Archives of Conservation News Stories in Western Wolf Country

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

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 keep them, they charge for them.

Articles from July through Sept. 2004-

-10-6-2004. Canada's Rain Forest Wolves are a Link to Past. Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News

- 10-5-2004. Montana too may manage its wolves next year. Wyoming is out --"The next best delisting." Bozeman Chronicle. By Scott McMillion.
- 10-3-2004. Idaho will oversee wolves before packs are delisted. By Dan Gallagher. AP.
Idaho has about six times as many wolves as Wyoming does (discounting YNP), yet Idaho is getting the go ahead for much of the management while Wyoming throws away money and its good name yelling about 70 or so wolves. The big danger with any state management is that someone who knows a prominent state politicians will ask for and get "special consideration" in regard to wolves.

- 10-4-2004. Court halts Gallatin timber sale near Yellowstone Park yet again. Associated Press. Billings Gazette.

- 10-3-2004. Mutant fish in Colorado streams send chills up the spines of scientists. By Theo Stein. Denver Post.

- 10-3-2004. Drilling plans for Montana's Rocky Mountain Front stopped! Congressional buyout needed. By Sonja Lee. Great Falls Tribune. This is great news, but these leases need to be bought out because they are property rights. This situation shows why it was so critical that down in Jackson, WY leasing of the Wyoming Range was stopped. No property rights were created.

- 10-1-2004. Falling trees from '88 fires are a big hazard now on the Shoshone NF. AP. Most of the dead lodgepole pine from the fires have fallen, but now the deeper rooted conifers are coming down. When we were working of the Hikers Guide to the Teton and Washakie Wilderness areas in the late 90s, falling trees where much a hazard than grizzly bears, for example.

The cell tower

- 9-27-2004. Colorado state group tackles thorny issue of wolf management. Aspen Times. By Marilyn Gleason.

- 9-27-2004. Part II. Utah parks feel pinch. 10 of 13 National Park Service units in state saw cuts. Deseret Morning News. By Lee Davidson.

- 9-26-2004. Part I. National parks in budget turmoil. Money going to protect 'icon' parks from terrorists. Deseret Morning News. By Lee Davidson. Secretary of Interior Norton likes to brag about that the average budget of national parks has increased. This is perhaps true, but those familiar with basic descriptive statistics know that the standard deviation (amount of variation from park to park) can often give a clearer picture. Money going to protect the Statue of Liberty from terrorists does not make up for a shortage in the parks protected for their natural beauty and wildlife. The Deseret News presents some good research here about the distribution of appropriated funds.

9-26-2004. Developer proposes 2,000 acre subdivision south of Bozeman Pass. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer.
Here is some real bad news for Yellowstone area wildlife and scenery including deer, elk, moose, black and grizzly bears, wolves, lions bobcats, wolverines, beaver, coyotes, fox and pine marten. This will occupy the territory of the Lone Bear wolf pack and pretty much preempt wolves and especially grizzlies over a wide area, a prime example why the grizzly bear should not be delisted.

- 9-26-2004. Ecologist: Dam removals elsewhere successful. By Sherry Develin of the Missoulian. Pro-dam people argue against tearing out dams because it will leave smelly and eroding mud flats. This study says it isn't so.

- 9-25-2004. ATV abuse met with penalties as abuse accelerates on the Shoshone National Forest. By Allison Batdorff. Billings Gazette Wyoming Bureau. ATVs are even entering the designated wilderness areas.

- 9-24-2004. Crying wolf over predator attacks. The New Scientist.

- 9-24-2004. More anti-wolf groups sue over rejection of Wyoming's wolf conservation plan by the federal government. By Robert W. Black. AP. Casper Star Tribune. This is another lawsuit that doesn't seem to get the point that the wolf recovery was not just about numbers, but the creation of a viable population, and its maintenance, in all 3 states. For Wyoming, recovery was not just wolves inside Yellowstone Park.

- 9-23-2004. Radio-collared wolverine covers 543 miles in 42 days. EurekAlert. News Release. Wolverines wander as far as some wolves.

- 9-23-2004. Yellowstone elk gores tourist, cars. By Scott McMillion Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. Talk about jealous rage!

- 9-22-2004 Idaho Statesman editorial. Our View: [Senator] Craig would let livestock industry pollute in secret. This is becoming a major issue because a large area of southern Idaho is so filled with CAFOs that increasingly people don't want to live there or even drive the Interstate.

