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4/30/08 Gun regulations in national parks: Open for public comment (and confusion): Changing existing regulations would only create a visitor and law enforcement bureaucratic nightmare, says coalition (press release by The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, Association of National Park Rangers, National Parks Conservation Association)
4/30/08 Spring fishing report (by Bob Jacklin)
4/29/08 Bison can thrive again, study says (press release by Wildlife Conservation Society in
4/29/08 NPS Retirees oppose proposal changing common-sense gun rules in national parks (press release by The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees)
4/28/08 Twelve conservation groups challenge federal wolf delisting (press release by Earthjustice, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, The Human Society of the United States, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands Project, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Project)
4/28/08 Groups sue to overturn removal of Greater Yellowstone wolves from endangered species list (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/28/08 Toyota announces $5 million grant to national park support organizations for environmental leadership programs: Grands will hance national park environmental education programs; donation of 23 vegicles will extend the national parks program reach (press release by Toyota in PrimeNewswire)
4/25/08 Four Yellowstone projects awarded federal matching funds (press release by National Park Service)
4/25/08 A letter on bison management (letter from MT Governor Brian Schweitzer to Jax)
4/25/08 Mike Jimenez goes to work for Wyoming on wolves (by Ralph Maughan)--also, on Ralph's site, check out this discussion on environmental ethics
4/24/08 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
4/24/08 Yellowstone snowmobile season ends--response to new legal threats (press release by BlueRibbon Coalition)
4/24/08 Close on the heels (by Yellowstoner)
4/23/08 NPS helps fund grazing restriction & bison access agreement (press release by National Park Service)
4/23/08 Buffalo Allies of Bozeman is born; mission adopted (by Buffalo Allies of Bozeman in Bozeman Activist Central)--I'm very excited we reached consensus on these issues tonight; check it out and get involved!
4/23/08 Why native Yellowstone bison stay in the park: Elusive mountain bison fear humans but face more intrusion on shrinking range (press release by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)--while I don't accept the sub-species classifications based on genetics, very interesting nonetheless, and Bob Jackson's pdf paper that goes with this answers many of my concerns
4/22/08 Universities, agencies collaborate on Atlas of Yellowstone project (press release by University of Oregon in The Earth Times)
4/18/08 Game on! (by Yellowstoner)
4/17/08 Yellowstone bison plan management activities (by Interagency Bison Management Plan team in
The Magic of Yellowstone)--(see pdf). I want to thank Buffalo Field Campaign for forwarding this along. According to this, 1,436 indeed are alive. However, they have told BFC that they miscalculated and that the total is 2,300. According to the press conference, apparently the bison slaughter is over for the season (though hazing will continue). The bison deaths, however, are not, as winter continues.
4/17/08 "Historic" deal with church bad for wild bison: Millions spent but slaughter will continue (press release by Buffalo Field Campaign)
4/17/08 Groups hail agreement, affirm million dollar pledge (press release by Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association, and National Wildlife Federation)--the anger I feel toward these groups is immeasurable
4/17/08 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--1601 killed; but more alarming, BFC is claiming that NPS is now saying there are only 1,436 buffalo left (can that be right?!)
4/17/08 Governor, Park Superintendent, Church president announce RTR agreement (press release by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer in Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News)
4/17/08 National Park Service helps expand bison range north of Yellowstone National Park (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)--I have written an angry comment to this news and a message to the mainstream environmental groups that have sold the buffalo out
4/16/08 Important bison news release (media advisory by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and National Park Service in Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News)--speculation is that CUT is selling their cattle and being bought off, but the rest of the plan's details are murky
4/16/08 Park roads from West Yellowstone & Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Canyon & Norris open Friday (press release by National Park Service)
4/16/08 Bear #399, and other grizzlies, are on the prowl in Grand Teton National Park (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/15/08 National Geographic & region partners launch Greater Yellowstone project (by Montana Business)
4/15/08 The real Yellowstone spring (by Yellowstoner)
4/12/08 Druids den near traditional den site (by Ralph Maughan)
4/11/08 Heavy snow breaking plows in Yellowstone (by Ralph Maughan)
4/16/08 NRDC proposes a way out of needless buffalo slaughter: Call for governor and buffalo managers to stay out of calving grounds (press release by Natural Resources Defense Council)
4/10/08 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--the disaster only gets worse; 1510 now killed; counting quarantine, the total is now 1/3 of the entire herd. Others are being held; there are still some hard weeks ahead at Horse Butte. The winter has taken hundreds more.
