Selenium poisoning is becoming a major problem in SE Idaho-
The number of wildlife that die is unknown.
There are many abandoned and active phosphate mines in SE Idaho. A major battle to stop the expansion of one was recently lost by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. A new state of the art mine that is claimed will produce no selenium runoff at all is about to begin on the edge of the Blackfoot River. It’s the Blackfoot Bridge Mine. On the positive side, the mine will provide some public access to the Blackfoot River in a stretch where was closed (private property).
I have posted many stories about the selenium. Not many people read them. It seems a bit hard to stir up interest.
Idaho business news
Cattle deaths in Caribou Co. attributed to selenium poisoning.
by Mark Mendiola