After centuries of fear and superstition, research has given the wolf a new image as a social creature with an indispensible role in ecosystems. Unfortunately, wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains have been removed from the endangered species list. The Druid Pack of Yellowstone National Park symbolizes the rise and fall of this much maligned predator.
SpOIL: Tar Sands Pipelines Threaten Great Bear Rainforest
The Enbridge Inc. Northern Gateway Pipelines project threatened British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, home to thousands of species of plants and animals and the Kermode white spirit bear, enabling the destructive Alberta oil sands mining project. The project is dead, but tar sands are still being mined, shipped and burned, destroying ecosystems and the climate.
Shark Fin Soup’s On in the California Assembly
Assemblywoman D. Harkey (73rd District-California), accomplished equestrian and beach lover, informed her constituents she could not support Assembly Bill 376 banning shark fin soup from CA restaurants, a “delicacy” that requires amputation of the fin from a live shark at sea, leaving it helpless to drown.
Bison Wild Recolonization Stopped With Slaughter – By George Wuerthner
The bison slaughter is proposed to appease the intractable and unreasonable demands of Montana’s livestock industry to zero tolerance for native bison on Montana soil. All of this is justified in the name of controlling brucellosis, a disease that can cause domestic livestock to abort their first calf.
Nowhere to Run: American Mountain Lion in Decline
It’s the widest-ranging native land animal in the Americas, yet is declining throughout much of its range. Wilderutopia carries an interview with big cat expert Dr. Howard Quigley about the status and research implications of the elusive, enigmatic, and unique cougar.
Wolf Howls Yellowstone Back to Health – By Chip Ward
Montana and Idaho Plan Wolf Attacks – By Jack Eidt
Montana and Idaho wildlife officials are seeking to resume “conservation hunt” alternatives on the gray wolves despite the packs being relisted for protections under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).