Archives of Conservation News Stories in Western Wolf Country

The stories below are roughly arranged in chronological order. Be sure to scroll down so you don't miss updated stories. Unless it is in quotes, the commentary is mine.

Please be aware that not all articles and links will be working because some of the sources do not keep archives, or if they do, they charge for them.

Articles from March through April 2004-

- 4-29-2004. Outsourced. by Greg Hanscom. High Country News. "As the Bush administration rushes to put the public lands into the hands of private industry, a model group of Forest Service employees gets canned."

- 4-29-2004. Whirling disease causes Yellowstone closure of Pelican Creek to fishing. Associated Press. AP. "Not that anglers would have much luck, anyway. Because of whirling disease, few fish are left in the creek."

- 4-28-2004. Comments run both ways on proposed Flathead national forest plan. By Jim Mann
Kalispell Daily Inter Lake.
For those interested in wildlife, water, protection of the environment or logging, grazing, and resource extractions on the public lands, there are few federal documents more important than the revision of a national forest plan as the 4000 comments on this forest in NW Montana show.

- 4-28-2004. Conservationists sue Bush over Utah natural gas survey. Arizona Daily Sun

.- 4-27-2004. Cell towers sprouting all over our national parks. PEER.

- 4-27-2004. Wyoming G&F would refresh bighorn herd in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. By  Jeff Gearino. There's some irony to the fact that bighorn sheep from Oregon made be used to save the bighorn herd in the Bighorn Mountains from extinction.

- 4-27-2004. Suburban Development Benefits Wildlife. By Jane S. Shaw. Published In: Environment News. Heartland Institute. This may seem counterintuitive, but America's sprawling suburbs often provide more home to certain kinds of wildlife than the agricultural lands they replaced.
If you feed birds, don't be surprised when owls and hawks show up. If there are hundreds of unhunted deer, predators like coyotes, or on the wilder fringes, bears, cougars, or even wolves might arrive.

- 4-27-2004. Southern Idaho wind farm faces obstacle from native treaty rights. By Chip Thompson. Twin Falls Times-News writer.

- 4-27-2004. Montana gubernatorial candidates differ on environmental regulations. By Charles S. Johnson. Missoulian.

- 4-27-2004. Another bad fire season predicted for the Western United States. Washington Post. By T. R. Reid.

- 4-26-2004. [Senator] Thomas pushes for park fees. Casper Star Tribune. By Ted Monoson. Star-Tribune Washington bureau. This is a very misleading headline. Park fees are not controversial, Wyoming's US Senator Craig Thomas, unlike Idaho's Senator Craig, (see below) wants to make permanent the myriad of fees Americans are now being charged to use their national forests and BLM lands.
- 4-23-2004. Sen. Craig jabs user fees for public lands. Opinions vary on Sawtooth’s
reduced fee program. Idaho Mountain Express. By Greg Stahl.
- 4-21-2004. Sawtooth NRA drops fee for 21 trailheads. Idaho Mountain Express by Greg Stahl.
"Upon reviewing each one of our thirty-eight trailheads where recreationists are currently required to pay fees, we found that 21 were not in alignment with the definition of significant development as described in the national blueprint."
Fees for parking at undeveloped trailheads have been a contentious issue in this scenic central Idaho area.

- 4-25-2004. Cougars at our doorstep (Boise, ID). We live on land that was their habitat, so they're taking up residence in our neighborhoods. How worried should we be? Idaho Statesman. Here's another "let's worry" article about cougars in the rural sprawl and sometimes in urban areas.  Certainly there are cougars near, and sometimes in Boise. What the article doesn't say is that the same is true of Bozeman, Pocatello, Missoula, Albuquerque, Reno, Tucson, the Denver area, Salt Lake City, Provo --  almost every Western city that adjoins the mountains. Every kind of wildlife is showing up in populated areas as the city loses it boundaries and sprawls into what was backcountry.

- 4-25-2004. Poachers taking a toll on trophy Colorado wildlife. By Charlie Myers. Denver Post. Fortunately, punishment is finally getting severe enough to match the crime.

- 4-24-2004. Drought worsening in Montana. By Bob Anez. Helena Independent Record. "The snow is melting faster, trees are drier, temperatures are warmer and fire danger is higher. Drought is worsening in Montana and there's little relief in sight."
- 4-24-2004. Montana US Senator Burns blasts drawdown of record-low Fort Peck Lake. By The Associated Press.
Fort Peck is the biggest reservoir on the Missouri River. There is going to be a lot of conflict with the continuing drought. For example Eastern Idaho irrigators recently tried to steal water from the Snake River, causing it to almost dry up before they were caught (they claimed it was "miscommunication" -- yeh, right!).

