May 19, 2019

The Deer Didn’t Get The King’s Message

The king spoke and so he shut down that part of government that he thought would piss off the subjects the most. It seems to have worked. He targeted the military veterans and outdoor people, most of whom he couldn’t get to vote for him if he was actually Hillary Clinton’s illegitimate son.

But, did the lordship’s animals get the message? Apparently not.



RMEF Grants to Benefit Idaho’s Elk Population, Habitat and Wolf Management

MISSOULA, Mont.–Grants and funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will go toward the reestablishment of healthy elk habitat and populations, and directly bolster wolf management practices in Idaho.

The RMEF grants and additional funding total $223,943 and directly affect Bear Lake, Blaine, Bonneville, Boundary, Caribou, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah and Shoshone Counties. There are also several projects of statewide interest.

“It’s no secret elk populations and habitat declined over the last few decades in north-central Idaho. RMEF is stepping up funding and research efforts and working with our partners to address improvements,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We are also increasing our efforts to assist and strengthen the state’s wolf management program.”

Allen also thanked RMEF’s Idaho volunteers for their dedication with banquet activities and membership fundraising drives for raising the grant funding which stays on the ground in their home state.

RMEF grants will help fund the following 2013 projects, listed by county:

Bear Lake—Treatments to prevent the expansion of noxious weeds within two areas covering 150 acres on the Montpelier and Soda Springs Ranger Districts of the Caribou National Forest (also affects Caribou and Bonneville counties).

Blaine County—Prescribed burning on 2,400 acres in the Upper Little Wood River area of the Sawtooth National Forest to improve elk winter range by reducing the density and competition from smaller trees and promoting the growth of large Douglas fir trees, expanding and regenerating aspen stands, and providing a more diverse sagebrush community.

Bonneville County—Provide funding for a video highlighting the importance of the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area (TCWMA) for elk and other species that will be used as part of effort to secure a TCWMA mitigation trust fund in perpetuity. To see the video, visit the URL below:

Boundary County—Prescribed burning on 800 acres within the Deer Creek drainage, a tributary of the Moyle River, on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest to improve habitat and winter and summer elk range as part of a multi-year project that also benefits mule and whitetail deer, moose and grizzly bears.

Clearwater County—Provide extensive landscape restoration of early-seral habitat in north-central Idaho’s Clearwater Basin to restore healthy forage and elk populations (also affects Idaho County); and implementation of a monitoring program in the Clearwater Basin to increase habitat and elk populations by establishing a land use habitat matrix to be used as the foundation for management and monitoring of elk, applying the new OR-WA elk nutrition and habitat models, and capturing and collaring wild elk (also affects Idaho County). The project includes funding from the Torstenson Family Endowment, which is used solely to further RMEF’s core mission programs of permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.

Idaho County—Prescribed burning to improve forage quality on 800 acres of Bureau of Land Management land within the Bally Mountain Vegetation Management Project area; and provide funding for noxious weed treatment on 160 acres to enhance forage for elk on private land protected with an RMEF-held conservation easement above Clear Creek.

Latah County—Provide funding for the RMEF Palouse Whitepine Chapter to host an Outdoor Dream Foundation moose hunt for a 12-year-old boy from Utah born without a left ventricle in his heart.

Shoshone County—Prescribed burning to create or enhance 2,000 acres of winter and summer habitat in the Upper Coeur d’Alene River Basin on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest as part of a multi-year effort positively affecting nearly 13,000 acres.

Statewide—Provide funding to the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council –an association of approximately 30 hunting, fishing and trapping organizations in Idaho– which reviews issues in the legislature, Idaho Game and Fish, IDGF Commission and other agencies that affect sportsmen and women while dealing with Chronic Wasting Disease, game farms, habitat concerns, fishing and hunting access, big game tag availability and other issues; offer $50,000 in funding assistance to IDGF for Idaho’s wolf management efforts, and provide funding for the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts which is a group of 19 separate nonprofit land trust organizations and two local and state government-sponsored programs working on private land conservation and voluntary conservation agreements throughout Idaho.

Conservation projects are selected for grants using science-based criteria and a committee of RMEF volunteers and staff along with representatives from partnering agencies.

Partners for the 2013 projects include the Caribou, Idaho Panhandle and Sawtooth national forests, as well as the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, various sportsmen’s organizations and a private landowner.

Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 425 different conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Idaho with a combined value of more than $52 million.