- 9-21-2004. A mystery in the wild: Few answers as deer fall prey to a deadly disease. By Jon Bonné
his is on chronic wasting disease, about which many stories have appeared below, but which is now gaining national attention. Most readers probably already know that wolf reintroduction is more likely anything to keep this horrible disease in check by weeding out the sick deer and elk before they can spread the remarkable resistant agent of the disease -- a prion, a rogue protein.

- 9-21-2004. Idaho Statesman. Our View: Feds need to take advantage of low-fire years to thin forests. So appeals by environmentalists were not the reason for absence of forest thinning. It is lack of money. Funny how political charges are soon forgotten.

- 9-20-2004. New highway crossings target wildlife safety. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette. This is good news for Montana, but in Wyoming for Wyoming DOT it is still 50 years ago as far as consideration of wildlife goes.

- 9-19-2004. Majority oppose drilling on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. By Eve Byron, Helena Independent Record. 93% of 1,493 Montanans who submitted comments opposed gas drilling on the Front! When comments from all over the USA were tabulated 95% were opposed.
More 9-20-2004. Comments Overwhelmingly against Rocky Mountain Front drilling. By Sherry Devlin. Missoulian.

- 9-17-2004. Sheridan, WY Man uses shovel to fight off mountain lion. AP. Billings Gazette.

- 9-17-2004. Expert says quake could liquefy Jackson Lake Dam. Casper Star Tribune.

- 9-17-2004. Restoring wolves to Oregon: Task force proposes practical, workable strategy. Register-Guard Editorial.

- 9-17-2004. Governor's panel splits on whether to close Wyoming's elk feedgrounds. By Whitney Royster. Casper Star Tribune. This shows how tremendously hard it is to take steps to reduce brucellosis and prevent mad elk disease (CWD) from getting into Greater Yellowstone.

- 9-16-2004. Judge Halts Massive Elko BLM Fencing and Sagebrush Spraying Scheme Designed To Benefit Barrick Gold Mine Cattle Grazing. Western Watersheds Project news release.

- 9-16-2004. Off-trail: Lions making presence felt in Pryor Mountains [MT] area. By Brett French. Billings Gazette.

- 9-16-2004. Yellowstone's fall rhythm: Autumn calmer season at national park. By Christene Meyers. Billings Gazette.

- 9-15-2004. Forest Service halts natural gas leases in the Wyoming Range for the time being. Jackson Hole News and Guide. By Jim Stanford. Even US Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming, normally a big support of oil and gas, challenged the lease auction: "We must work to ensure that the natural beauty of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is protected," he said. "This area supports a wide variety of wildlife and has many outstanding features. In addition, since the forest is in close proximity to Grand Teton National Park, we must make sure this area is well protected."

- 9-14-2004. Study: Wolves have had little impact on NW Wyoming moose. By Jeff Gearino. Casper Star Tribune. The drastic reduction of moose numbers in the area is due to starvation and malnourishment, and so another plank in the anti-wolf platform has been blown away.

- 9-14-2004. Cascade Mountains glaciers may vanish by end of century. By The Associated Press. Seattle Times.

- 9-14-2004. Off-road use drives us all into the ditch. Special for Headwaters News. By Sherry Gardner

- 9-13-2004. Should drilling be allowed along Rocky Mtn. Front? Cut Bank Pioneer Press. By Michael Hicks.
For your reference files, a detailed study on the motorized access and the wildlife Montana's Rocky Mountain Front by Dr. Barry Gilbert. pdf file.

- 9-12-2004. Bozeman's growth increases conflict between people, wildlife. By Scot McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. Bozeman is sprawling all over the place, and a lot of wildlife habitat has been destroyed. On the other hand, a lot of wildlife is living inside Bozeman.

- 9-12-2004. Without wildfires, business goes cold. By Robert Struckman. Missoulian. It was a good summer for tourism in Montana -- for once, clean air, cooler weather, and greenery; but the growing forest fire fighting business shivered.

- 9-11-2004. Mountain goats are great, but maybe not in Yellowstone. By Tim Fitzgerald. Opinion in the Bozeman Chronicle. Mountain goats in Yellowstone are not native, and they are expanding in population. Their effects on plants and other animals is not known.