- 4-24-2004. Earth Day is on the minds of many. Environmentalists in Utah are thrilled by results of poll. By Lucinda Dillon Kinkead. Deseret Morning News.
- 4-24-2004. Earth Day shifts to ballot box. By Jeff Gearino. Casper Star Tribune Southwest Wyoming bureau.
Maybe it's my bias as a political scientist, but I have thought that conservation of our environment is, and always has been 9/10 politics and 1/10 biology.

- 4-24-2004. Biologist watches Wyoming's pronghorn trek; Migration estimated to be 6,000 years old. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette. The annual spring trek to Jackson Hole from the south is an amazing sight, and one that may soon disappear due to the gas industry's desire to develop a critical 1/2 mile wide bottleneck in the migration route (Trapper's Point near Pinedale).

- 4-24-2004. Ads decry Alaska wolf-kill program. By Mary Pemberton. AP Writer. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

- 4-22-2004. 9th Circuit
Court Halts Yosemite Park Plans. Ruling Concludes Renovation Projects Could Harm Valley. By Rene Sanchez. Washington Post Staff Writer.

- 4-22-2004. Sierra Club vote rejects Lamm, allies. Ex-governor sought board seat to push anti-immigration agenda. By Joey Bunch. Denver Post Environment Writer.
The annual election to the Sierra Club's board of directors was national news this year because of a campaign by insurgents. However, the insurgents lost overwhelmingly.

- 4-22-2004. Montana State University scientist says bison give elk little disease. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette. Dr. Robert Garrott, an ecology professor, at MSU has conducted many studies in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. His important findings often discomfort both extractive industries and environmental groups.

- 4-21-2004. Craters of the Moon National Monument grazing increase decision appealed. BLM defends management decision. Idaho Mountain Express. "The BLM in Idaho shows it is incapable of managing even the most unique wild landscapes for the American people." Katie Fite, Western Watersheds Project biodiversity director.
Why should a barren national monument like Craters of the Moon be grazed at all by livestock? The area grazed (Laidlaw Park) is a unique island of grassland and sagebrush surrounded by lave flows.
Laidlaw Park. Craters of the Moon
Unique Laidlaw Park. It's surrounded by lava. Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Photo copyright
© Ralph Maughan

- 4-21-2004. Teton park to cut staff. Agency looks to offset rising costs and meager budget increases by outsourcing camp jobs. By Rebecca Huntington. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

- 4-20-2004. Escalate National Monument wins in court. By Brent Israelsen. Salt Lake Tribune. The legally of the big Escalate National Monument President Clinton established in southern Utah in 1996 has been upheld in federal court. Presidents were given the authority to create national monuments out of federal land in 1905. Every President has created them except Reagan and Dubya. Many have been challenged in federal court, and the President has always won. Many of these monuments have been turned into national parks later by Congress, e.g., Grand Canyon, Grand Teton's Jackson Hole portion, and Death Valley. Were it not for this law there would be many fewer national monuments and parks in the Western United States.
- 4-20-2004. Judge upholds vast Utah national monument. By Alexandria Sage. AP. Seattle Post-Intelligener.

- 4-19-2004. BLM aims to replant weed-infested rangeland in 5 Western states. Idaho Statesman. The aim is to reduce the extent of the non-native cheatgrass (aka June grass) which has greatly increased the frequency of range fires and which by means of burning and its quick resprouting has eliminated much of its native competition as well as the animals and birds (such as sage grouse) that rely on native range grasses and forbs.

- 4-18-2004. Western Watersheds Project trying to protect Grand Teton NP from livestock grazing. Rebecca Huntington, Jackson Hole News & Guide. Grazing in Grand Teton is an era that show be dead. The nearly free grazing inside the national park does not protect the one remaining Jackson Hole ranch from subdivision given that land values are about $100,000 per acre and the owners plan to subdivide anyway.

- 4-18-2004. Jackson, WY man pleads guilty to poaching 11 elk in the Gros Ventre. AP. The poacher faces a year in jail and $100,000 worth of fines.

- 4-18-2004. Teton County, WY wealthiest in America. Billings Gazette. AP

- 4-17-2004. Company's Mad Cow Tests Blocked. USDA Fears Other Firms' Meat Would Appear Unsafe. By Marc Kaufman. Washington Post Staff Writer.

