell the difference between a wolf and a coyote, whether by intention or not. The article only says ‘wild canid’.

      So now the people have spoken. A healthy environment with its full complement of wildlife should be at least as important and legalizing recreational marijuana, don’t you agree?

  13. avatar Nancy says:

    Just watched again the final video in the Planet Earth series (that was taped years ago) and thought I’d look up Mr. Eliash, who spoke back then, on tape, as a champion of the Amazon rain forest because of his purchase of land there, in order to preserve it.

    Sadly, greed does have a way of “trumping” good intentions

  14. avatar Nancy says:

    A truck commercial that will be aired in the upcoming Super Bowl…

    • avatar idaursine says:

      “Shortly, after bashing heads, one of the rams turns toward the vehicle and gives a look of disgust at the people watching, then returns to the fight.”

      🙂 Awesome. Something I’ve always wanted to see in the wild too.

  15. avatar JEFF E. says:

    I’ll take the one in the 49,s jersey

  16. avatar Nancy says:

    My apologies, for tossing politics into The Wildlife News blog but those here and those lurking, really do need to pay attention, research and realize this rhetoric, will get much worse in the coming months.

    “The Green New Deal, he warned, “would destroy our wonderful cows”. In a bizarre riff, he added: “They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next.”

    Oh yeah, The Orange Man is pulling out all the stops, pandering to his frightened yet emboldened base, but hey, lets not forget…. so did Hitler.

    Got to look around and find out what checks out or doesn’t in this current, turbulent, political atmosphere, griping our country right now, that no doubt will go down as history in the making 🙂

  17. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    ^^The Denver Post has an article on this too, if anyone is interesting in reading it on their site. Does this mean that if the bill should pass, that the public vote would be usurped?

    Anyway, I thought this other article was interesting, about the supposed sighting of wolves in Colorado. A nice welcome from Colorado’s governor, a refreshing change:

    “This is very likely the first pack to call our state home since the 1930s. I am honored to welcome our canine friends back to Colorado after their long absence,” [Gov. Jared] Polis said in a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery.”

    I’ve had some posting glitches lately.

    • avatar Nancy says:

      FYI – Ida re: a nice “welcome” from Colorado’s current governor:

      • avatar Ida Lupine says:

        Sorry to have not responded, was watching the Super Bowl last night.

        Well, that’s just it – we don’t know. I’ve been told to ‘hold my nose and vote for the party’ for so long that it’s a wonder I haven’t passed out from lack of oxygen. Empty promises year after year, and sometimes no promise but hoping for the best, and then hopes dashed.

        Here, I thought it was refreshing to have this kind of welcoming attitude instead of automatic hatred and fear stoking.

        But I don’t know if Colorado really does have their first wolf pack since the 1930s. We’ll have to wait and see.

    • avatar WM says:

      Very good paper, Immer!

      From page 36 (re mountain biker-grizzly encounters):

      ++These risk-related figures are far in excess of the averages I present in Sections 3 and 4 of this report.
      The percent of encounters that elicited some kind of aggressive response from involved bears is an
      astounding 14-times greater for mountain bikers compared to for pedestrians. Even if, compared to
      pedestrians, a greater number of “encounters” went undetected by mountain bikers, this alone would
      not account for the magnitude of this disparity. Moreover, the obvious heightened reactivity of bears to
      mountain bikers is not surprising given that average encounter distances were closer for bikers
      compared to the average 70-90 m involving pedestrians.
      These results are not unexpected. As Herrero & Herrero (2000) noted nearly 20 years ago, mountain
      biking is a perfect recipe for hazardous close encounters with grizzly bears given that bikers are often
      traveling silently at comparatively high speeds (11-30 km per hour; Schmor 1999), which increases the
      odds of rapid closure prior to detection along with amplified reactivity among even highly tolerant
      bears. This same point has subsequently been made in several assessments of hazards posed by
      mountain biking in grizzly bear habitat (Honeyman 2007, Quinn & Chernoff 2010, MacHutchon 2014). ++

  18. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    These videos of the coyote and badger so are amazing. I love that the coyote seems to be waiting for the badger to catch up, and his little trot away. There’s so much we don’t know about the world of wildlife. 🙂

  19. avatar Immer Treue says:

    First Ever Footage of Wolves Eating Wild Blueberries in Northern Minnesota.

    Certainly not outlandish to observe as fox and coyote scat is distinctively purple during blueberry season, and my two biggest berry picking competitors are my two shepherds.

  20. avatar Nancy says:

    “The fish was once a “near-threatened” species but has since been designated as “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. That’s partially because there is little data on the population, according to the Birch Aquarium”

    Little data…..let those words sink in.

  21. avatar Hiker says:

    A song about wolves from a Norwegian group. Haunting and beautiful.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      It is. All of their music that I have heard is wonderful; the are very talented. Did you know that they do the music for the television show Vikings? I like Helvegen too.

    • avatar WM says:

      Hiker, don’t forget the part about the for profit, multi-media urbanite musical artists, using a trained captive wolf in a controlled recording studio(note the wrinkled tarp backdrop), to give you your deep connection experience. The wolf, well it’s just mostly looking at the trainer on the opposite side of the stage with the yummy meaty treats, and trots over on command. Yes it is theatre. And, I too liked the music. Just sayin’.

      Me, well, I also like Jimmy Buffett, with a few fake palm trees on the stage, Caribbean steel drums, and recognize the honest art form just for what it is. 😉

      • avatar Hiker says:

        Aw man, what a bummer. Is that a real wolf? I doubt it. Obviously it’s all staged, it’s a music video. Do you really think I have no discernment? And I think there’s nothing wrong with artists making money. Especially when it’s so beautiful.

  22. avatar Ida Lupine says:

    “The Atlantic Coast pipeline begins in West Virginia and is planned to cross some of the most mountainous scenery in Central Virginia before completing its 600-mile path in North Carolina.”

    Isn’t this awful, I’m so tired of all the destruction:

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