Stephen Colbert analyzes the NASA director’s view on global warming, and related agencies

You may be amused.

I tell my students you will learn more of what’s going on by watching the “fake news” by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than watching Fox News, CNN, etc.

Recent stories about the bison issue near West Yellowstone

This came from a Buffalo Field Campaign news release today.

Buffalo in the News
6/5/07 LTE: Golden Pen Award ~ Right a wrong, preserve wild bison.
Billings Gazette (Montana)http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/06/03/opinion/letters/46-golden.txt

6/5/07 LTE: Bison wrong target for DOL slaughter.
Billings Gazette (Montana)http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/06/03/opinion/letters/50-wrongtarget.txt

6/4/07 Officials hopeful they won’t have to truck renegade bison
Billings Gazette (Montana)
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/06/04/news/wyoming/15-bison.txt

6/2/07 Montana, under pressure, to take bison back to Yellowstone
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/02/us/02bison.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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Gov. Freudenthal asks Congress to keep alive late Senator Thomas’ bill to save Wyoming Range from the drillers.

Freudenthal: Keep Thomas’ proposal alive. Before his death, senator worked on Wyoming Front bill. Billings Gazette. By The Associated Press.

Hopefully for the great scenery and wildlife in the area, this plea will turn out to be more than an nice sentiment upon the death of Senator Thomas.

The Exterminators (about Wildlife Services)

The Missoula Independent takes a look at Wildlife Services, formerly more transparently named Animal Damage Control (and earlier misnamed the Biological Survey). Wildlife Services is the federal government’s killer of “problem” wildlife. They have been controversial for years, with major opposition emerging to them among scientists as early as 1930.

It is their preemptive (non-targeted killing) that most people find most offensive. In some cases they are beginning to use non-lethal methods of preventing or stopping damage done by wildlife, but there is also a strong backlash among their constituency — ranchers — who would like to see more animal carcasses.

No all ranchers like Wildlife Services, so among ranchers the greatest support comes from the sheep farmers.

The Exterminators. By Jessie McQuillan. Missoula Independent.

No more brucellosis found in Montana cattle; bison herd remains inside Yellowstone

The repreive given the bison has worked so far,  and no more brucellosis has been found in testing of cattle around Montana.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it is never determined how the cattle at Bridger, Montana got brucellosis.

Story in Billings Gazette. By Jan Falstad

Wild Bill: The Sage Grouse Dilemma

Bill Schneider writes about the dilemma wildlife managers have in conserving the sage grouse, a species that absolutely depends on large, and largely undisturbed tracts of sagebrush for survival.

It it clear the energy companies are driving the beautiful bird to extinction and the ESA clearly should stop them. However, these are the oil companies — the people who stage coups in foreign lands, extract obscene profits from hard pressed drivers, and support and are supported by people like Dick Cheney. Are state wildlife managers going to stand up to them?

 The Sage Grouse Dilemma. New West. By Bill Schneider.

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