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Friday, October 30,2009

Idaho wolf hunters fill quotas

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho Fish Game Department (IFG) has decided to shut down three of 12 wolf hunting zones because hunters in those zones are reaching their quotas. The department is allowing for a total of 220 wolves to be killed across the state, but the three zones are approaching the states legal limits.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wolf hunt near Yellowstone halted

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Montana wildlife commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to halt gray wolf hunting in a wilderness district near Yellowstone National Park after nine of the predators were killed within three weeks of a special hunt’s early season start, including four members of a Cottonwood pack familiar to tourists.

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Tuesday, September 29,2009

Grizzlies returned to endangered list by judge's ruling

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho livestock spokesmen and a Wyoming Game and Fish official say a U.S. federal judge's Sept. 21 ruling to relist about 600 Yellowstone grizzly bears as endangered will allow the grizzlies to expand their range and further reduce grazing allotments for cattle and sheep on federal lands.

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Friday, September 18,2009

After 75 years, Idaho market remains vital for cattlemen

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Every Friday, Cole Erb finds theres no end of activity at the Blackfoot Livestock Auction that he bought in southeast Idaho nine years ago. Not only can cattle be heard bellowing in the scores of sorting pens outside the main building, ranchers eager to get the best deals on livestock are busy chattering inside.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Idaho congressman welcomes wolf decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, discussed wolf management with new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US- FWS) Director Sam D.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Wolves kill 120 sheep in a single incident in Montana

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jon Konen was unloading lambs for sale at Billings, MT, on Sunday, Aug. 16, when he got a frantic call on his cell phone from a son who remained behind at their ranch near Dillon, MT, to tend to their livestock there. Dad, weve got a heck of a mess up here! his son exclaimed.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Idaho fights to keep brucellosis-free status

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Dr. Bill Barton, Idahos state veterinarian, expects to conduct two meetings in Idaho this month to help ensure the state remains brucellosis-free despite bordering Yellowstone National Parkthe last U.S. reservoir of the disease that can cause spontaneous abortions in livestock, wild elk and bison.

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Monday, August 31,2009

Oregon officials collar another wolf

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Eastern Oregon ranchers are feeling uneasy now that a second female with pups has been collared in the area. In late July, a female wolf, with two or three young pups, was collared by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officers in the remote Salt Creek region near the Imnaha River in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Wolf hunters line up for Idaho tags

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jeff Siddoway has a personal stake in hoping Idaho hunters will be able to kill 220 gray wolves when the states hunting season for the marauding carnivores tentatively begins on Tuesday, Sept. 1. For the St.

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Thursday, July 3,2008

Can cattle be selected to reduce pinkeye incidence?

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Can cattle be selected to reduce pinkeye incidence? Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers. Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes. Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and, eventually, even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions. One of the culprits that initiates and spreads eye problems between herds and among herdmates is "pinkeye," or more properly called Infectious Bovine Keratoconjnctivits (IBK). An excellent Oklahoma State University fact sheet about the prevention and treatment of "pinkeye" is available online at: http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2689/VTMD-9128web.pdf. Iowa State University (ISU) animal scientists analyzed field data from ISU herds and cooperator herds in 2003 and 2004. They sought to estimate the genetic measurements that could aid in the selection of cattle resistant to IBK. They found a decrease in weaning weight of 20.9 pounds per calf infected with pinkeye. The analysis of the field data revealed an estimate of 0.18 for heritability of resistance to pinkeye. This estimate is considered to be of low to moderate heritability, which indicates that slow to moderate progress can be made based on selection for IBK resistance. It does mean that, over time, if we select replacements from cows that are not prone to having eye problems (especially pinkeye), we should be able to gradually reduce the incidence of pinkeye in our herds. They also studied the immune components involved in eye disease defense mechanisms. Tear samples were collected from the eyes of 90 calves in 2004 in order to quantify immunoglobulins (commonly called antibodies). The result of this analysis indicated that as the amount of Immunglobulin A in the tears increases, the likelihood of infection and/or the severity of infection decreased. This information would suggest that properly fed, properly immunized cattle, with a strong immune system will be more resistant to pinkeye. — Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cattle Reproduction Specialist

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