4/10/08 Bozeman activist group meeting notes April 9, 2008 (by Bozeman Activist Central)--new group has chosen to focus on Yellowstone buffalo and will be meeting next Wednesday, April 16, 7 PM at the Student Union Building; I facilitated this first meeting, and I am very excited and impressed with the knowledge and commitment of the people in this new group to this issue.
4/10/08 Emergency rule sought to stop Park Service slaughter of wild bison in Yellowstone National Park (press release by Animal Welfare Institute and Buffalo Field Campaign)
4/9/08 Yellowstone takes additional steps to mitigate brucellosis transmission risk & conserve bison population (press release by National Park Service)--absurd
4/9/08 Buffalo Field Campaign update; over 1,400 Yellowstone wild buffalo slaughtered (interview of Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign, by George Cadman, Free Radio Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz IMC)--with audio
4/9/08 Xanterra Parks & Resorts offers wide range of options to make Yellowstone National Park a "drive-to," but not a "drive-through" destination (press release by Xanterra Parks & Resorts in TravelVideo.TV)
4/7/08 Meeting this Wednesday, April 9th at 7PM (by Bozeman Activist Central)--next planning meeting on buffalo and other Bozeman issues at MSU's Student Union; help organize!
4/7/08 Yellowstone feeding bison multiplies next year's problem: Park baiting buffalo to corrals violates its own "do not feed wildlife" policy (press release by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)
4/4/08 Releasing of the buffalo spirits ceremony: Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation keeper of the white buffalo calf pipe calls for prayer ceremony in Yellowstone National Park April 15, 2008 (press release by Buffalo Field Campaign)
4/3/08 GAO report shows Yellowstone bison plan has stalled out: Key findings show lack of progress and no accountability (press release by National Parks Conservation Association and Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
4/3/08 Former National Park directors: Loaded guns are a bad idea: Former National Park Service directors send letter of concern to Interior secretary Kempthorne (press release by National Parks Conservation Association)
4/3/08 Yellowstone bison: Interagency plan and agencies' management need improvement to better address bison-cattle brucellosis controversy (by U.S. Government Accountability Office)--here is a link to the pdf
4/3/08 GAO investigation finds fault with agencies, bison management plan (press release by Buffalo Field Campaign)
4/3/08 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--unfortunately the record kill count keeps rising; now at 1356
4/3/08 Former National Park Service directors urge Interior secretary to keep guns out of parks (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)--also includes a pdf of the letter
4/3/08 GAO finds fault with management plan for Yellowstone National Park bison (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/2/08 Bison: Can't leave park, can't escape slaughter: Record number of bison slaughtered around Yellowstone National Park (press release by Defenders of Wildlife)--where have you been Defenders on the buffalo? Seeing their action call replicated online seems nice except it has the ring of a fundraising ploy; money better spent on groups that actually are taking action on buffalo
4/2/08 Read our new article on plants exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide (by Mike Tercek Yellowstone Specator)--pdf of article is at Yellowstone Science
4/2/08 Stop the brutal slaughter of Yellowstone's wild buffalo! (press release by Natural Resources Defense Council)
4/1/08 Teton Park road opens for spring activities (press release by National Park Service in Grand Teton National Park News Releases)
4/1/08 New license plate for Montana: Let the Buffalo Roam: Bison advocate can use vehicles to voice support for wild bison in Montana (press release by Buffalo Field Campaign)--also announce that the buffalo kill count has risen to 1302
4/1/08 Wolf 253M gunned down for fun near Daniel, Wyoming (by Ralph Maugan)--former beta male of Yellowstone's Druid Pack
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4/30/08 Suit filed against state wolf plans (by Kevin Bottrell The Torrington Telegram--WY)
4/30/08 Lonely Planet's national parks guides relaunched (by The Canadian Press)
4/30/08 Energy leasing advances: Controversy fails to stop Bridger-Teton (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/30/08 Probable livestock depredation in Madison Valley (by Karin Ronnow Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
4/29/08 Bison could make comeback (by Andrea Thompson LiveScience)
4/29/08 Yellowstone bison slaughter halted, meat distributed to food banks (by Lucia Stewart New West)
4/29/08 Yellowstone bison population halved (by UPI)
4/29/08 Conservationists pursue legal protection for Northern Rockies wolves (by Environment News Service)
4/29/08 Suits target wolf killing (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
4/29/08 Sage grouse protection considered (by Billings Gazette)