- 9-10-2004. Wet summer a boon for Idaho sportsmen. Idaho State Journal. By Cameron Homer. It was supposed to be another bad, dry year for Idaho's ungulates, but a surprisingly wet and cool summer in much of the state provided plenty of nutritious forage.  I have heard reports that the same is true in NW Wyoming.

- 9-10-2004. Plan would allow wolves back into Oregon. A state commission will decide on a diverse panel's proposal to manage the animal's return. By Michael Milstein. Oregonian (free registration required). Eight or more wolf packs would be permitted. The vote was 12 to 2, with everyone willing to compromise except the 2 from livestock interests who could not be coaxed into supporting any wolves.

- 9-8-2004. Yellowstone snowmobile rules are on a fast track. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer.

- 9-7-2004. Bush administration takes new tack on Pacific Northwest salmon plan. Proposal out this week focuses on legalities, not science. By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman. "The Bush administration is counting on new legal interpretations, not new science, to take dam-breaching off the table in a salmon plan it expects to release this week."
We see again this administration's contempt for science.

- 9-6-2004. Chemicals accumulating in the arctic are sickening wildlife and native people. International Herald Tribune. By Clifford Krauss.

- 9-5-2004. The Mystery at Marshall Mountain. Curt Mack calls to them in the wild. He has seen their footprints in the dirt. Now he wants to see the elusive wolves he's been tracking near McCall. Story by Gregory Hahn. Photos by Joe Jaszewski. Feature article in the Idaho Statesman. Although this is written like a mystery, the fact there might be a wolf pack on Marshall Mountain isn't the least bit surprising. There are a number of packs nearby, and the mountain is well into Idaho's backcountry. What is surprising is the buildup of wolves in Western Idaho this year. It is likely the result of the vast forest fires of recent years which have created a lot of forage for additional elk in the area.
The feature article does have a lot of photos showing how a wolf biologist tracks down a new pack.

- 9-5-2004. Glacier National Park emerging as research hot spot. By Sonja Lee. Great Falls Tribune. So is Yellowstone.

- 9-5-2004. Whew! Montana spared massive wildfires this season. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. This same was true for most of the western states after a fairly wet and much cooler summer than recent years. It was supposed to be a horrible fire season -- a reasonable prediction based on the long term drought, but a prediction that was fortunately wrong.

- 9-2-2004. Increased number of threats, assaults on Yellowstone rangers in 2003. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette. Is it due to a budget that doesn't provide for enough employees?  Park Service says "no," but recent firings make it clear that the Administration will take your job if you say the budget isn't adequate.

- 9-1-2004. Annual bear invasion begins. Fish and Game may relocate bruin from West Ketchum, Idaho. By Greg Stahl. Idaho Mountain Express.

- 9-1-2004. On the Mountain Springs Grazing Allotment. Wood River Journal. Most folks have no idea where this is in Idaho, but in years past the San Felipe Grazing Allotment became so notorious for its overgrazing that the BLM knew they had to do something, and they did. They boldly changed its name to the "Mountain Springs Allotment," so as to confuse the public. This allotment festers on today between the scenic Lost River Range and White Cloud Mountains. The permittee is one of America's richest women. This is a story about Jon Marvel, Idaho's scourge of overgrazers, touring the area with a reporter from the Wood River Journal, published in Hailey, Idaho.
Related Aug. 2, 1999. Earlier story on Marvel. "Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man." by Stephen Stuebner. High Country News. My take on Marvel is one brave and dedicated guy who is not impressed by rich people or powerful politicians if they support grazing abuse. Stuebner's article got a lot of play in 1999, although I found it a bit irritating.

- 8-31-2004. Jackson Hole bison proliferate. By Jeff Gearino. Southwest Wyoming bureau Casper Star Tribune. It's really good to see an article like this and point out once again the irritating difference in the way the relatively brucellosis free bison of Yellowstone NP are treated by Montana -- kill them!! versus the highly infected bison herd of Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they are allowed to mix freely with cattle, elk, deer, and multiply without limit. A hunt in Grand Teton National Park is desperately needed. The culprits for these irrational policies are the Montana Dept. of Livestock in Montana and the Fund for Animals in Wyoming.
Related 8-30-2004. No surplus forage seen for Jackson Hole elk. By Jeff Gearino. Casper Star Tribune.
A drastic reduction of Jackson Hole is predicted if supplemental feeding is stopped to prevention transmission of brucellosis on the winter feed grounds. I know a lot of conservationists are skeptical of this prediction. There would be reduction at first, but one elk learn not to act like cattle and forage for themselves over the much larger winter range in the area rather than coming to the feedlots, the population will bounce back because there will be less brucellosis and the animals that "winter out" will be tougher, healthier.  Of course, this is predicated on the bison population being reduced by a hunt first.

