In a public listening session held Aug. 24 in Pasco, WA, officials from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service unveiled the tentative framework of their newly crafted animal and disease traceability program. The last in a series of similar meetings held around the nation, the Pasco meeting
In a long anticipated decision rendered on Aug. 4 in Missoula, MT, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy ruled in favor of reinstating federal protection for wolves in the Northern Rockies under the auspices of the Endangered Species Act.This ruling effectively returns management control of
As the Canadian gray wolf expands its territory further into the western states, many ranchers in previously unaffected regions find themselves facing a steep learning curve regarding how to manage their herds with the new threat in mind. Further complicating the issue, differing laws between states have created confusion
Late last month, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) granted authorization to representatives of USDA�s Wildlife Services Division to remove two of the wolves that have been harassing livestock in Wallowa County since last February.
In the Shasta and Scott River valleys of northern California, flood irrigation has been a standard practice for the agricultural community, in some cases for generations. However, according to the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), irrigation practices on the two rivers have
As dead calves become a more common sight in Oregon’s Wallowa County, area ranchers are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their livestock and their livelihoods. There is little doubt, they say, that wolves are killing their cattle. The Oregon Department
As the push for wind power has increased nationwide, windmills have become a common sight on western horizons. Ranchers in various regions throughout the West now find themselves carefully weighing the option of leasing their land for wind development in order to increase
A calf belonging to a Wallowa County rancher has been verified as the first confirmed wolf kill in Oregon this year, as well as the first in Wallowa County since the predator’s reintroduction in Idaho more than 10 years ago. According to reports, the calf was part of a herd
In southeastern Washington, an ongoing experimental grazing project administered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) now faces a major hurdle resulting from the decision of a Thurston County Superior Court judge.
The Idaho Wool Grower’s Association (IWGA), as well as Shirts Brothers Sheep and Frank Shirts Jr., two of the state’s larger sheep ranchers, have filed suit against the state of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG). The suit, which was filed in