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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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Friday, February 11,2011

Washington pronghorn release raises concerns

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Nearly 100 Nevada pronghorn found a new home last month, relocating to the Yakama reservation in central Washington. The capture and subsequent release of the animals was the last step in a five-year effort by the Yakama Nation to return the once native species to the region. The relocation project

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Thursday, February 3,2011

Efforts against Oregon graziers persist

Angi-grazing groups file lawsuit to remove grazing on 39 USFS allotments

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Less than two weeks after a major court decision sharply curtailed public land grazing in central Oregon, two Oregon-based anti-grazing groups have filed a lawsuit that, if successful, will significantly reduce federal grazing permits in that state yet again. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), as well as

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Friday, January 28,2011

BLM rejects Pickens horse sanctuary

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Believe it or not, there are limits to what money can buy. To the well-worn short list of exceptions like "love" and "salvation," nowenters a new addition: "wild horse sanctuary." After months of review and discussion, the Bureau of Land Management released its decision Friday, Jan. 21, that it is rejecting Madeleine Pickens’ proposal

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Friday, January 21,2011

Court decision favors WWP, faults BLM

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Grazing permittees in central Idaho’s Pahsimeroi Valley will have an anxious year ahead. This is the amount of time the Challis District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office has been given by an Idaho district judge to revise their National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) analysis on reissuing four

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Friday, January 21,2011

Summit draws crowd to discuss horse slaughter, welfare

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The times, they are a changing’. At least, that would seem to be the case as regards the much ballyhooed clash over horse slaughter and horse population control. Long portrayed as a showdown between morally-outraged animal lovers and cold-hearted, money-minded profiteers, a new middle

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Friday, January 21,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
South Korea has announced it will move ahead with a plan to vaccinate all livestock in the country against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which has ravaged the nations agriculture industry. FMD has spread across the country despite more concerted quarantine measures, South Koreas Yonhap newspaper reported.

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