- 8-30-2004. Citizens decry oil, gas leases at local meeting. Jackson Hole Zone.
- 8-25-2004. Groups resist leases in the Wyoming Range. Wyoming's governor ready to enter fray over oil, gas development within 25 miles of Jackson. By Rebecca Huntington. Jackson Hole News and Guide.
The BLM has already leased almost all of the Green River Basin. Now the Forest Service wants to let the oil companies move up and lease much of the NE side of the Wyoming Range, which is perhaps the prettiest range in Wyoming for summertime wildflowers and great wildlife habitat. National gas development is this area should significantly reduce visibility in Jackson Hole, and eliminate the small bighorn sheep herd in the Range.
The Forest Service has done little environmental analysis, and on a project this, big, over 150,000 acres this is a massive impact.  I think the Service might be quietly sabotaging orders from the Administration here, because a court is highly likely to delay this until an environmental impact statement is done.

Meadow at the base of the west side Hoback Peak.
Wyoming Range. © Ralph Maughan.

Clause Peak. Wyoming Range. North toward Jackson Hole. © Ralph Maughan. What a fine place for heavy natural gas development!

Related: Take Action. Greater Yellowstone Coalition alert on the gas leasing and convenient web action form.

- 8-29-2004. Four Ravens wipe out 141 grebes in Yellowstone. By Scott McMillion Bozeman Chronicle Staff An event like never witnessed before.

- 8-28-2004. Report Details Energy Leasing. Exploration Allowed on 229 Million Acres of public land in West Since '82. By Juliet Eilperin. Washington Post Staff Writer. For years the oil and gas industry's propagandists have been telling every politician in sight that they are essentially locked out of the public lands of the West. This is, and always has been (to put it politely), a lie. This article reaffirms that the oil and gas boy's claims are false.

- 8-28-2004. Mountain goats spread into Yellowstone Park. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle. Mountain goats are not native to the Park, although bighorn sheep are. Studies are underway to determine the impact of the goats.

- 8-27-2004. B.C. government auctions controversial coalbed methane leases near Glacier NP. No one bids! By Steve Mertl. Canadian Press. Vancouver Sun. Despite the "spit-in-your-eye" attitude of Premier Gordon Campbell's  Liberal government in Victoria, B.C., American and residents of B.C. near these leases have the energy companies to thank for not bidding.
- 8-27-2004. Methane madness.
by Yogesh Simpson. Missoula Independent. Not to be too hard on Campbell's crew in BC, coal bed methane threatens to, in fact is, devastating large portions or eastern Montana and Wyoming, and Governor's Martz is hypocritical complaining about B.C. leases when coal bed methane development runs amuck in Montana.
Earlier. 8-24-2004. The British Columbia government continues to pursue coal development in the North Fork of the Flathead River (which drains into the U.S. and is the west boundary of Glacier NP). First it was coal strip mining in violation of an international treaty. Under pressure they abandoned that, but now it is coal bed methane, which in terms of water quality is just as bad. Here is a critical article from a major newspaper from Canada. "Drilling into a cross-border treaty. The B.C. government's myopic selfishness on gas exploration may damage Canada-U.S. co-operation on water quality, says international-law expert" By Michael Byer. The Globe and Mail.

-8-27-2004. 1st snow on Beartooth Pass expected to melt; Cool, wet weather lowers fire danger. Billings Gazette.

- 8-26-2004. Wolves kill more Wisconsin bear-hunting dogs. By John Myers. Duluth News Tribune. Those who hunt with hounds should always be aware that hounding in wolf country can be hazardous to their dogs, which are likely perceived by wolves as an invading rival wolf pack.

- 8-24-2004. Southwest Idaho antelope herds looking strong. By Stephen Lowman. AP. Daily Herald.

- 8-24-2004. Aggressive deer finally found and killed. By Nick Gevock Bozeman Chronicle
earlier - 8-11-2004. Deer attacks man in the Madison Valley, Montana. By Nick Gevock Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer. Despite the recent hysteria about wolves in the Madison Valley, when the wild animal attack came, it wasn't  a wolf, bear, cougar, or coyote. It was a deer buck.