4/29/08 Groups sue over delisting of wolves (by Cory Hatch and the AP in Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/29/08 Cubin asks for $3.8M for Jackson tech firm (by Noah Brenner Jackson Hole News and Guide)--retiring U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (R)--WY is also asking for $3.1 million for a Grand Teton land purchase (35 acres) and $800,000 to upgrade seismic monitoring stations in Yellowstone
4/28/08 Where the buffalo roam--and die (by CNN)--with video
4/28/08 Environmental groups sue to reverse wolf delisting (by Peter Metcalf New West)
4/28/08 Rocky Mountain gray wolf killings prompt lawsuit (by Reuters)
4/28/08 US pressed to put wolves back on endangered list (by AFP)
4/28/08 Park needs $4M to keep pass open (by Carole Cloudwalker Cody Enterprise)
4/28/08 Unearthed: News of the week the mainstream media forgot to report (by Huffington Post)--see "Killing Buffalo"
4/28/08 Yellowsotne National Park was on fire in 1988 (by John Sherer KBZK--MT)
4/28/08 The buffalo fight back (by Adrian Jawort Indian Country Today)
4/28/08 Wolves face pressures from hunters (AP story in Billings Gazette)
4/28/08 Mars photos appear to show dry hot springs (by Marc Kaufman The Washington Post)
4/27/08 FWP to delay opening of four wildlife management areas in Southwest Montana (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
4/26/08 Wild bison herds can withstand losses, park says: State, federal agencies have stopped sending animals to slaughter (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/26/08 Wolf suit on Monday (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/26/08 Yellowstone to get $1.4M for projects (by Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/25/08 Wyoming official: No agreement on Sylvan Pass (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
4/25/08 Billings Food Bank buys 3,200 pounds of meat at 55 cents per pound (by Brett French Billings Gazette)--Yellowstone buffalo meat available at Montana Food Bank starting in May! "And coming from the park, there's no pesticides, no herbicides and no chemicals." Fanatastic! Just a microscopic chance of undulant fever, right?
4/25/08 Bears searching near homes for food sources (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/25/08 Sylvan Pass safety measures could approach $4 million (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
4/25/08 National parks land grab (by Kat Kerlin News & Review--NV)
4/24/08 Does mountain bison still roam Yellowstone? (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/23/08 Readers sound off on removal of wolf from endangered list (by Ray Grass Deseret Morning News--UT)
4/23/08 Forest urged to OK commercial guides: Shoshone officials say study needed to prevent overuse (by Ruffin Prevost Billings Gazette)
4/23/08 Gov: Forest deal 'suspect': Federal government gave energy company broad influence over study of wyo. Range (by Noah Brenner Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/22/08 Oregon leading Yellowstone atlas project (AP story in KXMC--ND)
4/22/08 Grand Teton going green (by Billings Gazette)
4/22/08 Environmental group bashes lack of charges in wolf kill case (AP story in The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/21/08 Grizzlies roaming Old Faithful for food (by KIFI--ID)--with video
4/21/08 Environmentalists want to establish wolf panel (by KIFI--ID)--with video
4/21/08 Message calls for honoring Mother Earth (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/19/08 Tester discusses energy options (by Bill Vander Weele Sidney Herald--MT)--Jon Tester (D)--MT is a U.S. Senator
4/19/08 2,400 Yellowstone bison now dead (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)--according to Darrell Geist of Buffalo Field Campaign, the NPS has now counted 1,950 alive, many just barely. They then assume a few hundred as under count. With a storm coming and winter still gripping Yellowstone, this is horrible news.
4/18/08 YNP officially opens for summer season (by Montana's News Station)--misleading; a lot of park roads still closed
4/18/08 Forest Service plans sale of land in town (by David Warner West Yellowstone News)
4/18/08 Stagecoaches head back to town (by Carol Hoffmann West Yellowstone News)
4/18/08 Deal will save some bison near Yellowstone from slaughter (by Francisco Vara-Orta Los Angeles Times)--"some" is very generous; even the 25 won't necessarily be safe the next year
4/18/08 YNP West Yellowstone entrance opens (by Montana's News Station)--snowstorm coming this weekend, however
4/18/08 Deal will allow bison in Montana to use winter grazing area (by Dan Frosch The New York Times)--very misleading headline
4/18/08 Yellowstone deal helps bison (by Ona Zachary eFluxMedia)--another very unfortunate headline
4/18/08 Yellowstone bison agreement provides additional habitat (by Lucia Stewart New West)--another one for which I had to comment under the article; if you break this down, what habitat is actually provided and for whom?
4/18/08 Deal opens corridor to bison (by Jackson Hole News and Guide)--look very closely at this horrible deal; it's not the good news that it seems (almost all the buffalo killed this winter would be killed under the new plan, and the rest? Look closely.)
4/18/08 Numbers could point to disease spread shift (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
4/18/08 Elk testing shows disease spike (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
4/18/08 Yellowstone bison get more room to roam (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--first print confirmation of NPS claim of 2,300 bison left (more than half are now gone)
4/18/08 Senators seek to compensate owners for livestock killed by wolves (by Great Falls Tribune)
4/18/08 Federal funds could cover wolf kills (by Jared Miller Casper Star-Tribune)
4/18/08 Yellowstone fly fishing (by The Salt Lake Tribune)--1st story
4/17/08 Wyoming wolf--'once in a lifetime' (by Joy Ufford Sublette Examiner--WY)
4/17/08 Yellowstone bison deal opens new access to land (by Associated Press)
4/17/08 Tester pushes to compensate livestock owners for wolf kills (by Montana's News Station)
4/17/08 Deal could limit killing of park bison: Purchase of grazing rights from CUT ranch would create corridor for migrating animals (AP story in Billings Gazette)--ummm, not really; the devil is in the details. This looks like a political stunt; we'll see.
4/17/08 Yellowstone Park to open some roads Friday: Strong demand from international visitors follows record year (by Ruffin Prevost Billings Gazette)
4/17/08 Some Yellowstone Park roads reopen (AP story in Montana's News Station)
4/17/08 Warden finds dead wolf (by Billings Gazette)--near Gardiner
4/17/08 New group for habitat (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)--will have event at Grand Teton NP
4/17/08 Park bison get a little more space to roam (by Peter Vandergrift Livingston Enterprise)--2nd story
4/16/08 Lakota pipe keeper performs ceremony (by Peter Vandergrift Livingston Enterprise)--1st story
4/16/08 Bison deal expected as church sells cattle (AP story in KXMC--ND)--this is not necessarily the good news that it seems to be, though some will disagree
4/16/08 American Indians honor spirit of bison (AP story in Helena Independent Record)
4/16/08 Can wolf hunting help conserve the species? (by Peter Metcalf New West)
4/16/08 Buffalo spirits honored in ceremony (by Jodi Hausen Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--I attended this ceremony and also wrote about it; note the number of killed is almost 1,600 now
4/16/08 Buffalo requiem: Indian ceremony honors slaughtered bison (by Brett French Billings Gazette)--just a small quibble on numbers; a couple times I counted between 100 and 110 in the circle
4/16/08 Change in bison policy comes slowly (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/16/08 National Geographic project puts focus on greater Yellowstone area (by Amy J. Tripe Casper Star-Tribune)
4/16/08 Photogenic grizzly family making last show together: Grand Teton biologist says mother No. 399 is likely to send her cubs off on their own in a few weeks (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/15/08 American Indians honor the spirit of dead Yellowstone bison (AP story in Montana's News Station)
4/15/08 National Geographic Yellowstone map project (by Penny Preston KULR--MT)--with video
4/15/08 Shoshone Forest to resume plan revision (by Billings Gazette)
4/14/08 Sen. Barrasso addresses outdoors issues at SF&W convention (by Anthony McConnell Cody Enterprise)--Wyoming senator calls again for East Entrance to remain open in winter
4/14/08 Local couple have special bond with Yellowstone (by Lora E. Ide in Star-Banner--FL)
4/14/08 Winney skeptical on Wyoming Range bill (by Jackson Hole News and Guide)--Bill Winney is a Republican running for Congress
4/13/08 In the West, a fierce battle over wolves (by Kirk Johnson The New York Times)
4/12/08 Delisting could keep wolves from spreading (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--looks like Mike Stark has an AP gig?
4/12/08 Cowboys get in tune with Yellowstone: Cornerstone of American West, park lends itself to lyrics (by Ruffin Prevost Billings Gazette)
4/12/08 'People shouldn't be alarmed' (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)--on Wyoming wolf kills
4/12/08 Heavy snow breaking plows in Yellowstone (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)--note the incorrect opening date for some of the park's interior roads
4/12/08 Buffalo spirit rite in Yellowstone Tuesday (by Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/12/08 Alltel moves proposed Gardiner cell tower site (by Michael Becker Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
4/11/08 Emergency petition urges end to Yellowstone bison killing (by J.R. Pegg Environment News Service)
4/11/08 Spring plowing underway in Yellowstone (by Montana's News Station)
4/11/08 Yellowstone roads opening in coming weeks (AP story in KTRV--ID)
4/11/08 Pregnant bison kept penned up (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/11/08 Feeding policies promote bison's return, group says (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/11/08 Alltel agrees to move cell tower (by Billings Gazette)--some very good news on an otherwise bleak day; congratulations to Gardiner residents who fought on this
4/11/08 Let wolf plan work itself out, observers say: Pace of wolf kills has alarmed some since Wyoming took over management duties (by Ruffin Prevost Billings Gazette)
4/11/08 2008 buffalo death toll highest in a century: Critics: Slaughter is "brutal and unnecessary" (by Dan Shapley thedailygreen)
4/11/08 Groups: Stop bison slaughter (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/11/08 Cubin blasts House conservation measure (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)--Barbara Cubin (R)--WY is a U.S. House Representative not running for re-election
4/10/08 Emergency petition filed to stop Yellowstone bison slaughter (by Jay Kohn KTVQ--MT)
4/10/08 Groups decry Yellowstone bison slaughter (by Associated Press)
4/10/08 Yellowstone bison and the fate fo the Royal Teton Ranch lease (by David Nolt New West)
4/10/08 Park places priority on pregnant bison (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)--the incoherence goes on; last night, our new Bozeman group has chosen to be a group that focuses on Yellowstone buffalo
4/10/08 Bison calving season starts in Yellowstone (by Montana's News Station)
4/10/08 Yellowstone bison (by Nick Lough KULR--MT)--with video
4/10/08 One Montana wolf killed since delisting (by Karl Puckett Great Falls Tribune)
4/10/08 2 dogs dead after wolves attack near Ashton (by Nate Eaton KIDK--ID)--with video
4/10/08 Yellowstone Park focus of songs (by Billings Gazette)
4/9/08 Effort launched to save park's cutthroat: Trout Unlimited allies with agencies, MSU for intense study (AP story in Billings Gazette)
4/9/08 At least 10 wolves killed in management area: 4 deaths came after attack on calves near edge of game zone (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune in Billings Gazette)
4/9/08 Outdoor groups line up behind mining reform: House has passed its bill; Senate works on its version (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/8/08 Why the buffalo can't roam (by Evelyn Schlatter High Country News)
4/8/08 Wyoming issues first permits to kill wolves (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/8/08 Best flow in years predicted for most streams (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
4/8/08 In Northern Rockies, wolves raising howls (by John Gramlich someone please stop the cliche headlines?
4/7/08 Four wolves killed for livestock depredation (by Cat Urbigkit Pinedale Online!--WY)
4/7/08 Bison management reaction (by Scott Beadle KULR--MT)--with video
4/7/08 Wolf's death stirs fears for species' fate: Utahns mourn loss of 253M; advocates heat up criticism of delisting (by Patty Henetz The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/7/08 Wolf leader nearing finish line (AP story in Billings Gazette)
4/7/08 Season total: 605 inches (by Michael Pearlman Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/6/08 Yellowstone grizzlies denning later (by Cathy Ellis Rocky Mountain Outlook--Canada)
4/6/08 Bison management under fire (by Scott Beadle KULR--MT)--with video
4/6/08 Wolf hunters urged to use restraint (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune in Billings Gazette)
4/5/08 Wolf fan wants Wyoming boycott (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/5/08 Former chiefs: Keep park gun ban (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
4/5/08 Snowfall at 599 inches and counting (by Michael Pearlman Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/4/08 New Sylvan Pass talks set (AP story in KIFI--ID)
4/4/08 Return of the Teton Dam? (by Francisco Tharp High Country News)
4/4/08 First Western wolves shot: Well-known Yellowstone wolf among 4 killed (by Jason Kauffman Idaho Mountain Express and Guide)
4/4/08 Officials confirm wolf trapped in Utah one of 4 legally shot dead in Wyoming (by Patty Henetz The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/4/08 Energy money secures sage grouse easement (by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. Jackson Hole News and Guide)
4/3/08 Wolf kills two ewes near Pray (by Peter Vandergrift Livingston Enterprise)--2nd story
4/3/08 GAO says Yellowstone bison management comes up short (by Sally Schuff Feedstuffs)
4/3/08 More bison sent to slaughter (by Billings Gazette)
4/3/08 Yellowstone winter visitation rises (by Billings Gazette)
4/3/08 Group offers rancher incentive (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
4/3/08 Wolf backers to aid ranchers (AP story in Billings Gazette)
4/3/08 Shop's business grows despite remote locale (by Brett French Billings Gazette)
4/2/08 Will ranchers bite? (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
4/2/08 Report faults bison slaughter program (by Associated Press)
4/2/08 Wolf trapped in Utah one of 3 shot dead, source says: Retired professor says he has reliable information that 253M is among trio (by Patty Henetz The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/2/08 Gray wolf restored in Rockies, states take over now (by Great Falls Tribune)
4/2/08 Cougar mom adopts pair of orphaned male kittens: Researchers say the mixed family of six cats could be a first in the world of cougar research (by Cory Hatch Jackson Hole News and Guide)--along the Gros Ventre River
4/1/08 Hyalite road closed to motorized use (by Montana's New Station)
4/1/08 Researchers await wolverine DNA results (by Greyson Howard Sierra Sun--OR)--probably not from Yellowstone
4/1/08 Post-delisting wolf kills begin (by Chris Merrill Casper Star-Tribune)
4/1/08 Airport picks half-pipe for runway (by Thaddeus P. Rumknuckle Jackson Hole News and Guide)--guess what day it is?
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4/30/08 The big bad wolf: In the Rockies, man's hatred and fear of the species is on display again (by Gary Ferguson in Los Angeles Times)
4/30/08 Half the buffalo; all the problems (by Louisa Wilcox, Natural Resources Defense Council)
4/30/08 Yellowstone's 1988 fires were the signal fires for climate change (by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman)
4/30/08 Grizzlies, eagles, and snow! (by Rob Miller)
4/30/08 Bad wolf coverage (by Tim Baldwin in Pinedale Roundup--WY)
4/30/08 Seven calculated choices to make your career leap like a geyser (by Karla Brandau Healthy Welathy 'n Wise)--hmmm
4/29/08 Half of Yellowstone's bison dead (by Backpacker Magazine)
4/29/08 State management of wolves recipe for conflict (by George Wuerthner New West)
4/29/08 Restore wolf protections: Conservation groups ask court to halt killing (by The Register-Guard)
4/29/08 Will bitter wolf hunters turn to religion or guns? (by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman)
4/29/08 Wolves, wolves, wolves, wolves! (by Rob Miller)
4/29/08 Interior officials want to allow concealed carry in the national parks (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/29/08 Wolf delisting lawsuit has begun (by David King)
4/29/08 Final blog (by Michael Renauer Cyborg Campfire: Ethics and Technology)--satire, one hopes
4/29/08 Bison, elk and bears might be cute, but these videos and statistics from national parks suggest caution (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/29/08 Yellowstone's bison herd cut in half (by Jason A. Hendricks)
4/29/08 Don't halt states' wolf management plans (by Casper Star-Tribune)
4/29/08 Exam day (by Laelaps)
4/28/08 Wolves! (by Rob Miller)
4/28/08 Today's adventure (by Bill and Cap)--working for Xanterra this summer
4/28/08 Yellowstone halts bison slaughter (by The Land Report)
4/28/08 Bison conservation takes step in right direction (by Tim Aldrich Great Falls Tribune)--another salvo fired by the enviro groups invested in this terrible deal
4/28/08 Yellowstone vacation (poetry (?) by Marvin)
4/27/08 Park deal is expensive nonsolution for bison (by Joe Gutkoski, American Buffalo Foundation, in Billings Gazette)
4/27/08 CUT a good step management (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle, posted by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)--it's in part nonsense like this that motivated me to write my essay on ethics (against the CUT deal)
8 4/27/08 Finally ... Yellowstone (by Bill and Cap)
4/26/08 Wolves an inseparable, complementary part of the community of life (by Kirk Robinson, Western Wildlife Conservancy, in The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/26/08 'Want' vs. 'need,' 'can' vs. 'should' with the wolves (by John Harrigan in The Union Leader--NH)
4/26/08 Yellowstone part one (by Brett Copeland)
4/26/08 National Parks Week: Perfect time to assess the "state of the parks" (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/25/08 Remembering the buffalo (by Mary Ann Melton)
4/25/08 Yellowstone (by Alan Sullivan)
4/24/08 Wyo Range environmental study should start over (by Casper Star-Tribune)
4/24/08 Buffalo spirits on the wind (by Louisa Wilcox, Natural Resources Defense Council)
4/24/08 Springtime in Yellowstone (by David)
4/24/08 Playing "God" in Yellowstone (by Steve Lubick in West Yellowstone News)
4/24/08 Climbers help at-risk teens reach new heights (by Wes Smalling Casper Star-Tribune)
4/23/08 Merge, remake the Forest Service (by Bill Schneider New West)
4/23/08 GYC explains value of latest agreement for Yellowstone National Park bison (by Amy McNamara, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, in National Parks Traveler)--I have given a detailed rebuttal beneath it
4/23/08 Royal Teton Ranch deal critical for Yellowstone bison (by Hank Fischer, National Wildlife Federation, in New West)--another salvo in the PR campaign of the sell out environmental NGOs passing this awful deal as a "good step" for the buffalo
4/23/08 Watch out for the Idaho Anti-Wolf Coalition (by Erin McCallum My Yellowstone Wolves--Defenders of Wildlife)
4/23/08 Lining up for a great fishing season (by Yellowstone Insider)
4/23/08 Bear aware (by Jake Nichols Planet Jackson Hole)
4/22/08 Wolves and local control (by Idaho Statesman)
4/22/08 Summer getaways: Yellowstone attracts visitors with skin-melting pool (by Natalie Dicou Daily Utah Chronicle)
4/21/08 Why buffalo and why not the CUT deal? Against utilitarianism (by
Jim Macdonald The Magic of Yellowstone)
4/21/08 The wild life and early death of 253M (by Louisa Wilcox, Natural Resources Defense Council, in Record-Searchlight--CA)
4/20/08 Farewell from the Best Fly Fishing Yellowstone team (by Best Fly Fishing fishing site up and gone with a whirl. However, I strongly disagree with the utilitarian analysis of problems in Yellowstone at the end of the farewell; while I have no interest in a Wyoming boycott (because it tactically won't work and therefore is a waste of energy), the reason for rejecting it on the basis of other bigger problems in the world misses the point; MLK said that an "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere;" and likewise, those who love Yellowstone should be extremely concerned with the current injustices in Yellowstone just as we should be celebrants of the magic that still clearly exists.
4/20/08 Photo of Horse Butte (by Ralph Maughan)
4/20/08 Trying to make sense of the bison problem (by Janet Chapple)
4/20/08 The true middle of nowhere (by Sarah)--with various degrees of "cool"-ness
4/20/08 Druid 253--rest in peace (by Kathie Lynch in Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News)
4/20/08 Recovering from Wyoming's energy bender (by Alexandra Fuller in The New York Times)
4/19/08 What does it mean to be a national park? (in Current-Argus--ME)
4/19/08 With Dems running Montana, Yellowstone bison die off (by overlander Daily Kos)
4/19/08 Yellowstone's buffalo--update (by Mary Ann Melton)--it's definitely confirmed that over half are dead; the question is whether that number rises to two-thirds or worse
4/18/08 Two women set the stage for bison deal (by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman)
4/18/08 Breaking out of winter (by Ariane Michas)
4/18/08 Every day, Earth Day thoughts to share (by Vicky Millspaugh in West Yellowstone News)--interesting, though I should note that it quotes the apocryphal sayings of Chief Seattle
4/18/08 Rumblings on the prairie (by Tom Rice)--Tom, I felt that aftershock, unfortunately (metaphorically)
4/18/08 The sorry myth of brucellosis (by The New York Times)
4/18/08 Grazing deal a tiny step toward effective bison management (by Yellowstone Insider)--even this very tepid endorsement says too much in favor of this deal
4/18/08 Deal opens up land to some Yellowstone bison: Officials praise plan as critics say it will make little difference (by Ralph Maughan)--comments on mainstream media headlines on story; praises the Billings Gazette headlines of same story
4/17/08 Yellowstone National Park bison agreement: How big a step forward is it? (by Kurt Repanshek National Parks Traveler)
4/17/08 How I love the grizzly bear (by Denise)
4/17/08 Wolf recovery turned out as planned (by Bill Schneider New West)
4/16/08 How much slaughter can Yellowstone bison stand? (by Bob Jackson in Save Feral Human Habitat)
4/16/08 Consider how wolf hunt could hurt our economy (by Todd Tanner in Missoulian)
4/16/08 Urban legend about bear spray (by Dave Smith)
4/16/08 Prayer ceremony for Yellowstone buffalo: What a blustery wind can evoke (by
Jim Macdonald The Magic of Yellowstone)
4/16/08 Time to CUT a deal: For hordes of Yellowstone bison, the difference between life and death is a herd of cattle on land owned by the Church Universal and Triumphant; buying out the church's interest might just let the buffalo roam (by Patrick Klemz Missoula Independent)--I think this is a form of extortion that gives credibility to a horrible plan
4/15/08 Is Yellowstone National Park the biggest threat to the world? (by Political Gateway)
4/15/08 Gun ban debate in national parks sure to heat up (by Dave Smith)
4/15/08 Sylvan Pass may not be closed to past workers (by Steve Torrey in Billings Gazette)
4/15/08 Jackson Hole Wyoming: From cowboys to cappuccinos (by Dena Rissman Show me the way!)