Spotlight on Nasty Parasites: Echinococcus granulosus

Did you know that some dogs might have a tapeworm in their small intestine that can cause the development of large cysts in people’s livers, lungs, and brains? This is not very common in the United States currently, though there are cases reported periodically (2), but in some areas of the world it is a huge problem. An infection that can spread from animals to humans or vice-versa is called a zoonotic infection.<<<Read the Rest>>>


Neospora caninum and Wildlife

Bovine neosporosis caused by Neospora caninum is among the main causes of abortion in cattle nowadays. At present there is no effective treatment or vaccine. Serological evidence in domestic, wild, and zoo animals indicates that many species have been exposed to this parasite. However, many aspects of the life cycle of N. caninum are unknown and the role of wildlife in the life cycle of N. caninum is still not completely elucidated. In North America, there are data consistent with a sylvatic cycle involving white tailed-deer and canids and in Australia a plausible sylvatic cycle could be occurring between wild dogs and their macropod preys. In Europe, a similar sylvatic cycle has not been established but is very likely. The present review is a comprehensive and up to date summary of the current knowledge on the sylvatic cycle of N. caninum, species affected and their geographical distribution. These findings could have important implications in both sylvatic and domestic cycles since infected wildlife may influence the prevalence of infection in cattle farms in the same areas. Wildlife will need to be taken into account in the control measures to reduce the economical losses associated with this important disease in cattle farms. <<<Read the Full Report>>>


Canadian Woman Recovering From Black Bear Attack

A Peterborough, Ontario woman is recovering after being attacked by a black bear. The woman was taking a walk with her two dogs near their camp. Her dogs eventually chased the bears away. And, just as the animal rights perverts would have it, it appears the family has decided not to return to their camp anytime soon.




Colorado Man Attacked by 3 Coyotes

A Colorado man who appears to live in a Denver, Colorado suburb of Niwot, was attacked by three coyotes while walking to work in the darkness. He fought off the canine attackers with a flashlight he was carrying.

I wonder what the “dog song” was these nasty varmints were singing?

The map below shows the general area of suburbia where the attack took place.

75th Ave. Niwot, colorado - Google Maps 2013-10-19 08-58-54


Rescheduling Mexican Wolf Hearings


Depending on the hearing dates schedule, we can still request an extension of the written comments.


A public hearings on two proposed rules: (1) Proposal to Remove the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) by Listing it as Endangered; and (2) Proposed Revision to the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf was scheduled to be held in Albuquerque, NM on 04 Oct 13. Due to the recently ended government shutdown this hearing was cancelled. We are currently in the process of rescheduling hearings for Arizona and New Mexico. As soon as information is available on the new locations and dates for the hearings we will send out an updated email and news release. In addition, we will continue to update our websites with current information.

At this time, comments on these proposals are being accepted through October 28, 2013. For more information or for links to submit comments on the Gray Wolf delisting proposal go to To learn more on the Mexican wolf proposal go to and click on the link 2013 Proposed Revision to the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf.

Jonathan Olson
Environmental Planning Consultant

Mexican Wolf Recovery Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Bears And Fat People

The poster below reminds me of an old story and is actually somewhat depicted in this very poster. Two men were out fishing. They had caught several fish, when from out of the brush came a grizzly bear. At first they thought the bear just wanted their fish but when they began to run, the bear chased them.

The two men were side by side running as fast as they could. One man asked the other, Do you think we can outrun that bear?”

The second man replied, “I don’t know but from my perspective I think all I have to do is outrun you!”



The Most Important News Story of the 21st Century

*Editor’s Note* – I place this and sometimes other stories on this website for the enjoyment of readers in order that they can disseminate as they wish.

What is the most important news story of the 21st century? I think I know what it is and can also tell you that the vast majority of the world’s citizens, our elected leaders, and most in the mainstream media who should be telling us about it, haven’t the slightest clue what it is.

There are many candidates for the title. For example, what is more important than the latest Middle East conflict, more important than Iran and North Korea with ‘the bomb’, more important than the declining influence of the US on the world scene, more newsworthy than the next intractable, deadly virus? What could possibly be more important than the out-of-control US debt, more scary than residual Fukushima radioactive waste. Aside from some unpredictable astronomical event that takes place every few million years or so, what could be more unnerving than the possibility of the next global economic collapse, more treacherous than the Chinese trying to kill the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency, or more important than who the next leaders of the USA, China, and Russia will be?<<<Read the Rest>>>


Could Widespread Tapeworm Infestation Destroy Life In The Northern Rockies?

Published in 1963, Farley Mowat’s book, “Never Cry Wolf”, probably did more than anything written before or since to spread and perpetuate the misconception that wolves only kill the old, the sick, and the weak – making herds healthier. While published as a true story, the book has been proven to be pure fiction, in which the author wrote himself into the lead role, as a research scientist sent alone into Canada’s wild north to determine if wolf predation was the cause for the dramatic loss of hundreds of thousands of caribou.

In reality, he was the junior member of a research team, which indeed did come to the conclusion that the herds were being decimated by wolves. However, in his fictitious story, Mowat reached a completely different finding. He blamed the loss of the great herds to the spread of diseases and parasites – and there is likely some truth to that. What he failed to share was the origin of all those cysts found on the internal organs of the caribou he claimed to have dissected. <<<Read the Rest>>>