- 8-24-2004. Bear Lake 'Monster' sparks tall tales, debate, revenue. By Mark Thiessen. Chicago Sun Times. I don't live far from this deep, blue lake on the Idaho/Utah border, but I've always heard of the monster, and never heard from anyone who claimed to see it.

- 8-24-2004. DEQ studies murky water in the Middle Fork of the Shoshone. Associated Press. This stream runs out of Yellowstone Park to merge with the North Fork a few miles outside the Park. Is the murkiness due to road construction in the Park?

- 8-23-2004. Researchers probe depths of Lake McDonald in Glacier NP for info to fight the Lake Trout infestation. BY Jim Mann. Kalispell Daily InterLake.

- 8-22-2004. Wisconsin DNR seeks public input on wolf management plan. By Jim Lee. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. As you know, the wolf has been delisted in Wisconsin, and the state is managing the wolf. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public opinion before presenting an addendum to the current plan.

- 8-21-2004.No Snowmobiles. New York Times. "When it comes to snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, the Bush administration seems to have a hard time understanding what science has to tell it. So here's the bottom line: no snowmobiles."
The conclusion of this editorial dovetails nicely with the story about Cheney below. If you like the natural outdoors, these 2 men and their administration is hostile to your values.

- 8-21-2004. Cheney's Grand Teton visit ruffles feathers. Knight Ridder News. Billings Gazette.
8-7-2004. Cheney's Helicopters buzz Snake River in GTNP angering boaters and disrupting wildlife. Jackson Hole Zone. This is not the first time Cheney's entourage or his outdoor activities have raised local hackles in Wyoming and Idaho

- 8-19-2004. Former Park Service employees say headquarters is hiding budget woes. By Dan Wilcock. High Country News. This affects the entire national park system, and in Yellowstone there are 12 fewer permanent employees this year. As if to underscore the above and the secrecy of the Administration, "Park police chief canned for candidness." By Dan Wilcock. High Country News. She is suing in the federal Merit Systems Protection Board to her job back. The Board was set up in 1978 to protect career federal workers from political retaliation and patronage.

- 8-19-2004. In Bush Grazing Decision, Politics, Secrecy Win Again. By Joe Feller. Center for American Progress. Law professor Feller spells out how the public is excluded and environmental protections effectively abolished in Bush's news grazing regulations for the BLM, which manages the bulk of public land grazing in the U.S.

- 8-19-2004. Strong storms briefly close road across Glacier National Park, start fires. Kalispell Daily InterLake.

- 8-18-2004. Conservationists challenge Jack Morrow Hills plan in Wyoming's Red Desert. Billings Gazette. This is another Administration snub to public opinion. 99% of the 69,000+ comments were against gas development. Poorly named for one of the areas most obscure features, the Jack Morrow Hills, this area just south of the Wind River Range has the largest desert elk herd in country and numerous deer, pronghorn, and wild horses.
Web pages on the Red Desert in Wyoming:

- 8-17-2004. Wildlife Welfare and the Fate of Elk in Greater Yellowstone. Opinion by Tom Darin and Meredith Taylor. Casper Star Tribune. Two Wyoming activists appeal for state and federal officials to face reality regarding elk feedlots and disease, especially "mad elk" disease.

- 8-17-2004. No federal shield for prairie dogs. "Endangered" consideration rejected. By Theo Stein
Denver Post Staff Writer.
The prairie dog won't be protected by the ESA.

- 8-16-2004. New fire puts up smoke in YNP's Lamar Valley. AP. Here is a link to Park's forest fire web page on the "Broken Ankle Fire." Here is a photo.

- 8-15-2004. Feds skeptical about piecemeal wolf delisting in the West. By Bob Anez. Associated Press Writer. Billings Gazette. Wyoming has held up the delisting. Idaho and Montana would like to have their part of the 3 state experimental wolf area declared "recovered," but Wyoming's defective plan was rejected by the federal government, although the state has sued to have it accepted. The irony of the whole thing is that Idaho and Montana have many more wolves than Wyoming, once you exclude Yellowstone National Park -- those doing all the rabble rousing have the fewest wolves. The population of wolves in Wyoming outside YNP, is actually on the decline.

- 8-15-2004. A tale of two Yellowstones. By Gary Wockner. Writers on the Range.

- 8-15-2004. Park Service retirees fight Bush Administration failures to protect Parks. By Joanne Ditmer. Columnist Denver Post.

