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Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: YNP Seeking Public Comment on poisoning Soda Butte Creek

While both from an angling and a biological perspective Brook Trout is my favorite fish, I am in full favor of this plan. I've heard good things about rotenone: It's a natural compound that affects mainly insects and water breathing animals and has only mild affects on other animals, and it breaks apart rapidly into organic compounds, leaving no residue. I might be wrong, but that's what I've heard.
What's tragic here is that in their native range here in the East, the brook trout are in serious trouble. In most of their native rivers and brooks, they have been outcompeted by rainbow and brown trout. With rainbow and brown being the more hardy and popular fish, wildlife agencies stock them with preference. Even in places where you do find brook trout, most of the fish are stocked on a yearly bases, depleting genetic stock of wild genes. In fact, it is common practice to fisherman that if you find a back country stream with brook trout, you keep it to yourself so other fisherman don't over fish it.

Statistics: Posted by dcerdeiras — Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:03 pm


Author: dcerdeiras
Posted: July 31, 2015, 1:03 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: YNP Seeking Public Comment on poisoning Soda Butte Creek

Good news! The plan was approved, it's pathetic that there was only 56 comments provided:
http://yellowstoneinsider.com/2015/07/29/plan-to-restore-yellowstone-cutthroat-trout-to-soda-butte-creek-approved/


Under the plan, park officials will use an EPA-approved piscicide (rotenone) to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek, upstream of Ice Box Canyon. Prior to treating Soda Butte Creek with rotenone, officials will use electroshock fishing to capture existing Yellowstone cutthroat trout and move them into an area near the Soda Butte Creek watershed. Then, when treatment is finished, the cutthroat will be returned to parts of the creek around Cooke City and Silver Gate, MT.

Before the plan went into effect, a draft Categorical Exclusion was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Public comment was sought, and the Park received 56 comments on the measure, including comments on the potential negative impact rotenone treatment might have on cutthroat populations. These comments and critiques were factored into the final plan.

Statistics: Posted by Colorado_Dave — Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:58 pm


Author: Colorado_Dave
Posted: July 29, 2015, 8:58 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

Deb1741 wrote:
JenA wrote:Holey moley. Hard to believe those folks were actually from Montana - seems like they would have had more sense.


I have many born and raised Montana relatives that have never been to Yellowstone Park. I also know a lot of people right here in Billings that have never been Yellowstone Park or seen a bear in the wild even though the park is 120 miles from Billings.

Deb

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Amazing! and a natural treasure almost right next door. By the way, the bear could easily smash in the windshield or side window. I've seen videos of bears pushing against huge steel cages (or stomping on food coolers) and they rock.

Statistics: Posted by dalite — Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:39 am


Author: dalite
Posted: July 20, 2015, 3:39 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Bear Jam Video including some tense moments

rprouty wrote:
I still believe the bears were stressed by the whole situation.

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Yes. I agree.

Statistics: Posted by dalite — Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:36 am


Author: dalite
Posted: July 20, 2015, 3:36 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Wolf Hunting Quotas Reduced Near YNP

Thanks Connie.

That's a start .... :)

Statistics: Posted by Vince — Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:15 am


Author: Vince
Posted: July 13, 2015, 2:15 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Wolf Hunting Quotas Reduced Near YNP

Wolf advocates got a small win Thursday, as wildlife officials decreased the limit on wolves taken in two Paradise Valley hunting zones.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved decreasing the number of wolves that can be killed each year in two hunting districts near the north side of Yellowstone National Park from three to two. That means after two wolves are killed, wolf hunting in those districts would be shut down.

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/wolf-hunting-quotas-cut-back-near-yellowstone/article_f5c2838b-dc8a-56b8-870c-5ebeb1628252.html

Statistics: Posted by Connie — Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:31 pm


Author: Connie
Posted: July 12, 2015, 4:31 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Bear Jam Video including some tense moments

Some work was being done on that bridge last week. One of the workers said a black bear with cubs crosses every day. We did see coys at the Yellowstone picnic area. They seem to stay in that area. There were bear jams every day near the bridge.

