New Expanded story. Federal judge says gray wolf hunts can continue. Good chance plaintiffs may win in the end. By Matthew Brown. AP
9/10. Wolf hunt will go on for now, court says. But the judge who made the decision hints the animals may eventually be returned to the endangered species list. By Rocky Barker. Idaho Statesman.
9/10. Views from Montana. Judge OKs wolf hunt, questions delisting. By Daniel Person. Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer
My opinion. Maybe one good thing will come out of the recession . . . an end to the “war on drugs” and all the economic, social, and physical damage it has caused. I’m glad to see some drug users are now being released from prison because there isn’t enough money to keep them there.
In the meantime you do have to be careful in the backcountry in seldom traveled places where there is water, not too high elevation, and soil deep enough to grow marijuana. Pot plantations are a lot more common in places like SW Oregon and northern California than Idaho. Essentially all public officials in the northern California counties have found they need to make peace with what has become a significant part of their economy.
Pot growers in Idaho backcountry. By Kay Moeller. Idaho Statesman.
I do think the increase in backcountry growing is mostly due to the recession. Some people who can’t find a job or one they see as acceptable, probably see growing as a profitable alternative to the economic system that threw them out of work.