- 8-14-2004. 500 foot high dust devil spotted on Frank Island in Yellowstone Lake. By Marlo Pronovost. West Yellowstone News.

- 8-14-2004. Loss of foals from Pryor Mountain wild horse herd blamed on mountain lions. By Brett French Billings Gazette.

- 8-12-2004. Kane County, Utah officials, feds in stalemate over Escalante monument access. By Brent Israelsen. Salt Lake Tribune. My opinion. Hope these inbred southern Utah renegades end up in jail.

- 8-12-2004. White House touts its efforts against Western wildfires. Wilderness Society boss: The increase in funding has come at the expense of community protection. By Robert Gehrke. Salt Lake Tribune. As predicted much of the "Healthy Forests" Act has been logging in disguise of community protection, which has been short-shifted. A lucky weather than normal late spring and summer has kept fire away from much of the Rocky Mountains.

- 8-11-2004. French Court strikes down plan to kill rare French wolves to placate sheep farmers. Expatica.

- 8-10-2004. First fire of significance in YNP this summer. Yellowstone Park News Release.

- 8-10-2004. Yellowstone golf and Ski community for millionaires only must pay big pollution fine. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle. You have to prove you are worth $3-million to live here, but $1.8 million is going to pay the fine and more to repair damaged wetlands.

- 8-8-2004. Park refuses elk hunt as overpopulation fix. Rocky Mountain National Park officials are mulling ways to trim elk numbers. Among them: wolves. AP. Denver Post.
- 8-7-2004. Wolves could help control Rocky Mountain National Park Elk. Reintroduction one of national park's options. By Matthew Benson.
Note that the times and dates of public meetings in Colorado in the matter are listed in the article.
- 8-6-2004. Rocky Mountain National Park being pulverized by elk. Wolf reintroduction is one of the alternatives considered to deal with the problem. By Gary Gerhardt, Rocky Mountain News.

- 8-7-2004. Brucellosis continues its spread through Wyoming cattle. Casper Star Tribune. It is suspected the infection which cost the state its coveted "brucellosis-free" status came from winter "feedlot" elk mixing with cattle. Wyoming has been much criticized in recent years for its policy of feeding wintering elk, a practice almost perfectly designed to spread disease. The latest case indicates that more the elk, or maybe wildlife, are to blame.

- 8-7-2004. A review of "Vicious: Wolves and American History." by Jon T. Coleman. The Atlantic Magazine by  by Benjamin Schwarz. The review states that Coleman "seeks to fathom the 300-year history of limitless sadism that attended the wolves' extermination."

- 8-6-2004. Wyoming House District 34 hopefuls focus on business. By Whitney Royster. Casper
Star-Tribune environmental reporter.
The reason why I posted this article about a nationally obscure race, (it's to a Wyoming state house of representatives district), is to illustrate why the public elected official position on wolves in Wyoming (and Idaho too) remains so anti-wolf when in fact many, sometimes most, of their constituents support wolf recovery -- NO CHOICE at the polls. Despite the close contest for President in 2000 and 2004, internal politics in many states, especially the rural West, is essentially undemocratic -- one party rule.

- 8-6-2004. Montana to limit wolverine trapping this year. By Joan Haines Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer

- 8-6-2004. Environmentalist Daniel Patterson awaits a court decision after being battered, bloodied and arrested at a press conference. Tucson Weekly. Sounds like if the public speaks up at some Arizona Game and Fish public meetings, law enforcement might arrest and bloody you.

- 8-6-2004. Enviros allowed in Wyoming wolf lawsuit. By Nick Gevock. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer Seems like all aspects of Wyoming's wolf suit have gone badly for the state so far. May their bad luck continue.

- 8-5-2004. Dog poisonings as terrorism. By Todd Wilkinson. Regional columnist and author

- 8-5-2004. Power-plant paradox in N.M. Of 2 coal-fired plants, cleaner one faces suit. By Electa Draper. Denver Post Staff Writer. The Four Corners power plant has been marring the vistas of the Southwest for a generation, but its pollution is grandfathered. The cleaner, but still dirty, nearby San Juan power plant, is being taken to court for its pollution.

- 8-5-2004. 6 pelicans at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge 1st to die of West Nile in Montana. By Jennifer McKee. Billings Gazette State Bureau.
- 8-4-2004. Sick Jackson Hole Bald Eagle tested for West Nile. Jackson Hole Zone.

