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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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Thursday, March 31,2011

Idaho’s needy counting on beef, ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In this modern age where most everything seems to be bought and sold, good old-fashioned neighboring remains one of the cornerstones of ranching culture. This spring, thousands of brandings will be attended by neighboring ranchers and cowboys who will gladly put in a hard day’s work for no more pay than a hamburger

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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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