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Friday, May 6,2011

Test vaccine shows promise for bighorn sheep

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Concerns over pneumonia transmission between wild bighorn sheep and bands of domestic sheep grazing western rangelands have plagued land managers in the Northwest for the last several years. The conflict reached a fever pitch last year when Idaho’s Payette National Forest reduced domestic sheep grazing by 70

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Friday, May 6,2011

Utah wades into Wild Lands dispute

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Turbulence surrounding Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s controversial Wild Lands policy only seems to be increasing, and now the big dogs are beginning to enter the fray. On April 29, the state of Utah announced it is filing suit in federal court with the object of nullifying Salazar’s

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Bill would release Wilderness Study Areas

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With the ink still drying on the budget resolution that delisted wolves and temporarily defunded Wild Lands two weeks ago, Republican congressmen have advanced new legislation that considerably raises the stakes in the ongoing wilderness debate. A bill introduced to Congress on April 15 would order

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Riding the grub line across the U.S.

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The average chuck wagon cook in the 1800s served up beans, meat, bread and taters. Dessert was as scarce as a day off. The "wagon," following the cowboys and cattle across rangelands, was home. Today, Charlie Ferguson from Torrington, WY, is the archetype of his wagon cook predecessors. Rising at

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Friday, April 22,2011

’Tis the season for anthrax vaccine

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
A wet spring can be a mixed blessing. While it gives crops and forage a head start, it can also pave the way for a silent killer—anthrax. Anthrax spores can lie dormant in the soil for years, causing no problems for the animals that graze there. It can lie in wait for 70 years or more, impervious to heat and

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Friday, April 22,2011

Gray wolves to be delisted within 60 days

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a double win for ranching and recreation interests, Congress last week passed a budget measure that included a rider removing the majority of gray wolves within the Northern Rocky Mountain region from the endangered species list, as well as a second provision which stripped the controversial Wild Lands policy of funding until

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Friday, April 15,2011

Idaho Legislature passes emergency wolf bill

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
One of the Idaho Legislature’s final actions before adjourning an 88-day session in Boise on April 7 was to enact a wolf emergency bill that would authorize Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to recruit law enforcement officers to help reduce the number of controversial predators in the state. Idaho livestock ranchers, big game hunters and outfitters have complained

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Friday, April 15,2011

Drought sparks worst fire season in Texas history

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
On Monday, April 11, the Swenson Fire, having burned six days in Stonewall, Knox and King counties in north-central Texas, was contained. The previous day, the Texas Forest Service stated, was the single worst day in documented Texas history for wildfires. The first four months of 2011 in Texas have seen hundreds of fires in the state that’s

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Thursday, April 7,2011

Wolf depredation facts, tips for Montana ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With all the back and forth on the endangered status of wolves, it’s no wonder that some ranchers may be scratching their heads over what steps they need to take if they suffer depredation from wolves. In Montana, the situation isn’t made any easier by the fact that there are two separate recognized wolf

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Thursday, March 31,2011

Oregon judge will allow grazing after all

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Circumstances have changed yet again for roughly 15 ranchers who graze their cattle on Oregon’s Malheur National Forest (MNF), this time for the better. In an order issued on March 16, U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty modified the injunction he imposed at the end of 2010, a change that will allow most

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