- 4-16-2004. Editorial in the Denver Post. "High and Dry."
The continuing Western drought is going to set off enormous political conflict and change within and between Western states.

- 4-16-2004. Feds to review sage grouse status. By Sherry Devlin. Missoulian. Listing the sage grouse would mean the former "sagebrush sea" of the West would have to be protected. After 125 years of its destruction, it would be a landmark change.

- 4-16-2004. Ranchers want feds to start killing wolves. By Nick Gevock. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. Hearings on the proposed new 10(j) wolf rule are being held which make it much easier for ranchers to kill wolves, but in Livingston ranchers wanted the government to do the work or to be able to shoot any wolf they see.  The USFWS should learn that appeasing ranchers will never stop their complaining.

- 4-15-2004. Tarnished gold. By Jeff Woods. Missoula Independent. "It was an unusual Tiffany’s advertisement, not hawking flashy jewelry, but denouncing the government’s decision to allow a mining company to tunnel three miles beneath northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains wilderness to extract silver and copper for the next 30 years."

- 4-15-2004. Annual "most endangered rivers" list released. The Colorado tops the list. Salt Lake Tribune. By Judy Fahys.
- 4-15-2004. Idaho's Snake River rises to third on the list. Post-Register. By Dan Gallagher. AP.

- 4-15-2004. Economic benefits of recovery omitted from bull trout report. By Sherry Devilin. The Missoulian. Elimination of either the benefits or the costs of a cost-benefit analysis is about as dishonest as it can get. The deceit came at the Washington level, and tells us much about how politics trumps science in the current political regime.

- 4-15-2004. Wolves upstaging park bears in Yellowstone. By Brett French. Billings Gazette.

- 4-14-2004. Couple gives time, money to ensure wolves thrive in Yellowstone. By Linda Duval.
The Gazette.

- 4-14-2004. Wyoming ranchers face grazing reductions on public land due to continuing drought. Sublette Examiner. By Cat Urbigkit.

- 4-14-2004. Same place, different name: Squaw names taken off map in Montana. By Scott McMillion Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. The racially offensive name has been removed from the map in Montana.  In Idaho efforts to pass a bill through the state legislature doing so failed.

- 4-13-2004. Wolf meetings scheduled [in Montana] to explain new rules. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. Meetings are also scheduled in Idaho. Under this proposal we should quickly see what state wolf management will be like.

- 4-13-2004. Animals poisoned along Greys/Little Greys. By Erin Henderson. Star Valley Independent. More details on the latest dog poisonings meant for wolves.
- 4-10-2004. More dogs poisoned in Wyoming by criminals probably targeting wolves. News release. Bridger-Teton National Forest.
This was likely yet another attempt on the Daniel wolf pack. The results of the poisoning so far. . . at least 6 of their neighbors' dogs. Meanwhile the Jackson Holes News and Guide reports that a 3rd dog has been poisoned in the Buffalo Valley just east of Grand Teton NP. Officials have also warned of secondary poisoning from poisoned dogs and other animals and danger to humans who touch poisoned animals.

- 4-1-2004. Agent: Poison targets wolves. Law officers suspect pesticide that is killing dogs [in Wyoming] may have been meant for wolves. By Rebecca Huntington and Bill Curran. Jackson Hole News and Guide. At least 2 dogs are dead, 1 sick, maybe 2 more dead, and who knows what else?
Previous stories about poisoning with Temik (aldecarb)-
- 4-8-2004. Ron Gillet condemns search of Sundle's residence. Challis Messenger. LTE.
- 3-25-2004. Search warrant served on anti-wolf critic [Sundles] near Salmon, Idaho. KPVI News 6.
- 2-27-2004. Idaho F&G officials urge caution in area after dog poisoned. AP.
- 2-26-2004. Poisoned meatballs injure dog near Carmen, Idaho. KPVI television.
The meatballs were poisoned with Temik, probably meant to kill wolves. Interestingly, an anti-wolf web page describes "How to Successfully Poison Wolves."  Temik is the proposed poison. You'll never guess where the webmaster lives <g>.  See

- 4-13-2004. Domestic goats said to pass pneumonia to Idaho bighorn sheep. AP

- 4-12-2004. Long Drought Worsens in West. Water for Irrigation in Short Supply; Wildfire Threat Grows. By Scott Sonner. Associated Press.

- 4-12-2004. Public debate continues on Alaska's wolf-kill programs. AP.

