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Friday, March 25,2011

Settlement may return wolf management to states

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Department of the Interior and 10 environmental groups have reached an agreement to no longer designate gray wolves in Idaho and Montana as endangered and to allow for them to be hunted in those states. While supported by some wildlife advocates, other conservation groups oppose

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Friday, March 25,2011

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
In his forward to the 1943 edition of his book "Home Veterinarian’s Handbook," E. T. Baker, DVM, states: "An emergency has been defined as ‘a sudden condition requiring immediate action.’" His book listed over 700 subjects on what might ail a farm animal, including equine eye injuries. Baker definitely considered

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Friday, March 18,2011

House committee questions Abbey over Wild Lands

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The Department of Interior has stubbornly dug in its heels over challenges to its contentious Wild Lands Order which directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to protect lands having the "characteristics" of wilderness without the consent of Congress. Indeed, two weeks ago, Bob Abbey, director of BLM, ran a guest editorial

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Friday, March 18,2011

BeefSD helps beginning ranchers succeed

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
When you attend any gathering of ranchers, you may notice that bald and gray seem to be the trendy hairstyles. A new program in South Dakota, called beefSD, is hoping to add some younger hairstyles to these gatherings by helping less experienced ranchers get their feet in the gate of the ranching

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Friday, March 11,2011

Environmentalists speaking out for ranching

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Most ranch owners roll out of bed each morning with the intention of doing what’s right: for the cows, for the calves, and for the land they graze on. Obviously, it literally pays to be a good land steward; good grazing practices mean healthier range, taller grass, and higher weaning weights. But for most of us, doing what’s right

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Thursday, March 3,2011

BLM "accelerates"reform of horse and burro plan

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
To people in the business of working with cattle and horses, the saying "slower is faster" is a time-worn chestnut. Ramming and jamming cows can cause a wholesale run-back, ruining an hour or a day’s work. Pushing a young horse or dog too hard and too fast can cause issues that take months to undo. Sometimes

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Friday, February 25,2011

Governor ends state investigation of wolf kills

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Tensions over the relisted gray wolf were ratcheted up several more notches last week when Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer issued a blunt statement to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar blasting the government for dallying over resolving the wolf issue. Schweitzer clearly indicated that Montana will

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Friday, February 25,2011

Wolf conflict returns to northeast Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) confirmation of two wolf kills near Joseph, OR, last week marked the predator’s return to calving grounds in Wallowa County. The event also has area ranchers concerned that they may be faced with heavy livestock losses similar to those felt in

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Friday, February 18,2011

Judge allows Yellowstone bison cull to proceed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Whether more than 500 Yellowstone National Park bison should be sent to a packing plant for slaughter has turned into a legal shootout at the Stephens Creek corrals near Gardiner, MT, where the potentially infected iconic buffalo have been detained after migrating out of the park in search of food.

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Friday, February 18,2011

Judge orders remand of Nevada grazing decision

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Western Watersheds Project is on a roll. The anti-grazing group’s policy of targeting grazing permit renewals on public lands in order to curtail or eliminate livestock use has proven highly effective for the second time this year. On Feb. 11, the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals ordered the Bureau

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