December 31, 2008
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Valerius Geist, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, The University of Calgary
We pay close attention to large predators. We do so because we evolved as prey. It was our ancient fate to be killed and eaten, and our primary goal to escape such. Our instincts are still shaped that way.
There is thus a reason why the bloody carnage on our highways is a mere statistic, but the mauling of a person by a grizzly is news. It’s not only that so many fossilized remains of our ancient ancestors are meals consumed by large predators in secluded caves or rock niches, but also that we speciated like large herbivores. That is, our pattern and timing of forming species, of adapting to landscapes, mimics and coincides with that of deer, antelope or cattle, but not that of large carnivores. And that despite our fondness for meat, despite “man the hunter”, and despite the fact that at least on species of humans, Neanderthal man, grew into a super predator. Read more
December 31, 2008
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On November 8th 2005 a 22-year-old honors and scholarship student in Geological Engineering, Kenton Joel Carnegie, from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, was killed in northern Saskatchewan by a pack of wolves. While he was almost certainly not the only victim of wolf predation in North America in the past century, judging from conversations with native people, and a closer review of case histories, this was the best-investigated case to date . In the process of that investigation matters were uncovered that need to be discussed as they have significant policy implications for wildlife conservation and human safety. However, we need to review what happened to Kenton Carnegie, as it is relevant to considerations following. Read more
December 30, 2008
Last week I referenced the work of Dr. Valerius Geist in my article title, “Myths of Wolf Behavior“. Below is the full manuscript with references as provided to me by the author.
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Valerius Geist, 2008. Commentary. The Danger of Wolves. Wildlife Professional Vol 2, No. 4 pp. 34-35. Winter 2008 edition. Read more
December 29, 2008
Below is a press release issued by the National Park Service on proposed alternatives to managing the elk herd within the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Available is the Draft Elk Management Plan and the Environmental Impact Statement. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be enough of the right kind of proposals being presented. Read more
December 26, 2008
I came across some very disturbing information while reading the latest edition of The Outdoorsman (Oct.-Dec. 2008 Edition, Bulletin Number 31, page 6). As part of a larger article by George Dovel called, “Lack of Integrity in State Wildlife Management”, if found this frightening bit of information. Read more
December 26, 2008
Recently the Idaho Department of Fish and Game released new information from its Elk Survival Study. This study began in 2005 when biologists radio-collared 673 female elk in 11 elk management zones across the state. IDFG personnel have been tracking the elk and collecting data about their survival and causes of death. While some news reports are saying the results show that despite the presence of wolves, IDFG is meeting their elk objectives. I have to disagree.
It seems more and more the trend, I would suppose coming from wolf advocates, to spin the facts about what effect the wolf is having on ungulate populations. It’s easy to claim that elk populations in the aggregate across Idaho are meeting “objectives”. But what is going on within some of the wildlife management areas? When you look more closely at the results being shared with the public, it is disturbing and tells a story. Read more
December 23, 2008
This edition of The Outdoorsman focuses a lot on the 20%-plus hunting, fishing and trapping license fee increase being requested by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. As is always the case, the Outdoorsman in loaded with history and facts about wildlife management. I would like to point out that even though the Outdoorsman originates out of Idaho and much of the articles and information pertain specifically to Idaho, I subscribe to it and read it regularly because it contains a wealth of information that can be applied to most any state wildlife management programs.
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Below is an article written by the editor of the Outdoorsman, George Dovel containing updated information on the Northern Rocky Mountains gray wolf. Read more
December 17, 2008
The Canada lynx has made a remarkable comeback in Maine, mostly due to natural causes coupled with the results of timber harvesting and much in spite of what some egotists think implementing the Endangered Species Act has done. That doesn’t however mean the animal shouldn’t be reasonably protected.
The lynx in Maine lives on the outer fringes of its natural range. History has shown that the lynx follows the comings and goings of the snowshoe hare, its favorite food. When the hare is abundant in Maine, the lynx begins showing up partaking of the readily available food supply. The subsequent growth after timber harvesting provides great habitat for the snowshoe hare. Read more
December 10, 2008
By Craig Gillock
Bowhunter. Thatâ€™s a word many of us use to describe ourselves. We say it with pride and conviction. It describes who we are and what we do. We wear it as a badge of honor. Why? What is it about that word and what it implies that motivates so many of us to do all the things we do? What does it mean to be a bowhunter?
The answer to that question is very complex and no one answer is enough to explain it all. Add to that the fact that bowhunting means something different to everyone and it makes the question almost impossible to answer. So with that in mind Iâ€™m going to explain what being a bowhunter means to me. Read more
December 5, 2008
What a confusing mess! I guess this is another classic example of government making shambles out of anything they touch. Idaho Department of Fish and Game in their most recent wolf report shows they have confirmed wolf kills on livestock outnumbering last year. The same report shows more wolves have been killed than last year but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in September that wolf populations were on the decline in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. So what gives?
According to IDFG, since January 1, 2008 until November 24, 2008, they have 325 confirmed kills by wolves – 100 cattle, 212 sheep and 13 dogs. For all of last year, there were 278 confirmed kills – 57 cattle, 211 sheep and 10 dogs. Can we conclude that there are more wolves? Read more