This is a guest post from Rick Lamplugh. Rick is an author and wildlife advocate from Gardiner, Montana.
The Endangered Species Coalition is bringing me and a number of other advocates to Washington, D.C. for a couple days to lobby for the Endangered Species Act. I respect the work of this national coalition of hundreds of conservation-minded organizations, and I’m glad to go. To prepare, I’m researching and writing. Here’s some of what I’ve found.
This post was written by Dave Stalling for High Country News. Dave is a hunter, angler, and writer living in Missoula, Montana, and past president and field organizer for the Montana Wildlife Federation. Last year, a group of Montanans, including wildlife biologists and hunters, launched a ballot initiative that would have banned trapping on public lands. They called trapping barbaric because people’s pets, as well as threatened and endangered wildlife, inadvertently get killed in traps. Trappers responded with outrageous claims, charging… Continue reading →
In the heart of the Crown of the Continent along the Rocky Mountain Front lies a special place – special for the wildlife that live there, as well as for nearby Native Americans, sportsmen, and all wildlife enthusiasts. Three days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Department of Interior finally decided do the right thing and revoke several improperly-issued oil and gas leases in this special place, thereby protecting more than 6,000 acres, right in the heart of some of the best… Continue reading →
This week, more than 50 scientists, representatives of 5 Native American tribes, 24 business leaders, and 82 organizations sent letters to Members Congress asking them to oppose legislation that seeks to remove federal protections for gray wolves.
Last week, ESC member group NRDC announced they were working with the state of Montana to enact policy that would create what’s being billed as a “wolf stamp” that could be purchased to help fund wolf-related programs. First, it’s important to note that the stamp is not final and that there could be changes to the plan in the rulemaking process. But, here’s what we know today: the proposal calls for the stamps to be offered for sale at $19… Continue reading →
In this post from his blog, From the Wild Side, long-time backcountry hunter and western outdoor writer David Stalling strongly criticizes recent state-sponsored wolf-killing programs in Idaho. “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I… Continue reading →
By Derek Goldman, Northern Rocky Mountain Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition This past December marked the 40th anniversary of near-unanimous passage by Congress of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 – one of our nation’s most important wildlife conservation laws. Thanks to Act, Americans have the opportunity today to hear the calls of the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, catch a glimpse of an alligator in the wild, and hear the howl of the gray wolf throughout the northern… Continue reading →
This is a guest post from David Stalling’s blog From The Wild Side. David Stalling is a writer and advocate living in Missoula, Montana. “When the buffalo are gone, we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom.” — Chief Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, 1831-1890. I’m a wolf-loving tree hugger and I hunt. I kill and eat wild elk. Does this seem contradictory? It’s not if you consider our Nation’s conservation heritage, and see that… Continue reading →