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Friday, January 27,2012

Western ranchers favor aerial hunting to protect herds

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Defenders of Wildlife is promoting enactment of the Protect America’s Wildlife Act of 2009, introduced by U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein and Rep. George Miller, both D-CA, which would close a loophole in the Aerial Hunting Act of 1971 that’s designed to put an end to aerial hunting by private citizens.

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Tuesday, December 27,2011

Fracking pits ag against oil and gas

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Reacting to the EPA report, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said the report was scientifically questionable. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said new EPA rules restricting fracking could devastate the economic recovery of his state, where about 3,000 wells use fracking.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Year ends with cattle on feed 4 percent

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
USDA’s Dec. 1 cattle on feed report showed the nation’s feedlots, over 1,000 head, held 4 percent more cattle than a year ago at 12.1 million head. This is the second largest number on record, and analysts are suggesting that cattle on feed numbers has reached its seasonal peak.

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Friday, November 11,2011

MT trich discussions cause controversy

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Montana Board of Livestock is expected to decide at its Nov. 14-15 meeting in Helena whether to make major changes in the way the Treasure State manages trichomoniasis, or “trich,” a venereal disease that causes cattle to abort their calves and costs ranchers large losses of revenue.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Judge restores grazing on Jarbidge allotment

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A J.R. Simplot Company spokesman welcomes a federal judge's ruling that overturns a ban on livestock grazing on some southern Idaho public lands and that states limited grazing could benefit the lands by reducing kindling that stokes wildfires.

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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, 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, February 18,2011

Judge allows Yellowstone bison cull to proceed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Whether more than 500 Yellowstone National Park bison should be sent to a packing plant for slaughter has turned into a legal shootout at the Stephens Creek corrals near Gardiner, MT, where the potentially infected iconic buffalo have been detained after migrating out of the park in search of food.

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Friday, August 6,2010

Idaho officials get first-hand look at grazing lands

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho Wool Growers Association conducted a July 19 tour of rangeland grazed by 35,000 sheep and 12,000 head of cattle north of Soda Springs to show the state’s leaders firsthand that well-managed livestock do not harm the environment and provide an economic boost to

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Friday, July 30,2010

Congress revives Beef Caucus meetings

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson expects the recently revived U.S. House Beef Caucus to meet soon in Washington after a lapse into dormancy. Elevating awareness of issues that impact the beef, cattle and ranching industry will top the 25-member caucus’ agenda.

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