- 4-12-2004. GOP candidates for Montana governor support drilling the Rocky Mountain Front. Democratic candidates for governor oppose drilling. Billing Gazette. By Charles S. Johnson. The Montana primary election is in June.

- 4-12-2004. Extra caution can help prevent hantavirus infection. By Ginny Merriam of the Missoulian. Montana has a high per capita rate of this lethal disease spread mostly by deer mice. It was recently highlighted when the Glacier National Park Deputy Superintendent died of it.

- 4-11-2004. Mistaking Montana: Forest Service use of photographs draws fire Associated Press. Forest Service caught using Montana photos to hype California logging plans.
- 4-12-2004. Forest Service PR probe sought. By Christopher Smith. Salt Lake Tribune.

- 4-11-2004. Greater Yellowstone Coalition opens a Cody, WY field Office. Billings Gazette.- 4-10-2004. New governor results in total shift of New Mexico Game Commission to support of the Mexican wolf recovery program. Yahoo. This is great news for the Mexican wolf restoration program which has struggled under bizarre, arbitrary boundaries ever since the reintroduction program began. It also signals once again how important it is who hold office.

- 4-10-2004. Wolf hybrids can be visually detected not to be wolves by the presence of dewclaws. By Paul Rincon. BBC News Online science staff

- 4-9-2004. Montanans carry drilling debate from the Rocky Mountain Front to Washington. By Eve Chen. Great Falls Tribune.

- 4-9-2004. Western Watersheds Project sues BLM over a secret grazing deal in SW Idaho (Owyhee Country). News Release.
◊ "About the BLM," article written by Ralph Maughan. March 6, 2004. Did you ever wonder what the BLM is anyway?

- 4-3-2004. Family's livestock to resume Grand Teton National Park grazing. Cattle in park allowed since expansion in 1950. Associated Press. This is a terribly discouraging story. We all thought that after a half century cattle were gone from the Park. Now in the middle of a multi-year drought this family is to resume grazing cattle inside the national park, amidst a condition of too many bison, and a declining moose population (see story below) Moreover, the cash strapped Park Service will have to pay much more money to manage this grazing than they will collect in grazing fees, which are about $1.40 per cow or cow and calf for a month of grazing. No doubt wolves and grizzly bears that attack the cattle will be shot even though wolves are supposed to be protected inside national parks.

Here are some photos I took of GTNP grazing in 2001. The area got a much needed, and we thought permanent rest in 2003.

- 4-3-2004. Jackson Hole moose decline. Hunters seek cut in moose licenses. Jackson Hole Zone. I'd lay the blame on the drought and the uncontrolled size of the Jackson Hole bison herd, which unlike, the Yellowstone herd, is artificially fed all winter, allowing an unnaturally large population.

- 4-3-2004. Congressmen Seek to Probe Forest Service Logging PR Deal. AP. Yahoo

- 4-2-2004. Experts: Dry, warm weather could spell intense Wyoming fire season. By Sarah Cooke. Associated Press Writer.

- 4-2-2004. Forest roads lapsing into disrepair. By Eve Byron. Helena Independent Record. Even as the Bush Administration battles environmentalists to make it easier for 4 x 4s and ATVs to push deep into the backcountry, it is letting roads for the average person fall into ruin.
- 4-2-2004. Off-road vehicles chew up public lands. Guest opinion by Tonia wolf. Idaho Mountain Express.

- 4-2-2004. Elk poacher loses high court appeal; Man convicted in 1996 of shooting into herd of 20 elk. Associated Press.

- 4-2-2004. Panel OKs nomination to 9th Circuit. By Ted Monoson. Billings Gazette Washington Bureau. A filibuster is expected against the arch anti-environmentalist, William Myers.

- 4-1-2004. Severe drought threat hovering across Colorado. April temps, precipitation could make or break state's situation. By Robert Weller, Associated Press.
Earlier related.
- 3-31-2004. Warm, dry weather boosting chance for more drought in Wyoming. AP. The same is true in much of Montana and Idaho. Drought continues in Yellowstone Park, especially its northern half. Look at the SNOTEL chart for the Western U.S. Remember this precipitation is on top of 4 years of drought for the non-Pacific Coast West. View also the drought severity map.

- 4-1-2004. Hantavirus claims Glacier National Park's deputy superintendent. Great Falls Tribune. He was the 6th Montanan to die of this highly lethal disease carrying (mostly) by deer mice.

- 3-31-2004. Northwest College (Powell, WY) suspends wolf program in the wake of the trespass controversy. By Buzzy Hassrick. The Cody Enterprise.

