The meme spreading around social media this week of President Barack Obama defiantly standing on a doorstep while holding a bald eagle is pretty awesome, but for those of us in the wildlife conservation world, it is also rather ironic, given the way the Obama administration has been retreating from endangered species conservation in recent years. Continue reading
Playing tit for tat with an endangered species is not only unproductive; it’s petty. Yet that appears to be what the New Mexico Game Commission did last week when it declined to renew a permit that had been in place for 17 years allowing Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in the Gila mountains to assist the federal Mexican gray wolf recovery program. Continue reading
The remarkable chain of events that set the stage for gray wolves to gain California Endangered Species Act protections last week seemed, at times, more cinematic than real. Continue reading
A tongue in cheek look at the exaggerations revolving around the wolf issue. Continue reading
For a field biologist stuck in the city, the wildlife dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History are among New York’s best offerings. One recent Saturday, I paused by the display for elk, an animal I study. Like all the dioramas, this one is a great tribute. Continue reading
Michael J. Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity wrote the following editorial for the Albuquerque Journal.
This editorial takes the controversial issue and highlights issues the author sees on both sides. Continue reading
IN AUGUST 2011 Desiree Versteeg, a Dutch mortuarist, was driving home in the suburbs of Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands when she saw an animal in the road. “At first I thought it was a dog. Then I thought it was a fox. Then—I couldn’t believe my eyes—I saw it was a wolf.” She got out of the car to take a picture. “I was seven or eight metres away from him. He couldn’t get away because a fence was blocking his path. He turned and stared at me. That was a frightening moment.” Both she and the wolf fled. Continue reading
The Barbarians are at our door and they look a lot like a 14-year-old girl with a cute smile who loves country music and plays clarinet in the school band. Continue reading
Why a wolf hunt? It’s not because the wolf population is exploding and we need to “control” the wolves. No, the wolf population has remained stable, unchanged, for over 10 years, even while protected. Continue reading
In Montana and Idaho in 2009, gray wolves were prematurely removed from the federal endangered species list. The decision left these magnificent predators subject to state management plans that were crafted to satisfy hunters and ranchers rather than to protect wolves. Continue reading
Between 1972 and 1975, some very cool stuff happened. First, Skiers’ Gazette was reborn as the Mountain Gazette. The following year, Rick Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act, and, in 1974 wolves in the Lower 48 were the first species declared endangered under this bright and shiny new law. Continue reading
For eons, gray wolves roamed the northern stretches of the United States. When Europeans settled here, they systematically hunted them down until the species was perilously close to extinction. Like the grizzly bear that adorns our state flag, gray wolves were erased from every corner of California. Continue reading
John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University, leads the wolf-moose Winter Study at Isle Royale National Park.
J. William Gibson wrote the following Editorial which appeared in the LA Times. Continue reading
It’s been a little while since I last updated the site. Sure, there have been plenty of stories I saw that I could post, but it all paled in comparison to the massacre happening just north of Colorado.
[large thumbnail url=”oregons-wolf-population-agency-puts-politics-ahead-of-conservation” filename=”editorial” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”oregons-wolf-population-agency-puts-politics-ahead-of-conservation” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”03″] In The Oregonian’s Sept. 27 editorial “Howls aside, stick to the wolf plan,” the editors supported the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision to kill two of the four surviving wolves of the Imnaha Pack, arguing that if no one is happy, it must be the right call.
[large thumbnail url=”new-york-times-editorial-way-of-the-wolf-in-wyoming” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”23″] [thumbnail icon url=”new-york-times-editorial-way-of-the-wolf-in-wyoming” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”23″] Wolves remain on the endangered species list in one state: Wyoming. That protection is about to go away after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar cut a bad deal with Wyoming’s governor, Matt Mead, to turn wolf management over to the state.
[large thumbnail url=”washington-has-no-place-in-wildlife-management” filename=”editorial” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”washington-has-no-place-in-wildlife-management” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”09″] This editorial, written by Andy Snyder, appeared in the York Dispatch.