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Friday, December 23,2011

Court order allows wolf pack to continue depredations

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The killing of two cows by wolves along northeast Oregon’s Imnaha River last week brings the official count of wolf related livestock deaths in Wallowa County to 20 head since March of last year, and is the sixth such event following the issuance of...

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Friday, December 23,2011

Tracking beef’s shrinking footprint

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A new study in the Journal of Animal Science documents the shrinking environmental footprint of beef over the past 30 years.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Washington cattlemen oppose state wolf plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the gray wolf expands its territory in the Northwest to previously unaffected areas, controversy over the species between ranchers and wildlife agencies is also spreading. In Washington, a petition filed with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has brought the debate to the nation’s northwest corner.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Montana ranchers, groups threaten to sue DEQ

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Throughout western history, the success of a ranch has depended heavily on its access to reliable supplies of stock water. Without this resource, few ranches can remain viable.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Oregon grazers at odds with agency over restoration project

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
For ranchers grazing their cattle on portions of central Oregons Malheur National Forest (MNF), the past few years have been characterized by uncertainty.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Oregon governor signs wolf compensation bill

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With the addition of his signature on Aug. 2, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken the final step in the ratification of a bill authorizing the use of state funds to compensate ranchers and other landowners for losses incurred as a result of wolf depredation. Known as the Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence Act

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Friday, August 12,2011

USFWS reaches agreement with Wyoming concerning wolf plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
After four years of negotiations, debate and litigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the state of Wyoming have at last reached an agreement that may allow the state to begin managing its wolf population. Announced on Aug.

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Friday, June 3,2011

Rustling on the rise in central Idaho

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Whether the result of a struggling economy, or simple greed, instances of cattle rustling are on the increase in several western states. In few places is this more apparent than in central Idaho, where a sharp rise in the instances of apparent theft have led ranchers to band

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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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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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