- 3-31-2004. Introduced oryx may be cutting out native species, in New Mexico. Santa Fe New Mexican. New Mexico is one of the few states to go ahead with the deliberate reintroduction of a large non-native mammal to the wild, and now the oryx, which is too tough for cougar has a rapidly growing population, spreads disease to native wildlife and "bullies other wildlife, such as deer and desert bighorn sheep, away from native watering places."

- 3-31-2004. Public, wolves press sheep grazing changes ... Forest Service proposes acreage reduction, other changes; Marvel [Western Watersheds Project] says it's not enough. Twin Falls (Idaho) Times News.
I should add that Mike Stevens, who runs Lava Lake Land & Livestock in Hailey for San Francisco owners Brian and Kathleen Bean is asking that wolves not be killed for killing their sheep. These new owners deserve much credit.
- 3-31-2004. Grazing reduction proposed. Sheep ranching focus of environmental study. By Greg Stahl. Idaho Mountain Express.
How you can get involved- Go to You can read the plan on on-line, and email in your comments.

 - 3-31-2004. Idaho federal judge throws out BLM policies that irrigation diversions initiated under the Mining Act of 1866 are not subject to its oversight. Idaho Statesman. This is a big victory for salmon, steelhead, and bull trout in Idaho as well as the Western Watersheds Project.

- 3-30-2004. Wolves making trek back to Utah. Ogden (UT) Standard Examiner via MSNBC. By Joseph Dougherty.
This is another generic "wolves-about-to enter-state" article. Interesting, with some inaccuracies such as wolves weighing up to 175 pounds and exaggerated figures about the decline of the number of YNP northern range elk. It is true wolf recovery will be difficult in Utah, a state with an increasingly reactionary political leadership.

- 3-30-2004. BLM learning to use 'adaptive' plans for oil and gas. By Dustin Bleitazeffer. Casper Star-Tribune energy reporter. "Adaptive planning" is a new BLM buzzword for maximum bureaucratic discretion as they "fly by the seat of their pants."

- 3-30-2004. Changes to the Mexican gray wolf program are sought. AP. Seattle Post Intelligencer.
The Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program has been much less successful than the one in the Northern Rockies because of bizarre rules as to where the wolves can be released and a lot of illegal killing and resistance from a segment of the livestock industry.

- 3-30-2004. Yellowstone Park to move artifacts to a big new center in Gardiner. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette Staff.

- 3-30-2004. U.S. Justices debate their role in land-use issue.  By Christopher Smith. The Salt Lake Tribune.
This is on yesterday's oral argument before the Supreme Court.
- 3-29-2004. Greens, ORVs toe to toe over 'feet vs. fuel' in U.S. top court. By Christopher Smith. The Salt Lake Tribune.
If the courts rule in favor or the ORVs, the issue is much bigger than impairment of Wilderness study areas, . . yet another attack on Congressional intent by an imperial Supreme Court in favor of politicized, unaccountable bureaucracy. One of the biggest problems with our federal public land managers is that what they put in writing, saying they will do or not do, threatens to become a legally worthless promise.
- 3-29-2004. Pristine Wilderness, in Court. New York Times. Editorial on the issue above.

- 3-29-2004. Coyote removal boosts antelope in southern Wyoming numbers. By Jeff Gearino. Casper Star Tribune Southwest Wyoming bureau. I do think, but am not sure, that in the absence of wolves, coyotes often do suppress antelope numbers by high rates of antelope fawn mortality. Wolves are much less interested in antelope fawns than coyotes.

- 3-29-2004. Hunters clash over ATV use in Nevada. By Martin Griffith. Actually, serious hunters are fighting it out with skilless ATV-hunters all over the country.

- 3-29-2004. Mountain lion search in Sabino Canyon near Tucson suspended. Associated Press.
- 3-27-2004. NAU prof says mountain lions deserve 2nd chance. By Sara Kincaid. Arizona Daily Sun Staff Reporter.

- 3-29-2004. Wyoming governor suggest a fund to aid wildlife habitat from natural gas revenues. Associated Press.

- 3-29-2004. Writers on the Range. Addicted to chasing wolves. By Amy Gulick. North Bend, Washington.

- 3-26-2004. Wandering Montana bighorns may be destroyed. By Perry Backus. The Montana Standard.  Apparently Glen Hockett of the Gallatin Wildlife Association doesn't understand the preferences of livestock growers come first Montana, not sportsmen or wildlife watchers. Economics doesn't matter. Sheep and cattle are first, the rest where they can fit in.

