BLM Says No to Predator Killing Contest on BLM Lands


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 25, 2014   Contact: Drew Kerr, WildEarth Guardians, (312) 375-6104 Laura King, Western Environmental Law Center, (406) 204-4852 Bob Ferris, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463 Lynne Stone, Boulder-White Clouds Council, (208) 721-7301   BLM SAYS NO TO KILLING CONTEST ON BLM LANDS Conservationists celebrate win just 12 days after filing lawsuit to … Continue reading BLM Says No to Predator Killing Contest on BLM Lands

Conservationists Sue to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest


  Press Release For Immediate Release: November 13, 2014   Contacts:  Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, 541.434.1463 nick@cascwild.org Bethany Cotton, WildEarth Guardians, 503.327.4923, bcotton@wildearthguardians.org Laura King, Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center, 406-204-4852 Lynne Stone, Boulder-White Clouds Council, 208.721.7301, bwcc@wildwhiteclouds.org   Conservationists Sue to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest:  Groups Challenge Fed’s Decision to Allow Highly … Continue reading Conservationists Sue to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest

To BLM: Derbies Should be Cute Little Hats, Not Killing Contests


“This is an incredible opportunity to team up with our [sic] son or daughter during Christmas break and spend some quality time in the gorgeous Salmon, Idaho Country! Some of our objectives are to teach hunting skills, gun safety and wolf disease prevention to our youth and others.” From 2013 promotion materials for the Salmon … Continue reading To BLM: Derbies Should be Cute Little Hats, Not Killing Contests

The American Mining Rights Association: A Darwin Award Winner in the Making


By Bob Ferris   “AMRA is different than all other non-profit associations, we don’t give you a T-shirt or a bumper sticker for a donation, we give you access to our gold claims.  Proven claims.  We own these claims, and most have been used to provide us with our incomes.  We are expanding our claim … Continue reading The American Mining Rights Association: A Darwin Award Winner in the Making

Wolf Control in Idaho by Rubber Stamp and Shortsightedness


By Bob Ferris     As I look at the announcement from last month that Idaho Governor Butch Otter appointed the last two people to his wolf control committee, I am quite frankly torn. I am torn not because I want to support his good faith effort to follow science and do what is right … Continue reading Wolf Control in Idaho by Rubber Stamp and Shortsightedness

The Hopes in a Howl and Science


By Bob Ferris   One of the distinct advantages for me of working in a small organization versus a large one in DC with security doors and receptionists, is that I get to talk with people and see how they are impacted by our work.  Yesterday was a prime example.    About mid-day yesterday an animated woman … Continue reading The Hopes in a Howl and Science

Looking Backwards, Forward and to You


By Bob Ferris   Last weekend I stood on the rim of Crater Lake with my wife.  We were staring at the spectacular, Ty-D-Bol-colored water and contemplating strolling down the 700-foot drop to the shore and then back along the mile-long trail.  In walks like this there is always stunning beauty, but there is also … Continue reading Looking Backwards, Forward and to You

Interior Department: The Need for a Gumption Pill


By Bob Ferris   gump•tion  [guhmp-shuhn]  noun Informal. 1. initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness: With his gumption he'll make a success of himself. 2. courage; spunk; guts: It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job. 3. common sense; shrewdness.  From Dictionary.com    There are times when I fantasize about products that I would like to see.  One … Continue reading Interior Department: The Need for a Gumption Pill

Time to Throw a Science Penalty Flag at Idaho


By Bob Ferris   As a scientist there are times that I wish that science had a “penalty flag” much like the ones we see in professional football.  Big, weighted rags thrown when things simply get out of hand in big, visible ways or in subtle but significant ways.    Then I would be able … Continue reading Time to Throw a Science Penalty Flag at Idaho