It could be another big forest fire year in much of the West

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Ask Zimo: Officially, there are no grizzlies in Central Idaho

Pete Zimowsky, outdoor writer for the Idaho Statesman, deals with the persistant rumor that there are grizzly bears in Central Idaho.

Ask Zimo: Officially, there are no grizzlies in Central Idaho.

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Bison pushed back into Yellowstone

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Article in Billings Gazette. The Gazette article gives the standard line, meaning it doesn’t mention there are no cows near West Yellowstone for the bison to infect with brucellosis.

Below is the story as seen by the Buffalo Field Campaign. “Livestock Interests Spin Lies to Public, Media; IBMP Agencies Again Break ‘Tolerance’ Agreement.’ ”

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2007
Contact: Stephany Seay (406) 646-0070

WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA. Today, the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service abandoned their short lived adherence to the adaptive changes to the Interagency Bison Management Plan by hazing nearly all of the buffalo that are currently in Montana back into Yellowstone National Park, including very pregnant females and many newborn calves.

According to a DOL press release issued by the Montana Dept. of Fish Wildlife and Parks, the DOL’s new public relations agency, the purpose of the hazing operations is to “limit the risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle”. However there are no cattle currently present in the West Yellowstone nor will any cattle arrive for well over a month.

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DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie MacDonald resigns a week prior to her scheduled congressional testimony

Accused by many of rewriting and manipulating scientific data on endangered species, the controversial MacDonald has resigned eight days before a Congressional oversight committee hearing on political interference by Bush Administration officials in scientific decisionmaking.

Story from Science Blogs. Julie MacDonald quits

Story from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Interior Official Who Censored Federal Scientists Resigns But Political Interference Remains a Serious Problem, Scientist Group Says.

My blog has a number of earlier stories about her that you can find using “search.”

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