Category Archives: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Shooting of endangered Red Wolves halts N.C.’s coyote hunt

And with damn good reason. Controlling coyote populations, like controlling the population size of white-tailed deer herds, has little to do hunting and hunting ethics and the Endangered Species Act. Read about the halt to the hunting of coyotes in N.C.

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Dangerous sport in lawmaking

Legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would undo all kinds of positive conservation programs, like not allowing lead to be used in waterfowl hunting. And, ludicrously, raising the price of the federal Duck Stamp from its current $15 is being attacked as a “tax and spend” situation. Notions like “wilderness protection” are apparently way over the head for many federal “lawmakers.” This editorial does all the explaining. There really are idiots in Congress, people who bitch about government being too big, but yet do all they can to get elected and be part of it. Amazing.

Global disaster? Climate change not on today’s media agenda

According to the National Climatic Data Center, July 211 to June 2012 was the hottest 12-month stretch on human record. But even as the devastation resulting from humanity’s ongoing alteration of the Earth’s atmosphere became more and more obvious, coverage of the 2012 presidential election campaign seemed completely impervious to the effects of climate change,”the media watchdog organization FAIR reported. You can read about FAIR’s findings right here. The conservation impact of what we humans are doing to our fish and wildlife heritage by burning fossil fuels goes well beyond the crisis faced by one or two species.

No end to legal battle aver Nevada forest road and fish

Journalist Scott Sonner has been writing about conservation and fish and wildlife for a lot of years. I remember seeing his byline on stories moving on the Associated Press wire during my tenure at a Pennsylvania daily newspaper. In any case, the battle he writes about in this article has been going on just as long and it highlights what a road can do to fish and wildlife habitat.

Third red wolf shot since N.C. expanded its coyote hunt

The red wolf reintroduction program is now in just about as dire straits as the project to bring the lobo back to the Southwest is. This article contains some information on the killing.

Black-footed ferrets found in S.D. prairie dog town

This is quite a tale. And the photos re remarkable. Ah, the value of a big telephoto lens. In any case, this finding, hopefully, shows the resiliency of wild nature.

The world does indeed need wolves

To thinking conservationists, conservation biologists, and ecologists, the facts explained in this p-ed article are hardly a surprise. Wolves do indeed belong in the oftentimes struggling wild of North America. They are part of the Web of Life. Yet, politicians tend often to listen only to livestock ranchers (growing cows and sheep on public land!) and out come the rifles and traps. When will they learn?