 3-26-2004. Tiffany's sounds off on Rock Creek mine. By Jim Mann. Kalispell Daily Inter Lake. Tiffany's is opposing this mine in critical grizzly bear habitat, which will also tunnel under the Cabinet Mtns. Wilderness in extreme NW Montana. It has also been opposed by those downstream in Idaho.

- 3-26-2004. U.S. denies request for wolf documents in preparation of Wyoming's lawsuit against the federal government. Associated Press.

- 3-25-2004. Possible return of wolves raise pack of concerns. State considers a management plan for the predators' return. By Theo Stein. Denver Post Environment Writer.

- 3-25-2004. Gas-drilling curbs gain key ally. Colorado Farm Bureau backs Udall bill boosting landowner protections. By Mike Soraghan. Denver Post Washington Bureau.
This is pretty amazing,  when the Farm Bureau stands against, rather than for, any powerful interest . . . perhaps an indication how badly the gas drillers are tearing up the West.

- 3-24-2004. Anglers fed up with landowners blocking access to rivers in Madison County, Montana. By Nick Gevock. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. The county commissioners who are failing to enforce the public's right of access are the same one's who were so hysterical about a few livestock killed by wolves and so had all the wolves west of Yellowstone wiped out a couple weeks ago.

- 3-23-2004. Strong temperature inversion, toxic gases from thermal features kill 5 bison at Norris Geyser Basin. Yellowstone Park News Release. The only other place I know this has happened in Yellowstone is at Death Gulch, up Cache Creek, off the Lamar River.

- 3-23-2004. Colorado Takes On The Wolf Debate. CBS4. Denver. Just one correction. The article says, "since the reintroduction of wolves, elk numbers in Yellowstone National Park have dropped by more than a third."
Elk numbers in the northern range herd have dropped by a third. Seven other elk herds use Yellowstone Park.

-3-23-2004. Montana US Senator Baucus pushing for temporary ban on Rocky Mountain Front drilling. Billings Gazette. By Ted Monoson.
- 3-22-2004. Choteau, Montana divided over potential natural gas drilling on the Rocky Mountain Front. New York Times. By Jim Robbins.
If you have never visited this wonderful place, maybe this summer would be the time before it is lost, like so much of the West has been over the last three years to the oil and gas industry.

- 3-22-2004.
Lichen the culprit in Wyo. elk die-off. By Theo Stein. Denver Post Environment Writer.

- 3-22-2004. Legal concerns led to plan's rejection. By Gary Gerhardt, Rocky Mountain News.

- 3-21-2004. Way of the wolf: The day the 'gray lady' went missing. By Rosemary McClure. Los Angeles Times. Here is another good story about the death of wolf 42F.

- 3-20-2004. Atmospheric CO2 build-up rate increases, scientists say. AP. New York Times.

- 3-20-2004. Wolves knock on Colorado's door. By Gary Gerhardt, Rocky Mountain News. The thing about wolf migration to Colorado and Utah is this, lone wolves don't repopulate. A minimum of two wolves of the opposite sex have to come, find each other and mate. Then in order to prevent inbreeding additional, unrelated wolves have to come in. I wouldn't be surprised if there are not already wolves in these two states (we know for sure they have been in Utah because a Druid was captured there and returned to the GYE), but packs are very much less certain.

- 3-20-2004. Hunter's shot in dark finds unlikely prey. Albany -- Wildlife officials confirm animal killed two years ago was first wolf found in state since 1899. By Matt Pacenza.

- 3-18-2004. Continuing local controversy over proposed giant ski resort in scenic portion of Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. The Globe and Mail.
I have been interested in this long standing controversy ever since I visited area (twice actually). This will be extremely harmful to wildlife, including grizzly bears, and local folks don't want it, but the far off Liberal Party government in Victoria seems determined to shove it down their throats.
Web site opposed to the ski monstrosity.

- 3-17-2004. Four Yellowstone elk poachers convicted. AP

- 3-17-2004. Togwotee road plan steamrolls environmental concerns EPA's call for sensitivity. Jackson Hole News and Guide. By Rebecca Huntington. WY DOT is going ahead with a plan that will harm the environment around beautiful US 287/26 that runs from Jackson Hole to Dubois, WY. The project has also been criticized by business interests because its heavy design will require a decade of construction.