- 8-4-2004. Alaska locals want a sliver of the forest. One town seeks a novel deal with Forest Service: Log less, and plan for the long term. By Todd Wilkinson. Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. This is a very important article because proponents of opening up more public land to logging are always talking about how it is a benefit to the local people, when in fact it often hurts local people and only  benefits huge timber corporations.

- 8-4-2004. Backers of the public acquisition of the Taylor Fork of the Gallatin Celebrate. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle. There could have been hundreds of subdivisions in this land next to Yellowstone Park, but in an increasingly rare move, which even got support from Republican Senator Conrad Burns,  conservationists were able to get the Forest Service to acquire the land.

- 8-3-2004. Study of elk in the Gallatin shows bull elk famished from the rut very prone to wolf predation. Newswise. Montana State University.

- 8-3-2004. Wyoming fish and game officials will use federal funds for wolf management this year, instead of spending hunters' license fees. By Jeff Gearino. Casper Star Tribune Southwest Wyoming bureau.

- 7-26-2004. Groups try to protect famed Gallatin River from pollution. Billings Gazette. AP

- 7-24-2004. Issues remain on Oregon wolf question. Committee members still at odds with one month left to work. By Beth Casper. Statesman Journal (Salem, OR). Oregon is developing a wolf plan where they would be on the state (not the federal) endangered species list until there are 4 breeding pairs of wolves for 3 consecutive years. The question is very relevant given the sudden buildup of wolves in western Idaho near the Oregon border.

- 7-23-2004. Lawsuit filed against timber sale adjacent to Yellowstone's north boundary in occupied grizzly and wolf habitat. News Release.

- 7-23-2004. Federal government tells court Wyoming can't sue over rejection of its wolf management plan. AP. Billings Gazette. The federal government is arguing the state is suing the wrong party. Furthermore, the case is not "ripe" -- Wyoming has not exhausted its administrative remedies. Note that this is the argument of the federal government attorney, not the decision of the federal court.

- 7-25-2004. Park East Entrance reopens. Billings Gazette. AP.

- 7-23-2004.
East Entrance closure is a boon to Cooke City, Montana. Cody Enterprise.

- 7-22-2004. Workers clearing mud from Yellowstone road. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette.
- 7-20-2004. Mudslide mayhem: Yellowstone National Park's east gate forced to close. By Allison Batdorff. Billings Gazette.
- 7-20-2004. East Entrance shut indefinitely. Cody Enterprise.
- 7-19-2004. 16 people stuck in YNP mudslide. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette.
Heavy thunderstorms have hit YNP, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming wreaking havoc, but so far tempering the long term drought and expected severe forest fire season.

- 7-21-2004. Beetles eat at Sawtooth pines in natural cycle. Stanley, Idaho residents fear the next stage: a wildfire that could destroy homes. Q and A in the Idaho Statesman plus an article by Rocky Barker. I've surprised the catastrophe hasn't happened yet. Red lodgepole pine are only slightly less flammable than gasoline. The danger will decline slightly when all the lodgepole are dead and the red needles dropped.

- 7-21-2004. Montana state judge axes grazing preference on state lands. By Mike Dennison.
Great Falls Tribune Capitol Bureau.
A similar controversy has been going for years in Idaho as conservationists are willing to pay the state more not to graze state lands than ranchers are to graze them. This kind of issue cuts out the heart of the "good ol boy system."

- 7-21-2004. "Limited cull" of wolves in France ordered to save sheep. Jon Henley in Paris. UK Guardian. France has 50 wolves, and they need to cull them to save a bunch of damn sheep! How pathetic!

- 7-20-2004. Senate Blocks Unfit Judicial Nominee William Myers. News release People for the American Way. More. 7-20-2004. Democrats Block a Seventh Bush Judicial Nominee. Reuters.

- 7-20-2004. Editorial. Outdoorsmen are now seeing through Bush, too. Opinion of the Albuquerque Tribune.

- 7-20-2004. The head of the EPA for two Republican presidents criticized President Bush's record on July 19 calling it a "polluter protection" policy. ENN News. By Erik Stetson, Associated Press

- 7-17-2004. Some ranchers see 'predator friendly' beef and wool as selling point with consumers. By Becky Borher. AP. Casper Star Tribune. It sure would sell with me, but it's hard to find, and I have heard that traditional livestock interests discriminate against it. . . they'd rather kill coyotes, bears, cougars, and wolves than make money.

