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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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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 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 7,2011

Judge halts grazing on Oregon forest

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the result of a federal judge’s order, roughly 18 ranchers in central Oregon’s Grant County may find themselves with no place to turn out this summer. In a decision issued on Dec. 30, 2010, District Judge Ancer Haggerty of Portland, OR, enjoined grazing on seven allotments in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest

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Friday, December 17,2010

Judge sides with Wyoming in wolf case

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Nearly a year after the first arguments were heard, a federal Judge in Wyoming has ordered the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reexamine the validity of that state’s wolf management plan. The suit was originally brought in response to a 2008 decision by USFWS officials that called into

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Friday, December 10,2010

Wyoming sees spike in brucellosis cases

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Brucellosis, an infectious bacterial disease which commonly leads to abortion in livestock and wildlife, may be on the rise in northwest Wyoming. Animal health officials in that state confirmed infections in two separate herds in Park County in recently, and have identified a possible third outbreak in nearby

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Friday, October 29,2010

Washington ranchers provide beef for state food program

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a cooperative effort between ranchers and packers, cattle producers in Washington state are collaborating to put beef on the plates of needy families around the region. The result of this combined effort is Beef Counts, a program designed to make it easier for ranchers to donate beef to needy families through area food banks. Originally the brainchild of Boise, ID-based Agri-Beef Co., the program also involves members of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), Beef Commission, and Cattle Feeders, as well as Second Harvest Inland Northwest, which services more than 250 food banks in the region.

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Friday, October 22,2010

U.S. producers fly cattle to Kazakhstan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Last week, nearly 170 pregnant cows and heifers boarded a Boeing 747 in Fargo, ND, destined for the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan. They were the second of 12 such loads, scheduled between now and mid-December, designed to bolster the former Soviet nations ailing beef industry.

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