by Bob Ferris When I was in high school the Viet Nam conflict was still in full swing and so was the draft. And as we neared graduation our guidance counselors had us take aptitude tests. Invariably all the aptitude test results for males—regardless of input—indicated a suitability for the military. I think about it … Continue reading More than a Mile of Dead Wolves Need Your Attention Now
By Bob Ferris “Because the tiny eggs, liberated by the millions in carnivore feces, are dispersed even by slight air currents, it is important for reasons of personal health not to poke or kick such feces. It will usually be dry and will then liberate clouds of tape worm eggs and this cloud of eggs … Continue reading The Little Worm and the Big Lies
(This a PG-13 rated article. We purposely omitted profanity laced posts, death threats, and pictures of blood and gore because we feel that the evidence of bigotry is obvious and the need for action compelling.) By Bob Ferris In late December an “event page” on facebook was attacked. The page was celebrating a prayer vigil … Continue reading Identifying and Dealing with the Anti-wolf Forces (PG-13)
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
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 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 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
The Northern Rockies states (i.e., Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) are mostly outside what is classically defined as Cascadia. That said, the source populations of wolves that could migrate into the lower portion of Cascadia (Oregon, California and Washington) are in the Northern Rockies. Elements of the livestock and hunting communities have worked diligently to spread … Continue reading Northern Rockies Wolves
Having worked in orchards and on ranches as a child and young adult, I have a tremendous respect for the folks who actually produce our food. That respect has led me to work diligently over the years to protect farm land, working landscapes, and family farmers. But in all of this we have to be … Continue reading Let’s Talk of Wolves and Cattle but Please Include Elk, Deer, Fish, and Birds Too.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2012 For more information contact: Bob Ferris (Cascadia Wildlands) – 541.434.1463 Josh Laughlin (Cascadia Wildlands) – 541.844.8182 Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric—America’s first family of natural history asks RMEF to return to science and reason Glendale CA—The Muries—arguably America’s first family of … Continue reading Press Release: Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric