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Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Steve Daines sold out in record time

Well, it didn't take Mr. Daines long to sell out Montanans...

http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php/state-chapters/montana-bha/mt-bha-news/895-montana-sportsmen-stung-by-daines-reversal-on-public-land-sales

From the article:

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana sportsmen are strongly questioning U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for supporting a controversial amendment that would enable the sale of America's public lands.

Daines cast the deciding vote late Thursday that resulted in the Senate's 51-49 approval of Amendment 838. The amendment allows the federal government "to sell or transfer to, or exchange with, a State or local government any Federal land that is not within the boundaries of a National Park, National Preserve, or National Monument." Both Republicans and Democrats opposed the amendment.

Statistics: Posted by DanS — Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:38 pm


Author: DanS
Posted: March 29, 2015, 2:38 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Wolf-critic Bill Hoppe is back at it?

I have wondered if a good prosecuting attorney was so inclined if a case against him could not be built for the damage he has caused; something along the lines of depraved indifference. His actions seem to be deliberate.

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:45 am


Author: Connie
Posted: March 26, 2015, 2:45 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Wolf-critic Bill Hoppe is back at it?

I spend time up in Gardiner and Beatie Gulch area when visiting YNP. Isn't ironic that near Aldridge there is a creek ironically and very sadly named "Hoppe Creek." A tribute to who and what??............Sounds like the creek needs and deserves a new name with newly designated road signs! I suggest that "Wolf Creek" is a fitting tribute. See how many signs can be killed versus all treasured native wildlife. The wolves and elk, and yes the sheep, will work it out just as nature has always dictated. However, the mortality of "Wolf Creek signs" fka Hoppe Creek is an entirely different question. Hoppe Creek and map references deserve better.......

Statistics: Posted by TNBob — Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:13 pm


Author: TNBob
Posted: March 26, 2015, 5:13 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Wolf-critic Bill Hoppe is back at it?

Timely article - love the last line in it...
http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/opinion/columnists/the_new_west_todd_wilkinson/dead-bighorns-blamed-on-livestock-disease/article_e9d6c6a7-8944-513a-8254-ead781cbbbc6.html


“In Bill Hoppe’s case, we have an individual who has made part of his living profiting off public wildlife from our first national park,” Hockett says. “Other people with the same privilege would show some respect and appreciation for what they’ve been given — and behave responsibly. If you can’t be a good neighbor to Yellowstone wildlife, then you’re living in the wrong place.”

Statistics: Posted by Colorado_Dave — Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:48 pm


Author: Colorado_Dave
Posted: March 25, 2015, 10:48 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Wolf-critic Bill Hoppe is back at it?

Looks like Bill Hopppe's domestic sheep helped destroy some more of the Gardiner area Bighorns...

http://www.yellowstonegate.com/2015/03/pneumonia-kills-dozens-of-bighorn-sheep-north-of-yellowstone-park/


Wildlife officials in Montana remain concerned about an ongoing pneumonia outbreak among bighorn sheep near the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, and have canceled the lone permit that would have been issued for a fall sheep hunt in the area.

The move came after wildlife biologists conducted an aerial survey Sunday of the area near Gardiner, Mont., just outside Yellowstone’s North Gate.

After counting 89 healthy sheep last year, Sunday’s count yielded 55 sheep, as well as another dead animal and a number of sick ones, according to a statement released Monday by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

So far, at least 34 sheep from the herd have died from the pneumonia outbreak that began late last year, marking a loss of nearly 40 percent of the herd in the Gardiner and Cinnabar areas.

“The disease event is not over yet,” said Karen Loveless, a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife biologist in Livingston.

Wildlife officials in December said it was impossible to detect the exact source of the outbreak. But wild bighorn sheep can be highly susceptible to respiratory illnesses transmitted by healthy domestic sheep who are resistant to the diseases. State wildlife officials said in December that wild and domestic sheep had been present in the same general areas at that time.

Statistics: Posted by Colorado_Dave — Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:49 pm


Author: Colorado_Dave
Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:49 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

Arted wrote:
Peter Murray sells a map of the Northern Tier. Most (but not all) of the places mentioned in the posts here are listed on the map. Contact him at: pmwm12@gmail.com, or google Peter Murray Emigrant MT.


Thank you. I found the map PDF online and read about the map. I want to buy one. I just emailed Peter with a question.

Statistics: Posted by dagobah — Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:49 am


Author: dagobah
Posted: March 23, 2015, 3:49 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

Peter Murray sells a map of the Northern Tier. Most (but not all) of the places mentioned in the posts here are listed on the map. Contact him at: pmwm12@gmail.com, or google Peter Murray Emigrant MT.

Statistics: Posted by Arted — Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:10 am


Author: Arted
Posted: March 23, 2015, 2:10 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

Dave Parker wrote:
Most places that the regulars refer to, you will never find on a map, they have taken to naming certain areas of the park with their own titles and it takes years to sometimes figure out exactly where they are referring to.

dagobah,

What Dave said here is entirely true. Most of the popular names for places amongst those that frequent the park are not names you will ever find on a map because they aren't official names of locations. Mom's ridge, Dave's Hill, Peregrine Hills are simply not things you are going to find on a topo map.

S_Egbert's wolf locations link is a good place to start for some of these though.

Statistics: Posted by DanS — Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:58 am


Author: DanS
Posted: March 23, 2015, 11:58 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

dagobah wrote:
DanS wrote:From my understanding, Peregrine Hills are the isolated hills in Little America (East of Jct Butte/West of the Lamar River bridge/downstream from the Slough & Lamar confluence) north of the road and on the south bank of the Lamar River. Also, if you're on Facebook you should be able to get a message to Deby from the link above.

Thanks for the quick reply. I'm not on Facebook, along with Doc Holliday and a few other rebels who still don't have an iPhone or do this thing called texting..


Deby Dixon is a member on here so you could try sending her a private message. She hasn't signed in for awhile but she should get an email notification that she has a private message.

You could also try contacting her through her website as it has a contact tab.
http://runningwolfnaturephotographybydebydixon.zenfolio.com/

Deb

Statistics: Posted by Deb1741 — Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:04 pm


Author: Deb1741
Posted: March 22, 2015, 10:04 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

This map seems to confirm what DanS wrote, as well as many other locations. Peregrine is one I had not heard of before either.
Wolf Locations Yellowstone
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=zm32gkI6BMJ0.khVxV5_HpR1c

Statistics: Posted by S_Egbert — Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:01 pm


Author: S_Egbert
Posted: March 22, 2015, 10:01 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

dagobah wrote:
National Geographic Trails Illustrated map 304 does not show the location of the Peregrine Hills nor does my other extremely detailed topo map of Yellowstone. And I was not able to find it in the online Yellowstone Wiki. For me . . . . . . . it's like the phrase Little America . . . . . . it's just not an official feature on the map.



Most places that the regulars refer to, you will never find on a map, they have taken to naming certain areas of the park with their own titles and it takes years to sometimes figure out exactly where they are referring to.

Statistics: Posted by Dave Parker — Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:39 pm


Author: Dave Parker
Posted: March 22, 2015, 8:39 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Former Junction Butte Alpha Female 870F has Passed

DanS wrote:
From my understanding, Peregrine Hills are the isolated hills in Little America (East of Jct Butte/West of the Lamar River bridge/downstream from the Slough & Lamar confluence) north of the road and on the south bank of the Lamar River. Also, if you're on Facebook you should be able to get a message to Deby from the link above.

Thanks for the quick reply. I'm not on Facebook, along with Doc Holliday and a few other rebels who still don't have an iPhone or do this thing called texting.

Your verbal description explains where the Peregrine Hills are. Thank you for the details. It's going to be a good day today because I started it off with learning this little tidbit of info.

National Geographic Trails Illustrated map 304 does not show the location of the Peregrine Hills nor does my other extremely detailed topo map of Yellowstone. And I was not able to find it in the online Yellowstone Wiki. For me . . . . . . . it's like the phrase Little America . . . . . . it's just not an official feature on the map.

Statistics: Posted by dagobah — Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:01 pm


Author: dagobah
Posted: March 22, 2015, 8:01 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Ranchers Find Ways to Live With Wolves

DUNOIR VALLEY – Mountains cradle the Diamond G Ranch in northwest Wyoming. A long, dirt road winds from a two-lane highway into the ranch where cows graze in the summer and elk wander during the winter.

A two-story barn towers over stables and a few nearby houses. It feels safe, protected by the snowcapped mountains that stand guard in the distance.

But over those peaks almost 20 years ago came a threat Jon and Debbie Robinett couldn’t prepare for.
<snip>
It may sound counterintuitive, but cows, Jon said, can learn how to scare away a pack of wolves.“We were sitting here one day, and there were 200 cows in that pasture,” he said, standing by an electric fence surrounding pasture in the DuNoir Valley. “Seven wolves came in there, and not one or two cows, but all 200 of them chased them through the fence. The wolves were looking at them like that wasn’t supposed to happen.”
<snip>
“We lost 61 calves that first year. The next year we lost 56, the next 53,” he said. “The longer the cattle were exposed to predation, the fewer we lost. This year we had one wolf kill, one bear kill and two missing calves.”

The wolves seem to feed mostly on elk now.

More:
http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/ranchers-find-ways-to-live-with-wolves-despite-deaths-of/article_626f3111-aa53-53c5-8b00-664a59c895e4.html

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:09 pm


Author: Connie
Posted: March 22, 2015, 7:09 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Dark Ages Mentality Holds Bison Hostage

If a single common denominator emerged from state legislative sessions in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho this year — and let’s throw in Utah for good measure — it’s that radical lawmakers still dwell in a pre-Galilean world in which any science that doesn’t revolve around their narrow construct of reality is rejected.

<snip>

One bright exception in our return to the Dark Ages is that Yellowstone National Park and the state of Montana have begun a two-year process of rewriting an antiquated bison management plan that went into effect 15 years ago. The notorious current plan, which has been explained as the National Park Service having a gun held to its head by livestock interests, resulted in thousands of park bison being needlessly slaughtered — 9,000 in all since the 1980s — each death premised on a myth.

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/opinion/columnists/the_new_west_todd_wilkinson/dark-ages-mentality-holds-bison-hostage/article_4a70f4f6-e2fd-5888-93da-1d846dc35020.html

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:41 am


Author: Connie
Posted: March 22, 2015, 6:41 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: GTNP: Most Wildlife Citations Given to Hunters

Colorado_Dave wrote:
There are about 700-750 elk permits issued per year. You are required to have a permit to be hunting in the refuge.
The season typically lasts about 2 months.
Each year, more than 300,000 people visit the National Elk Refuge according to the refuge.

So what you guys are saying is that it shouldn't seem unusual for those 700 hunters (0.23%) to rack up 66% of the citations given to all visitors to the area, and they do so in 60 days??? WOW! :shock:

Dave,

I think you have to take into consideration Wyo & Dave Parker's comments about the type of citations. Obviously that data is unavailable to us. What I can verify from my experiences is that NPS Rangers treat the vast majority of park visitors with kid gloves when it comes to potential tickets. I would estimate about 1 in 10 vehicles stops ended in a citation. I don't even want to speculate how few tickets are issued for people caught feeding wildlife. Bears or wolves would be ticketed at a higher rate than most animals of course but it can be just as damaging for the individual animal.

In truth, rangers would most likely drop a citation on hunters even if they made an honest mistake.

Also what Connie had in her OP about "wildlife-related incidents that deserved tickets", might not include all traffic tickets. Which would most likely also account in part for how unbalanced these figures look.

Statistics: Posted by DanS — Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:29 am


Author: DanS
Posted: March 22, 2015, 6:29 pm

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