Scrutinize wildlife agency: DeFazio questions its costs, mission and culture


By Register Guard Editorial Staff  January 8, 2014   Congress should join the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector general in investigating the federal government’s predator control program. The Wildlife Services agency has had far more than its share of controversy since the federal program was created nearly a century ago to oversee the trapping, shooting … Continue reading Scrutinize wildlife agency: DeFazio questions its costs, mission and culture

Of Snowmobiles, Lynx and Coyotes


By Bob Ferris   There is a concept in ecology known as niche separation.  It is basically how two or more similar species have evolved or changed to occupy similar spaces or use similar resources with minimal conflict.  If you do not understand the concept, think about common resources in your houses such as sinks, … Continue reading Of Snowmobiles, Lynx and Coyotes

Competitive hunting of wolves, coyotes in Idaho sparks outcry


Laura Zuckerman, Reuters December 11, 2013   SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – The first statewide competition in decades to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho has sparked outrage among wildlife conservationists, who condemned it as "an organized killing contest."   The so-called coyote and wolf derby is slated for the weekend of December 28-29 in the … Continue reading Competitive hunting of wolves, coyotes in Idaho sparks outcry