Blog comment rules

If you haven’t commented before, read this.

This blog is moderated. You can contact webmaster Ralph Maughan at  There are a number of long time readers who have commented for years.

Your first comments to this blog go directly into the moderation box and must be approved by the webmaster.

After your first comment is approved, your future comments will probably appear automatically. Permission to comment can be revoked

Please use a valid email address. If we find it is a fake, you will not be able to post anymore.

We can see your email address, the screen name you use, and your IP number. Readers can only see your screen name and any link to your web page you elect to provide. Although potentially libelous comments are removed, you are legally responsible for them should we fail to locate them.

We’ve found that people who think their comments won’t be let through are more likely to use a fake email address. So it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Note too that spam, which you will rarely see here, is an ever present problem with all blogs, especially those with more readers like this one. Hundreds of spam posts are often received here daily. WordPress (the host of this blog) uses a routine (Akismet) to automatically detect and delete spam. It’s not perfect, but false positives are now rare. Comments with multiple hyperlinks are most likely to be judged as spam.

While Ralph Maughan is the founder and webmaster who moderates and sometimes posts, The Wildlife News is supported by the Western Watersheds Project.


30 Responses to Blog comment rules

  1. We moved the rules for commenting on the blog to this separate page so they would not be so intrusive.

    We hope to keep it here unless it looks like those who want to comment are not aware of them.

    • I would like to see more updates on the day to day activities on the wolves and their packs. My organization likes to keep up with all the wolves on a personal level. I lo have several essays on wolves and their ecosystems. If your interested in reading or printing my essays I would be honored. Thank you for all the work you and your staff do to protect our beloved wolves. Gina McKelvey 2000 Arlington Ave Penthouse 511, Los Angeles, CA 90018 Phone (310)591-9472

    • So if I’m doing this correctly I ams supposed to do this first. I think this is right it but the instructions could be written with a little more clarity and direction with steps to comment put in as bullets or numbered rather than a more laid back post with a few breaks and information that is related kind of popping up before and after other things instead of covering your guidance and words of caution with rules and some pre-task objectives put in the middle. Just a recommendation but I’m a Disabled Vet and we are molded to to be more OCD lol. Thanks, Michael

    • Kenneth Bouley says:

      Ralph, I am trying to contact you but it is apparent you are not getting my emails from Please check spam filter or message me on facebook or instagram, where I have sent you messages.

    • Jeanne Jain says:

      Wondering why I can like comments but I can’t reply. Please advise. Thank you!

  2. Note. If you comment on this page, please keep your comment on the rules of the blog rather than other matters.

  3. Savebears says:

    Despite what gets posted, know that we all appriciate your blog as well as keeping it as clean as possible.

    One thing I will bring up is your comment about IP address, they do change and can be changed if you have knowledge to do so, also many of us travel quite often, so will have a different IP quite often.

    Just wanted to bring that up, but again, IP can and do change quite often.

  4. Doug Pineo says:

    I read your short piece about hunting. I generally agree with you about grazing issues, but yet I’d rather have to deal with grazing than wind farms, and associated “smart grids”. Neither supporting or condemning hunting puts you in the same prim place as National Audubon, even as you acknowledge that the artificial schism between hunters and anti-hunters is a huge reason for the general failure of conservation of the nation’s natural heritage in the current era.

    Perhaps you think all hunters are Raul Labrador or Ted Nugent, though many thoughtful hunters indeed “think like a mountain”, and act on their principles. Your non-stance on hunting is worse than disappointing. You only add to the general disarray and mournful lassitude among conservationists in late 2013. Our children, and the world they will inherit, deserve better.

  5. Nancy says:

    Happy New Year rick! I’ve have the same thought about a majority of people who live here in Montana 🙂 but as you must know, its gonna take more than a village, community, counties, state to have a positive impact when it comes to the welfare of all wildlife.

    Their lives are too often manipulated and then destroyed to satisfy a tiny fraction of this country.

  6. chris cooper says:

    “Your e-mail address will not be published”.
    I live in Idaho and have seen, first hand, the anti-wolf sentiment from hunters and their friends. Ignorance of the facts (that wolves make for a healthier forest ) here is appalling. Yes. The wolves need a voice here, but not being willing to make yourselves known will not get the word out or the job done. Feel free to make my e-mail known to anyone who requests it.

  7. brian mcnary says:

    Whenever I see an entire page devoted to “blog rules” what I see is this.

    “Blog rules” are simply a methodology wherein blog authors can hijack and control the dialogue while trying to come off like they are being “fair minded.”

    Caustic and ridiculing comments are easily dismissed from most blogs including my own without explanation. I tend to land on the side of free speech and oddly- I have only jettisoned 6 comments in a million+hits.