- 3-16-2004. Conservation group under fire for Kerry endorsement. By Sam Dealey. The Hill.
While it is true Teresa Heinz Kerry gave the League of Conservation Voters some money in the past, no conservation group is going to endorse Bush. He would have to bribe them millions to say he was only half bad rather than the worst President in history.

- 3-16-2004. Lichen could be culprit in elk death. Wyo. vets find clue in 50-year-old journal. By Theo Stein. Denver Post Environment Writer.
- 3-14-2004. Elk death investigation continues. By Candy Moulton. Casper-Star Tribune.
- 3-6-2004. Mystery killer stalks Wyoming's elk. Hundreds found dead near Rawlins, but cause of die-off baffles wildlife experts. By Theo Stein. Denver Post Environment Writer.
This is the most detailed story so far on the strange and horrible deaths of the elk.

- 3-16-2004. Wolves come back on their own terms to Wisconsin. By James Gorman. New York Times. A couple comments, especially in view of the fact that I have lived in Idaho and Wisconsin both. It is very true wolves don't need pristine wilderness like central Idaho to flourish. In addition, Wisconsin wolf country is much more productive of a huge prey base than Idaho, Wyoming, or Montana. Finally, Wisconsin does not have a tradition of rural reactionary extremism like parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have. One very irritating thing about Wisconsin . . . why should owners of "game farms" be paid for wolf predation? Deer are wolf prey and the farm owners should be required to build fences that keep their deer in and wolves out. Moreover, game farms are dangerous, suspected to harbor chronic wasting disease and other nasties. Were I in the Wisconsin legislature, I'd sponsor a bill fining any game farmer operator who lost a deer to a wolf!

- 3-17-2004. Nothing sporting about wolf `control'. In Alaska, the wolf wars have taken a sobering turn for the worse. The Toronto Star.
- 3-14-2004. Wolf 'Control' in Alaska. Editorial New York Times. Under the new "Murkowski regime" in Alaska sporadic control of wolves in the state has taken a sudden lurch toward elimination of the wolf with the full complement of modern technology arrayed against the wolf. Bears are gravely threatened by this new policy.
- 3-14-2004. Wolf control tallied. By Tim Mowry. Fairbanks News Miner. "The number of wolves killed in two predator control programs this winter is up to 114 while the number of protest letters, postcards and e-mails sent to Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski's office from the Lower 48 is more than 50,000."

- 3-16-2004. Sierra Club faces bitter election for its Board. By Felicity Barringer. Unlike most environmental organizations, and most interest groups in general, the Sierra Club is a democracy. This makes for major Club election campaigns. This one is perhaps its most contentious.

- 3-16-2004. Riders patrol US/Mexico border for Mexican stray cattle infested with disease carrying tick. ENN. By Deborah Tedford, Reuters

- 3-15-2004. Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf? The Indepdendent (U.K.) "Reintroduced less than 10 years ago, wolves are breeding fast in the wilds of Idaho. But their presence has revived ancient fears about this fabled predator. And now some are calling for a programme of mass extermination. Andrew Buncombe reports."

- 3-14-2004. The Bush administration packs the courts with anti-environmental judges. By April Reese, E/The Environmental Magazine.
I just returned from a political science convention where many scholarly papers were presented. There was a strong feeling that Bush' disposition to seek no ideological balance or even competence in his judicial nominations, only  loyalty to the White House, threatens not just the environment but the entire American constitutional principle of separation of powers in the government.

- 3-14-2004. Boise sprawls the most in the Pacific Northwest, inc. B.C. Joe Kolman. The Idaho Statesman. "Sprawl is a dirty word to local leaders and others involved with growth issues, but the analysis Northwest Environment Watch of Seattle released today is based on a simple premise: the fewer people living on an acre of land, the more likely a city faces increasing traffic, limited funding for new services, air pollution and loss of farm land — topics familiar to Treasure Valley [Idaho] residents."

- 3-14-2004. Dogs chase, kill and eat elk dear Ketchum, Idaho. Idaho Mountain Express. By Greg Stahl.

- 3-9-2004. The "New West" collides with open-range laws. By Ray Ring. High Country News. Open range laws are one of the most outrageous violations of the rights of average Americans according to some critics.

- 3-9-2004. Fury on the frontier of energy drilling. By Amanda Paulson. Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor. Good article on the Administration's pummeling of the Western landscape.

- 3-9-2004. Official says Wyoming must bend on wolves. Montana Forum. By Ted Monoson. Lee Washington Bureau.