Statistics: Posted by mary — Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:18 pm


Author: mary
Posted: July 6, 2015, 10:18 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

Last week as we drove through the NE entrance the ranger said a park visitor just showed him a video of two grizzlies on the road just outside Silver Gate. They must have been pretty used to the traffic through that area. We didn't see a griz our whole trip. Bummer!

Statistics: Posted by mary — Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:13 pm


Author: mary
Posted: July 6, 2015, 10:13 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

JenA wrote:
Holey moley. Hard to believe those folks were actually from Montana - seems like they would have had more sense.


I have many born and raised Montana relatives that have never been to Yellowstone Park. I also know a lot of people right here in Billings that have never been Yellowstone Park or seen a bear in the wild even though the park is 120 miles from Billings.

Deb

Statistics: Posted by Deb1741 — Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:23 pm


Author: Deb1741
Posted: June 30, 2015, 3:23 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

Being from Montana, really has no bearing on how much knowledge you have about wildlife, in the last 10 years the influx of people moving here from other states has been pretty high and back in my teaching days, it is amazing how many actual born Montanans have very little knowledge about wildlife.

As the summer wears on, I suspect at the least that bear will be at least moved, most likely the bear will be put down because he shows no fear of humans. Breaking in to cars is exactly what we are trying to keep from happening. Bears in Glacier and Yellowstone have not figured that one out quite yet and we don't want them to, that would lead to a whole new set of regulations that people won't follow.

It is a shame that the parks are so popular now, that quite a bit of the wildlife is loosing or has lost its fear of humans.

Statistics: Posted by Dave Parker — Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:42 pm


Author: Dave Parker
Posted: June 30, 2015, 2:42 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

Holey moley. Hard to believe those folks were actually from Montana - seems like they would have had more sense. Why didn't they honk the horn or just drive slowly away???? Yeah, seems like a bad end in store for that bear, and pity the folks in a car when a window or door aren't fully closed and the bear discovers how to get in. Creepy.

Statistics: Posted by JenA — Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:35 pm


Author: JenA
Posted: June 30, 2015, 1:35 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

Not good. Sadly I fear this bear could likely have a bad future.

Statistics: Posted by Straight Arrow — Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:55 pm


Author: Straight Arrow
Posted: June 30, 2015, 12:55 am

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Grizzly Bear on top of car

I believe I'd want more between me and the bear than that piece of window glass! He obviously isn't shy of people.

Statistics: Posted by larryrainey — Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:37 am


Author: larryrainey
Posted: June 28, 2015, 4:37 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Grizzly Bear on top of car

The other day on Billings Q2 news station they had a report on a Laurel family video taping a grizzly bear just outside of Cooke City. My take on the bear is that someone has been feeding it from a car as its behavior is not normal. Has anyone seen this bear or know about its history?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38MtFToNPns&feature=youtu.be

The shorter Q2 report (background information and shorter video).
http://www.ktvq.com/story/29420790/watch-bear-tries-to-take-a-ride-on-laurel-familys-car

Deb

Statistics: Posted by Deb1741 — Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:24 am


Author: Deb1741
Posted: June 28, 2015, 12:24 pm

Yellowstone Related News and Politics • Re: Lamar Canyon Alpha Male wolf 925M injured UPDATE: deceas

Talking about middle-of-the-night forays to the restroom my wife once got up to head to the restroom at a Lake Tahoe campground quite a few years ago and before she reached the restroom she saw a black bear raise its ominous head inside a five foot tall garbage can, the kind of can picked up by big trucks. The garbage can was right outside the restroom.Needless to say, she quickly retreated to our tent trailer.

Statistics: Posted by dalite — Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:59 pm


Author: dalite
Posted: June 27, 2015, 4:59 am

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