U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list


  U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed.   By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times April 25, 2013, 6:20 p.m.   Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in … Continue reading U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list

Of Hobbits, Elves, Elk, Ecology and Wolves


  By Bob Ferris My wife and I are fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  For us that meant that we recently re-watched the extended versions of the three movies and also spent time watching the special features disc associated with each film.  The former was still great and the latter was revealing … Continue reading Of Hobbits, Elves, Elk, Ecology and Wolves

The Wedge Group Recipe


By Bob Ferris   "The trophy-hunter is the caveman reborn.  Trophy-hunting is the prerogative of youth, racial or individual, and nothing to apologize for. The disquieting thing in the modern picture is the trophy-hunter who never grows up, in whom the capacity for isolation, perception, and husbandry is undeveloped, or perhaps lost.  He is the … Continue reading The Wedge Group Recipe

Anti-wolf Forces: It Takes a Thief (Richard M. Mitchell)


  By Bob Ferris   The anti-wolf site Save Western Wildlife recently posted a three-page letter critical of the Northern Rockies wolf recovery process written by Richard M. Mitchell Ph.D. of Alder, Montana—wow, a Ph.D. stepping into the fray.  This is impressive until you take a little time to remember and realize that Dr. Mitchell’s other … Continue reading Anti-wolf Forces: It Takes a Thief (Richard M. Mitchell)

72 Lawmakers Urge Delisting of Wolves Nationwide


E&E Reporter by Phil Taylor March 25, 2013  A group of 72 House and Senate lawmakers today asked the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in nearly all of the country, arguing that states are best equipped to manage the species.   The lawmakers, almost all of them Republican, … Continue reading 72 Lawmakers Urge Delisting of Wolves Nationwide

Don Peay: the Man Who Would Be King… Baron


by Bob Ferris   Rudyard Kipling wrote a tale once about two pals in the British army serving in India who figured they could travel north to Kafiristan in present-day Afghanistan and essentially create their own mini-kingdom.  The tale was fanciful and was eventually turned into a popular 1975 movie starring Sean Connery and Michael … Continue reading Don Peay: the Man Who Would Be King… Baron

Wolves Need Protection: DeFazio Asks the Feds to Extend Their Protected Status


Editorial by the Register-Guard March 7, 2013 Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with 50 other members of the House of Representatives, have asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ash to continue existing federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves. Ash, whose agency reportedly is close to removing federal protections … Continue reading Wolves Need Protection: DeFazio Asks the Feds to Extend Their Protected Status

Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections


Peter DeFazio » Congress members seek continued wolf protections Associated Press By John Flesher Mar. 5, 2013    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of U.S. House members urged federal regulators Tuesday to retain legal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states, saying the resilient predator could continue expanding its range … Continue reading Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections

Press Release: 52 Members of Congress Urge Continued Federal Protections for Wolves in Lower 48 States


For immediate release, March 5, 2013 Contacts: Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495 Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463 PORTLAND, Ore.— In an effort championed by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), 52 House members sent a letter today to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging an … Continue reading Press Release: 52 Members of Congress Urge Continued Federal Protections for Wolves in Lower 48 States

The Sacred Cows Return to the Public Trough…Again and Again


by Bob Ferris   Cattle Grazing Helps Maintain The Land: • Grazing minimizes non-native plant growth; • Grazing reduces wildfire risk by decreasing flammable material on the land; • Grazing contributes to soil stabilization; • Grazing promotes grass tilling, plant reproduction, and healthy plant communities.  Oregon Cattlemen’s Association website   Proof that there are at … Continue reading The Sacred Cows Return to the Public Trough…Again and Again