Yellowstone Park’s goal is to boost native fish

Park hopes to reduce invasive trout species

The only native trout in Yellowstone National Park are Yellowstone and Westslope Cutthroat, and Arctic Grayling. Over the years those species have been reduced in population due to competition, predation, and hybridization due to other introduced trout.

Lake trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout have become well established throughout the Park and now the Park Service is developing a Native Fish Conservation Plan which they hope will reduce their numbers and increase the numbers of native cutthroat and grayling. Right now the plan is in the scoping phase so you can find out more about it here: Native Fish Conservation Plan/EA Project Home Page

Yellowstone Park’s goal is to boost native fish
Billings Gazette

Yellowstone Cutthroat © Ken Cole

Yellowstone Cutthroat © Ken Cole


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Hyenas’ Laughter Signals Deciphered

The laugh tells other hyenas the animal’s social status, age, health, and just plain identity-

It also has many other uses such as the recruitment of allies and warning.

Hyenas’ Laughter Signals Deciphered. ScienceDaily.

At U.S. dinner tables, food may be a fraud

Food and Drug Administration pressured to combat rising ‘food fraud’-

This is a little bit marginal to what we usually discuss (well maybe not), but it is certainly irritating to the consumer. Fraud also puts pressure on the honest producer to cut corners or worse.

“Organic foods” are also of no guarantee if fraud is allowed to flourish.

FDA pressured to combat rising ‘food fraud.‘ By Lyndsey Layton. Washington Post Staff Writer

“Wolves at the door: Wallowa County [Oregon] ranchers face their worst fears”

Terrible! Terrible! The vicious beasts actually dug up the carcass of a dead cow-

Wolves at the door: Wallowa County [Oregon] ranchers face their worst fears. By Kathleen Ellyn. Wallowa County Chieftain.

According to this reporter, not only did the bad wolves dig in a rancher’s bone pit, they left big scary tracks in the snow. And some squirrel hunters saw a pack of wolves right out in the open, up in a canyon, right in the middle of the day!!!!!!

While these horrible events were going on, some 60 silly local people were watching the film, the Lords of Nature, explaining that wolves might actually be good to have around.

Note: I understand this newspaper’s stories are only on-line for a week. So the link might disappear. That would be too bad because this story is remarkable for trying to make something out of nothing.

Protected Forest Areas May Be Critical Strategy for Slowing Climate Change

This may be one of the most cost-effective ways of slowing climate change-

I should add, however, that I think we will find that treating areas with other kinds of land cover the right way might prove to be very important too.

Protected Forest Areas May Be Critical Strategy for Slowing Climate Change. ScienceDaily

Judge Molloy blocks mine beneath Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Is this a final victory in 23 year fight against the mine?

It probably isn’t because Judge Molloy both ruled for and against conservationists on their variety of claims, but it does send the Forest Service’s decision to approve the mine back to square one.

Molloy blocks mine beneath Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. By Michael Jamison. Missoulian

Info on the fight against the Rock Creek Mine.

3/30/2010. More on the ruling. Court Blocks Mine in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. ENS

Wolves Reported on Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula

A group of up to three wolves may be living on the Lower Peninsula

For many years there have been lone wolves reported on the Lower Peninsula but this is the first confirmation of more than one. The wolves may have crossed the frozen lake near Mackinac Bridge to get there from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where wolves are well established.

DNRE, USDA Confirm Wolf Tracks in Cheboygan County
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment