Bear Hunting Altered Genetics More Than Ice Age Isolation

The genetics of bears apparently has been changed more over time by hunting and other human activities than by natural macro-changes like ice ages.

 Story in Science Daily. 

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IDFG announces public meetings on Idaho Wolf Management Plan

UPDATE – The hours for the hearing in Jerome ID have changed to 6 – 9 PM. Also note that the current understanding is that no verbal comments are going to be taken at these meetings.

Originally, a meeting in Boise was set for this Thursday in Boise from 5 – 8 pm – announcement was to be issued yesterday (11/26) at 4 pm – that’s a 3 day notice for an issue as important and controversial as Idaho’s management of wolves.

This is no longer the case.

A cynic might wonder whether IDFG is genuinely interested in a full and complete public involvement. I guess that makes me a cynic on this one.

Following a complaint expressing concern with IDFG’s tendency to give relatively inconspicuous notice of opportunities for public involvement posted mere days before being held, a new schedule was agreed upon for meeting locations, dates, and times throughout the state of Idaho :

News Release
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
600 South Walnut
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707-0025

“To Preserve, Protect, Perpetuate”

Contact: Niels Nokkentved 208-334-3746
For Immediate Release

Fish and Game Sets Public Meetings on Wolf Management Plan

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Agencies that manage Yellowstone bison plan public meeting in Bozeman Dec. 4

The National Park Service, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [APHIS],  Forest Service, Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold this meeting. Story.