Saturday, September 23, 2017

Shoot Down the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act

The Endangered Species Coalition warns that the House of Representatives will vote next week on a bill (H.R. 3668) that  would be disastrous for wildlife and the Endangered Species Act.

If the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) becomes law, wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin would be stripped of Endangered Species Act protections. Worse yet, this delisting could not be challenged in court. This bill would also prevent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from ever re-listing Wyoming wolves—or wolves in the other three states—if their population plummets. The Endangered Species Coalition reports that Wisconsin announced plans to kill most of the 900 wolves within the state if this bill passes.

Not only wolves lose under this legislation. The SHARE Act takes aim at bald eagles, California condors, and other birds by blocking any regulation that would phase out the lead bullets and lead fishing tackle that lead to the slow, painful deaths of millions of birds and other non-target animals every year.

The SHARE Act would also open millions of acres of public lands to trapping. This puts anything and anyone that travels through these lands at risk.

Please email your member of Congress today and tell them you do NOT support the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 3668). Here’s the link to find your representative and send an email.

Indie author Rick Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands. His new book, Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy, is available signed from Rick, or unsigned on Amazon.  His best seller, In the Temple of Wolves, is available signed, or unsigned on Amazon.

Photo of wolf by Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Take your book club "Deep into Yellowstone"

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Deep into Yellowstone: A Year's Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy 

The year of immersion begins when my wife Mary and I trust the pull of Yellowstone; leave family, friends, and security after thirty-five years in Oregon; and relocate to Gardiner, Montana, at Yellowstone’s north gate. 

As you read Deep into Yellowstone, you are right there with Mary and me as we cross-country ski, hike, bicycle, and backpack into Yellowstone’s wild grandeur. Along the way, you learn about important controversies that stimulate discussion: the dispute over hunting park wolves along Yellowstone’s border, the debate about whether wolves help or harm the ecosystem and the local economy, the outrage over the removal of grizzlies from ESA protection, the fight to stop the slaughter of park bison, the reality of overuse of the park, and the effort to stop a gold mine right on the park’s border. 

I’ve heard from readers that Deep into Yellowstone leaves them feeling a deeper love for Yellowstone and a stronger commitment to protect the park's wildlife and wildlands from threats from many directions and factions.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Managing Wolves Requires Managing Cattle

Photo by Rick Lamplugh
The recent slaughter of wolves by state officials in Washington and Oregon highlights a sad fact: cattle grazing on public lands is lethal for wolves. Washington has 1.1 million cattle, Oregon 1.3 million. About a third of each state is public land that many cattle run roughshod over. Those public lands are by necessity the home of each state’s minuscule wolf population. With so many cattle invading wolf territory, conflict happens.

Each state has a Wolf Management Plan. Each plan’s basic premise: wolves are the problem and must pay the price for cattle-wolf conflict. 

Each state needs a Cattle Management Plan. The premise of the plan I propose: Killing wolves on public land is not acceptable; wolves have no where else to live. Instead, the livestock owner bears the burden for reducing conflict his animals cause while grazing on public land in wolf territory. 

Just as wolves have several chances under current Wolf Management Plans, the owner would have several chances under the proposed Cattle Management Plan.

With the first cattle-wolf conflict on public land, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife would determine steps the owner must take to keep livestock separate from wolves. This analysis and compliance would happen quickly, let’s say within fourteen days.

With the second conflict, the owner’s herd would have to be moved away from the wolves they infringed upon. Let’s say a move of thirty miles within seven days.

With the third conflict, the owner’s privilege of grazing livestock on public land would be suspended for perhaps two years.

A Cattle Management Plan such as this should be operating in Washington, Oregon, and every other state with cattle causing conflict on public land. This plan puts the responsibility for reducing cattle-wolf conflict on the shoulders of the owner that benefits from the cost savings of grazing in wolf territory. And it saves the lives of many cattle and wolves.

I will send letters about this plan to elected officials in wolf states with lots of cattle and lots of public land. Perhaps some will find it of interest. If you know of a possibly receptive official in your wolf state, please send me the name via comment or private message.

Indie author Rick Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands. His new book, Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy, is available signed from Rick, or unsigned on Amazon.  His best seller, In the Temple of Wolves, is available signed, or unsigned on Amazon.