- 3-8-2004. Gray wolf makes stunning comeback in Wisconsin. By Betsy Bloom. La Crosse Tribune. Right now Idaho and Wisconsin have about equal numbers of wolves. Having lived in both states, I suspect Wisconsin will support more wolves than Idaho because Wisconsin has more land productive of wolf prey.  Wisconsin needs wolves. There are too many deer, and it needs wolves in the SW corner of the state where chronic wasting disease has come in big time.  I look forward to the annual "Black Earth, Wisconsin" wolf festival <g>

- 3-7-2004. Yellowstone Park's judge pleads guilty to DUI. Casper Star Tribune.

- 3-8-2004. Fight to protect New Mexico's Otera Mesa one we share. By Greg Tollefson.  Missoulian.
- 3-5-2004. Opening of pristine New Mexico mesa to oil and gas drilling linked to donations to Republican National Committee. Environmental Media Services.
- 3-6-2004. GOP Contributor Might Drill in Otero Mesa. Governor is protesting plan; environmentalists accuse BLM of selling out. By Pete Yost. AP.
"About the BLM," article written by Ralph Maughan. March 6, 2004. Did you ever wonder what the BLM is?

- 3-4-2004. Aggressive moose stomps snowshoer. By Derek P. Jensen.The Salt Lake Tribune

- 3-4-2004. Wolf hunt ban permanent. The Ontario government has announced a permanent ban on hunting wolves in Algonquin Provincial Park. The Toronto Star. Finally!

- 3-4-2004. Gallatin Forest drops plans for Windmill timber sale. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer.

- 3-4-2004. U.S. opens criminal investigation into mad cow case. By Phouong Cat Le. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mad cow may have not been a "downer," so undermining government claims to beef safety. I notice man who killed the mad cow has stated a web site about mad cow.  I wonder if he did it before the incident or after? The timing would make a big difference as to whether he is believable.

- 3-4-2004. Leave Land Alone Following Natural Disasters, Say Researchers. Science New Daily. However, politicians and land mangers find this hard to do. "Salvage" timber "harvest" is the norm, with the land often damaged as much by the heavy machinery on the burned ground as by the fire.

-3-3-2004. Wisconsin study shows negative rural attitudes toward wolves more due to fear than economic loss. ScienCentral News. As always, the wolf issue is cultural, not economic. I suspect the results would be more negative in rural Idaho or Wyoming.

-3-3-2004. New rule from Feds may make it easier to kill wolves in Idaho and Montana. By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman. A lot depends on the details, but one concern is that it allows for killing of wolves where game herds are down, and not down because of wolf predation, but down for other reasons, such as in north central Idaho where habitat changes reduced elk populations beginning in the early 90s well before wolves were reintroduced. What the new rules would mean for ...
- 3-2-2004. Idaho and Montana may get some power over wolves. By Ted Monoson. Billings Gazette Washington Bureau. A proposed rule is expected to be printed soon to give the 2 states with "acceptable" wolf management plans some management powers of wolves. It looks like Wyoming will be left out because of their continuing failure to provide for the adequate management of wolves outside Yellowstone NP. Presently all three states are joined -- now can manage wolves until all have acceptable plans.

- 3-3-2004. Wyoming to sue over wolf impasse. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette Staff.

- 3-3-2004. Wolves at the doorstep ... Animals kill cow, calf near Glenns Ferry, Idaho. By Jennifer Sandmann. Times-News writer. Too bad a cow and calf was killed, but they will be reimbursed. It is great news that wolves have reappeared near Glenns Ferry near the Snake River in SW Idaho. From here they could migrate across the river and eventually into Nevada or SE Oregon. Wolves were in the area a couple years ago, but were illegally killed. I guess the news reporter didn't know that.

- 3-2-2004. Yellowstone Park roads to close soon for spring plowing. Yellowstone Park news release. Plowing will begin March 7 - 14. It's a happy thought that Yellowstone will see its first spring in a long time without having undergone massive winter pollution from snowmobiles.

- 3-1-2004. Free-range fields touted for bison. Scientists urge return to native prairies. By Grady Semmens. Calgary Herald.

- 3-1-2004. Opinions range on Bush grazing plan. Critics, backers spar over effect on land. By Faith Bremner. Great Falls Tribune Washington Bureau. In truth of all the things Bush has done to harm wildlife, in my opinion, this one will prove to be the worst.

- 3-1-2004. Sensitive Wyoming drilling struggle intensifies. By Elizabeth Shogren.
Los Angeles Times.
Hopefully America will wake up before the entire Green River Basin and its massive and long wildlife migrations are destroyed.

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