Yellowstone’s Quiet Power: A Volcano Forcefully Shapes The Land, Even Between Eruptions.

This is in Science Daily (adapted from a news release issued by University of Utah.)

Yellowstone’s Quiet Power

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An amusing comment

Every so often someone drops by the blog and adds to an old thread. . . so old no one reads it. This one is so choice I thought I’d bring it forward and give it a special place of its own. This is an example of part of the problem we have in Idaho.  Webmaster.

  1. devonjmcdonald | | IP:

    i think its great seeing everyones comments on how the idaho goverment is trying to “weezle” their way to get rid of the wolves.
    hah. i think its great that people are so concerned about the wolves but id bet not a single one of these people have ever been in the frank chirch wilderness and seen how much the beuty has gone to pot even just three years ago i would hike into wood tick and see hundreds of goats , severall sheep and countless numbers of elk/deer well this year all i saw were wolves and dead elk no sheep no goats . hmm sure is great we introduced the largest wolf breed in idaho . i cant wait untill the tags go onto the market.

    Mar 1, 10:17 PM —

Tests show vexing Montana predator was a domestic wolf

Although Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took a lot of heat last year for the mystery canid that killed lots of livestock for many months in NE Montana, it turns out it was a domestic wolf that someone turned loose.

Story by Mike Stark in the Billings Gazette.

The fact that they were able to trace its genetics so clearly (basically a “mongrel” wolf) shows how much genetic data on wolves the government has, and again shows the lie about that mythic species, invented by anti-wolf folks — the terrible monster “Canadian wolf.”

Agates romp and more. Yellowstone wolf update by Kathie Lynch.

Kathie Lynch has a detailed new update of the activities of Yellowstone wolves on the northern range of the Park. Thanks Kathy!

By Kathie Lynch ©

Nine days of wolf watching in Yellowstone (Feb. 17-25, 2007) brought the reward of seeing wolves from six packs (Druid Peak, Slough Creek, Agate Creek, Oxbow Creek, Hellroaring, and Leopold). I had one three pack day, one three dog day (wolves, coyotes and fox) and saw wolves on eight of the nine days. Unfortunately, I arrived one day too late to witness the spectacle of seeing five (!) cougars, including a mother and three spotted kittens, which were visible from Hellroaring overlook.

The day I arrived was the day that Druid 302M crossed the road with his badly injured rear leg. His health and whereabouts were the focus of much interest throughout the rest of the week. When he was seen again five days later, he was able to move at a run, although the extent of his injuries could not be observed. He stayed near a carcass in the vicinity of the rest of the Druid Peak pack for several days, but we weren’t sure whether or not he actually rejoined the pack.

The Druids now number 11, including alpha 480M, alpha 569F, 302M and eight pups (four black and four gray, soon to be yearlings). Anyone who has followed 302M’s exploits over the years knows that he’s a lover, not a fighter, and can probably guess that he may have been out looking for females when he was injured. His mate from last year, 569F, is now the mate of 480M. She moved up in rank to alpha following the disappearance of last year’s alpha, 529F. Hopefully 569F will produce another litter of grandpuppies of legendary Druid 21M to carry on his legacy! Read the rest of this entry »

Wyoming Legislature passes wolf bill and sends it to Freudenthal.

At the last minute, the Wyoming passed a wolf bill. The bill would give the governor power to negotiate boundaries where the wolf would be protected somewhat in the state. Because the governor has this generic power anyway, it’s hard to say if this bill has any practical meaning.

Pete Jorgensen, D-Jackson, voted against the bill because he saw it as political posturing that gives the governor power he already had and has no effect on the delisting time line.

“I think it’s just a hokey deal,” he said. “Everyone has room to negotiate anyway, regardless of what the Legislature does.”

“I just think it’s just testosterone posturing,” he said. “I think we missed the boat when we didn’t do what Montana and Idaho did.” Both Montana and Idaho already have federally approved wolf-management plans.

Read the rest in the Jackson Hole News and Guide. By Noah Brenner and the AP