America’s Choices: Hysteria and Hyperbole or Hyper-volumes and Curiosity


By Bob Ferris   “…the more ignorant we become the less value we set on science, & the less inclination we shall have to seek it.” Thomas Jefferson May, 1795   I remember a time in the late 1990s when I was interviewed by a writer for the New York Times. We had a long … Continue reading America’s Choices: Hysteria and Hyperbole or Hyper-volumes and Curiosity

Another mistake in managing wolf recovery


The Olympian September 16, 2014    The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has mismanaged another conflict between an Eastern Washington rancher and an important wolf pack. This time the department accidently killed the breeding alpha female of the Huckleberry pack, one of the state’s most stable and prolific packs. Gray wolves are an endangered … Continue reading Another mistake in managing wolf recovery

Huckleberry Hindsight


By Bob Ferris   The true character of any person, institution or machine becomes revealed by stress. You could think, for instance, that you were in good shape until you climb that steep hill and realize differently because your lungs are struggling, your heart beats like a drum and your head aches. For the Washington … Continue reading Huckleberry Hindsight

Unfolding Huckleberry Pack Tragedy—We Have Been Here Before


By Bob Ferris   A little more than 20 years ago I started administering the wolf compensation program for Defenders of Wildlife.  That meant that every compensation claim during my nearly eight years with the organization had to go through me to get signed and then paid.  That also meant that I had to know … Continue reading Unfolding Huckleberry Pack Tragedy—We Have Been Here Before

Reasonable People Can Disagree, but…


  By Bob Ferris “Reasonable, even intelligent people can, and frequently do, disagree on how best to achieve peace in the Middle East, but, peace must be the goal of our foreign policy tools, whether they be by the stick or by the carrot.” Nick Rahall Congressman from West Virginia   I have always liked … Continue reading Reasonable People Can Disagree, but…

The Wedge Pack–Prudent Protocols and Thick Skin Needed


  The situation with the Wedge pack in Eastern Washington is troubling and raising our blood pressure here at Cascadia Wildlands.  While we fully understand and support the need for management actions to deal with problem wolves, we are very concerned that Washington is putting the cart before the horse on this action.  Our concerns … Continue reading The Wedge Pack–Prudent Protocols and Thick Skin Needed