4/15/08 Spring biking in Yellowstone (by Will and Kris)
4/14/08 Let wolves live: Wyoming 'plan' is just senseless killing (by The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/14/08 Wolf management proceeds with care (by Richard Reeder Cody Enterprise)
4/14/08 The plight of Yellowstone bison (by Ralph Maughan)--saw 75 leave single file out of the park; the next day all rounded up and sent to slaughter
4/14/08 Sense of place: Understanding risks of where you live (by Susan Duncan New West)
4/14/08 Part III: Gear-jamming in Yellowstone (by Smidley)--continuing the stories
4/14/08 Bad juju and good karma (by Midge)
4/14/08 Take pride in our national parks (by Holly Moeller The Daily Targum--NJ, Rutgers University)
4/13/08 Chief White Horse's statement on the prayer ceremony (in Ecointuition)--I plan to be at the ceremony on Tuesday and hopefully can write something about it
4/13/08 The managed world: Wolves in the West (by Miriam Goldstein)
4/13/08 Spring (for a day) bike ride (by Yellowstoner)--was with the family walking through the West Entrance today; was gorgeous; saw dear friends in Bozeman out biking (also saw a buffalo outside the park struggling, another similarly with a calf--the same one as in this photo--inside the park, and too many cars finding their way in)
4/13/08 Hat's off to Yellowstone's volunteers! (by Jon Merryman)
4/13/08 Go slowly on first wolf hunting season (by Casper Star-Tribune)
4/13/08 The life and death of wolf 253M (by Franz Camenzind, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, in Casper Star-Tribune)
4/13/08 Enjoying the life we are given (by Kent Jensen)--Aubrey Haines' classic work on Yellowstone history leads this person to inspirational view of today in light of yesterday
4/13/08 Let's put an end to bison slaughter (by Peggy Jones in Billings Gazette)
4/12/08 Shrinking glaciers (by Brenton Peterson in The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/12/08 Hypocritical gun policy in national parks (by Dave Smith)
4/12/08 Yellowstone buffalo (art by Peggy Daily Painters Marketplace)
4/11/08 Boycott Wyoming (by Friederike Kolbay in The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/11/08 Killing buffalo--for nothing (by Andrew Wetzler, Natural Resources Defense Council)
4/11/08 Get bison plan on faster track (by Billings Gazette)
4/11/08 Buffalo better off with less management (by George Nell in Billings Gazette)
4/11/08 The wolves are singing (by GrandMother Singing wolf)
4/10/08 Bison mis-management plan (by jhwygirl 4&20 blackbirds)
4/10/08 Part II: Gear-jamming in Yellowstone (by Smidley)--see Part I as well
4/9/08 Happy 5th anniversary!!! (by Brock & Kim)--what the happy tale of wildlife out of the park confirms for me is that bison are still moving north just as I witnessed; another friend confirmed this as well. That's bad news for buffalo.
4/8/08 Yellowstone Falls in winter 9 x 12 oil (art by Steve Spencer)
4/8/08 Big bad wolf (by Colleen Mondor)
4/8/08 Don't be afraid of the big bad bears (by Ben Long High Country News)
4/8/08 Stop killing buffalo before it's too late (by Ann Mae Roos Billings Gazette)
4/7/08 Bighorn sheep on Rescue Creek Trail; bison moving north along park boundary (by
Jim Macdonald The Magic of Yellowstone)
4/7/08 Compromise needed on wolf population (by Reading Eagle--PA)
4/7/08 Vanities of the warmists (by Jon Caruthers American Thinker)
4/6/08 Wyoming wolf killers (by John H. Weis in The Salt Lake Tribune)
4/5/08 Back in Yellowstone (by Betty)--will try to cover worker blogs again this year
4/5/08 When protection vanishes (by The New York Times)
4/4/08 Part I: Gear-jamming in Yellowstone (by Smidley)
4/4/08 To the editor: (by Jay Moor in West Yellowstone News)
4/4/08 Yellowstone under attack (by Jax)
4/4/08 Wolf de-listing: A look at both sides of the issue (by West Yellowstone News)
4/4/08 Why do Yellowstone's bison pose such a tough problem? (by Great Falls Tribune)--good editorial
4/3/08 GAO: Bison slaughter unnecessary, wasteful (by Yellowstone Insider)
4/3/08 WTF slaughtering buffalo in Yellowstone Park?? (by Leica)
4/3/08 Why worry about bison--with a caldera there? (by H. Ronald Hartman)--ummm, yeah
4/2/08 Toward a new momentum (by Jake Nichols Planet Jackson Hole)--very interesting piece
4/2/08 Delisting is a recipe for conflict: Open season wolves (by George Wuerthner CounterPunch)
4/1/08 Yellowstone (by trb48)--innocently reports a ranger tapping a bison with his car to get it off the road, which is relatively benign compared to what I've witnessed in person and read on other blogs
4/1/08 Worst lodgings (by Kate)--a cabin in Yellowstone; heard a rumor that there were bed bugs in Grant Village also; is that true?

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