- 7-15-2004.  Mike Jimenez of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is owed an apology for the public harassment he endured. The Billings Outpost. Commentary by Todd Wilkinson.

- 7-13-2004. Conservationists protest the boundary rule on Mexican Wolves. Silver City Daily Press. The Mexican wolf program limps along with about 25 adult wolves in the wild compared to 800 in the Northern Rockies reintroduction area. The program will never succeed as long as the Mexican wolves are legally restricted to a relatively small area of Arizona and New Mexico. It was a political concession, but it makes success for the program almost impossible and the protestors are absolutely correct in their assertions.

- 7-13-2004. Read about Bush's latest logging outrage.

- 7-12-2004. Laurance Rockefeller, benefactor who saved Jackson Hole for a national park, dead at 94. Jackson Hole Zone. Rockefeller bought up most of the valley of Jackson Hole and gave it to the federal government to add to the Park, which originally was just the east side of the Teton Range.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the gift, along with some adjacent public land, "Jackson Hole National Monument" in 1943. FDR's action in the middle of World War II prompted Wyoming U.S. Sen. Edward Robertson to call it a "foul, sneaking, Pearl Harbor blow." Later, during the Truman Administration, Congress made the Monument part of the Park after the Wyoming delegation repeatedly failed to overturn FDR's action.

- 7-12-2004. California is unique hosting 3 species of elk. By Don Thompson. AP. LA Daily News.

- 7-12-2004. Wolf protection no longer needed. The government plans to take wolves off the endangered species list in the eastern United States. By John Myers. Duluth News Tribune. This includes not only Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, but all the rest of the East, where there are no wolves.

- 7-11-2004. Riders on the range: Pair hired to shoo wolves from cattle. By Becky Bohrer. AP. Billings Gazette. What an innovation to protect livestock -- cowboys out among the cattle actually "cowboying!" Of course, the cowboys were hired by conservation groups.

- 7-10-2004. Sec. Norton says Bush Administration makes progress repairing national parks. Others scoff. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle.

- 7-10-2004. Federal judge continues Mexican wolf program. By Richard Benke. AP. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It's not surprising the plaintiffs lost. With only about 30 Mexican wolves in the wild, this struggling reintroduction can hardly have much economic impact to ranchers, and that's what the judge noted. Wolf reintroduction is primarily a cultural issue, so one has to be skeptical of economic arguments in general to see if they are "window dressing" for cultural conflict.

- 7-9-2004. Wyoming a bad state for West Nile, but it depends where you are. AP. By Mead Gruver. Fremont and Campbell counties look bad. Irrigation and coal bed methane waste water ponds are ideal for the mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

- 7-7-2004. B.C. fire danger at 400-year high, expert says. By Rod Mickleburgh. The Globe and Mail. Over 400 forest fires are burning in the province!

- 7-6-2004. In [one] Montana [county], Gas Drilling Hits a Rare Roadblock. By Blaine Harden. Washington Post Staff Writer.

- 7-6-2004. Forest Service unsure what to do with its acquisition of Montana's oldest dude ranch. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle. The public has owned this "ghost" dude ranch for 14 years.

- 7-5-2004. Wolves back in Washington? Howl, yes. Federal agency preparing a plan to deal with return of packs. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. By Kathy George. One wolf from Montana has already been tracked through northern Idaho and into NW Washington, but instead of staying, I moved into British Columbia.

- 7-5-2004. Wyoming's big game corridors in jeopardy. By Jeff Gearino. Casper Star Tribune. Let's hope something comes from Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative.

- 7-4-2004. Grand Teton National Park hosts talk on wolves by Mike Jimenez. By Whitney Royster. Casper Star-Tribune environmental reporter. A large crowd came to hear a talk on wolves my Mike Jimenez, wolf manager for Wyoming for the federal government. Charges of trespassing and littering brought by Park Country (Cody area) against Jimenez where recently dismissed by the Wyoming federal district court.

- 7-2-2004. Solar-powered signal will warn drivers of elk on U.S. 191 in Yellowstone. Bozeman Daily Chronicle. By Joan Haines.

- 7-1-2004. Critical-habitat benefits distorted, group claims. Bush officials accused of trying to limit protected areas. By Theo Stein. Denver Post Staff Writer. In analyzing the effects of designating endangered species critical habitat, the Bush Administration has systematically underestimated or ignored the economic benefits.

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