Tag Archives: wildlife management

Wolf-kill attempts decried

Seven conservation organizations sent a letter today calling on Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and state agencies to rescind a state Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to thwart attacks on cattle by killing wolves in the Wedge Pack in northeastern Washington. WDFW officials announced last week that up to four wolves may be killed in the Stevens County area near the Canada border after the latest in a series of wolf attacks that had injured six cattle and killed two. The state killed a wolf in that area on Aug. 7. The war on predators continues, all to please livestock growers who get a big break on the fees they pay to graze federal public land.

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Study finds cougars are spreading across the Midwest

Good, good. As long as yahoos leave them alone and the prey base remains wild. Read in this article about the study’s findings about the cat we also know as the mountain lion. And which was called the catamount here in Vermont.

Keep the ‘hunt’ in hunting

Here is a must-read for everyone who knows the folly and stupidity and anti-conservation nonsense that accompanies the world of “canned” hunts (and road-hunting and a whole lot more).

Some ranchers in S.D. seek to control prairie dogs

And by “control,” they mean “kill.” Many obstinate humans just can’t seem to grasp the notion that wildlife do not pay heed to human-created political boundary lines, like the border between a national park and privately owned ranch land next to it. And that goes a long ways toward explaining why so many wildlife species, like the prairie dog, are in population trouble. It isn’t rocket science. This article explores the latest “debate,” this time in South Dakota. I’d bet that this article was spurred along by a prairie dog-hating rancher.

New details emerge in resignation of Alaska wildlife official

All sorts of backroom shenanigans were apparently at play in this debacle.

Island’s Lyme disease ‘epidemic’ may call for unusual treatment – guns

No doubt about it, the use of firearms is the most expeditious way in which to deal with the white-tailed deer that carry disease-carrying ticks around the Maine island of Islesboro. This Bangor Daily News article looks at the “epidemic” and the proposed fix. Here’s the deal: Our warming climate is only making conditions in Wild Nature better and more hospitable to wood and deer ticks. And to think that I used to spend whole days hiking across a Pennsylvania state park without worrying at all about picking up ticks. I wouldn’t do so today.

No pay, no say

This work by  columnist Ted Williams takes a good, hard look at how state “wildlife” agencies are funded (or not funded).