By Bob Ferris There are some clever television commercials circulating of late that feature prankster cows taking steps to convince folks they should eat more chicken. The inferred hope of these often belligerent bovines is that they will not be eaten, if people would just eat more fowl. Setting aside the fact that the … Continue reading We Need to Address Wolf Myths and Hatred Head On–Stand with US
When President Obama was re-elected there were clear signals that changes were going to be made in the Cabinet. That caused many people in the broader conservation and environmental communities to ponder the possibilities for a new Secretary of the Interior and who or should that be. But while we certainly knew who we did not … Continue reading The Time is Right for Grijalva
Fox News just posted a piece on a story that has been brewing for months about a USDA Wildlife Services employee who let his dogs loose on coyotes trapped in leg-hold traps. And then was stupid enough (I do not use this word lightly) to post evidence of dogs attacking and ripping apart the coyotes … Continue reading Fire the Employee and the Program
David Allen of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s recent letter to Bob Ream—chairman of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission—is a further example of Mr. Allen’s war on science and wolves. Though craftily written, his continued evoking of “science” reminds me of the uber patriots we frequently see who scream “love of country” while at … Continue reading David Allen’s Continued Attacks on Science and Wolves
By Gabe Scott Alaska King Salmon are facing a crisis. The last several years have seen drastic declines in returning King Salmon runs, costing commercial fishermen millions, closing popular sport fisheries, and leaving subsistence fish camps in the villages empty. Something is wrong, but what? That was the topic of a science symposium, put together … Continue reading Alaska’s ignorance-based fishery management
By Bob Ferris Two articles about two recently released studies are making the rounds in the Pacific Northwest. The first one reiterates concerns about our souring seas as coastal waters become increasingly more acidic and impact a broader range of our shared aquatic resources. This work clearly talks about the need for more regional work … Continue reading Two Seminal Articles with the Same Basic Answer: No PNW Coal Trains or Coal Exports
–By Bob Ferris Over the past several months I have written several pieces on wolves and public lands grazing. I have written about the ecological impact of cattle. I have written about the economic impact of cattle. And I have written about the undue influence of the livestock industry on conservation organizations and public agencies–it … Continue reading Can We Really Afford Cattle as King Any Longer?
By Bob Ferris Catch-22 (Logic) A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation in which an individual cannot or is incapable of avoiding a problem because of contradictory constraints or rules. Wikipedia In Joseph Heller’s classic book Catch 22 the protagonist was caught between the horns of a dilemma. He, Captain John Yossarian, was … Continue reading USFWS Catch 22: Embrace Flawed and Dated Science or Do the Right Thing for Wolves
By Bob Ferris We have admittedly been a little hard on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, but I am not sure that we feel any true guilt about it. The feelings actually tend more towards sorrow and pity. Sorrow in that a once prestigious and respected conservation organization has drifted towards the intellectual graveyard … Continue reading The Rickety Molehill Elk Federation
By Bob Ferris I have always liked sea otters—in part—because they are the quintessential keystone species or critters that materially determine some of the character of their habitat for them and others. And now as new research emerges about the trophic cascade effects (i.e., the side benefits of having top predators present) associated with the … Continue reading Are Cows and Sheep the Sea Urchins of the Cascadian Forests?