    Controlling the dialogue is a common teaching practice and with that I note the author (a former instructor of mine and good guy) and the subject matter. I see nothing wrong with stating the truth up front here rather than pretending to be “fair.” You cannot educate those who practice contempt prior to investigation. I would simply state that we are not here to attract dissent. If you want to argue or make nasty comments pls find Huffington Post.

    Having arrived on the planet via the most raped and destroyed landscape ever (Butte, Mt) I have a special fondness for environmental concerns. Thank you Ralph for helping shape me into the pro union, pro environment, and everything else libertarian I have become. And even though I disagree with wolf reintroduction- I have to admire the cut of your jib.


  8. Scott Slocum says:

    How do we report comments that violate the rules?

  9. Nancy says:

    Very cool Randy 🙂

  10. Ida Lupines says:

    More like the “bad old days” for indigenous people. I wasn’t thrilled about reading that either. It’s like criticizing Western religious prayers.

  11. Ralph Maughan says:

    Arlene Bowman,

    You are now to this forum so you might not realize this is the wrong place to post your comment. This should be about comments on the rules for posting.

    Please repost this to another location. I will be removing it from here


  12. Johnny Randall says:

    Read this short ORDINANCE People! It’s full of
    really neat stuff.

    Section 19. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GUARANTEED — DISCLAIMER OF TITLE TO INDIAN LANDS. It is ordained by the state of Idaho that perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured, and no inhabitant of said state shall ever be molested in person or property on account of his or her mode of religious worship. And the people of the state of Idaho do agree and declare that we forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries thereof, and to all lands lying within said limits owned or held by any Indians or Indian tribes; and until the title thereto shall have been extinguished by the United States, the same shall be subject to the disposition of the United States, and said Indian lands shall remain under the absolute jurisdiction and control of the congress of the United States; that the lands belonging to citizens of the United States, residing without the said state of Idaho, shall never be taxed at a higher rate than the lands belonging to the residents thereof. That no taxes shall be imposed by the state on the lands or property therein belonging to, or which may hereafter be purchased by, the United States, or reserved for its use. And the debts and liabilities of this territory shall be assumed and paid by the state of Idaho. That this ordinance shall be irrevocable, without the consent of the United States and the people of the state of Idaho.

    How current is this law?

    Search the Idaho Statutes & Constitution

  13. Matt says:

    I’m sorry if I’ve missed something but I haven’t seen any 2017 Yellowstone wolf reports from Kathie Lynch. Does she no longer write these reports? I haven’t been able to visit the Park for a couple of years and her reports are
    really missed.

    • Ralph Maughan says:

      I believe that she has stopped.

      • Nancy says:

        That’s sad news, Ralph. Would guess more than a few of us, who frequent WLN site, enjoyed reading her updates about the park’s wolf packs.

  14. Robert Bauer says:

    Wild Horses as a Natural Wildfire Retardant
    A known ecological fact is that wild horse populated areas serve as a natural wildfire retardant. The Post Gastric Digestive system of wild equine is able to accommodate dryer, more flammable vegetation, while leaving more lush vegetation intact for other species. Moreover, because of incomplete digestion, and thus low energy expenditure in the process, wild equine will consume more of this dryer vegetation. Because of this physiological factor in their makeup, the existence of wild horses, in the appropriate numbers that nature dictates through its own mechanisms, serve to build up the humus content of the soil, nutrient wise as well as its ability to retain water, while continually on the move, as is their nature. Everywhere roundups have occurred of wild equine, and thus significant reduction in their numbers, the threat of wildfires has increased dramatically. The existence of wild horses, in a multitude of ecological scenarios, throughout the world, not just in the Unites States, have served to rejuvenate the areas where they exist, not just in reducing the wildfire threat, but in a comprehensive way as a keystone species, producing a positive cascade effect in those same areas both in terms of flora as well as fauna. The answer to a natural fire retardant, and reducing the threat of wildfires, does not lie in the target grazing of cattle, the existence of which has also been shown to strip the land as well as destroy riparian habitats. The answer lies in allowing wild equine to exist in the wild, in numbers that nature dictates according to its own density dependent and independent inhibitory factors. Restore the wild horses to areas of the west where they were taken, and we would see a dramatic change in a positive direction, including removal of wildfire threats.

  15. Immer Treue says:

    Is there a reason one must sign in per every post on TWN?
    Was a time one could sign in and remain signed in.

  16. Immer Treue says:

    Continue to get 404 page not found every time I attempt to post a topic for discussion/news. What gives

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  18. Todd M Shuman says:

    Can you post this link as a comment on George’s response to NYT concerning soil carbon … November 2021 …

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