the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
didn’t sufficiently analyze the consequences."
Correction: My bad, the date of the
EMWH Public Trust dinner is Sat., Sept. 27th in Bozeman.
Thank you to all of you who contacted
IBMP members concerning the Nov. meeting being held in Idaho.
The meeting has now been changed back to Montana (Gardiner or
Yellowstone Basin according to IBMP), Nov. 20th. As soon as the
location is confirmed, I will let y'all know.
"Brucellosis Breeding" Wyoming Feedground in Gardiner
"We have a Wyoming elk feedground situation right here in
Gardiner, Montana that is a major brucellosis threat. Hundreds
of bison "gut piles" from "hunts" concentrated
in in a bottle neck wildlife corridor, within a small acreage
of Gardiner, Montana is spreading brucellosis, threatening our
state, the livestock industry, and the health and social acceptability
of our elk, bison and other ungulate populations." Why is
the DOL turning a blind eye to this situation?
they think we cant read? FWP 2014 Elk Brucellosis Work Plan
This is the newest rendition of the 2014 Work Plan with the addition
of the Paradise Valley Watershed group modifications, including
large scale elk proof fencing that FWP is submitting to the Commissioners
on Aug 7th. If passed, which it will more than likely, based on
the fact that they have been passing
all this bs all along, it will be open for public comment
and sent to the commissioners again for the final in Oct.
This is the same anti-science, no public
hunter access required and legally required environmental review
lacking work plan as before, EXCEPT they are broadly expanding
"If adopted, this annual plan would be available for potential
implementation within the Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) as
defined by the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL)
and in immediately adjacent areas if there is confirmed elk movement
from inside to outside the DSA representing increased transmission
risk to cattle. While the formal risk period has been identified
by DOL as January 15-June 15, these actions
may be applied with cause outside that window."
Additionally, the FWP elk brucellosis
capture and test program (APHIS and DOL directed, majority paid
for) is due to sunset here in 2015. They are trying to add that
program to this elk brucellosis work plan to continue it beyond
2015. "Agency Collaboration - Work with DoL and USDA APHIS
to assess and potentially coordinate the need, opportunity and
capacity for continued targeted elk surveillance captures beyond
2015." Please see link at the
bottom for the Skyline/Anaconda Sportsmen lawsuit to protect our
elk from special interests and require the environmental review
by law, amongst other things.
request the National Academy of Sciences conduct a review of wildlife
brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area
- scientific wildlife management for our
elk and bison
State CWD study only elevates elk worries
by Todd Wilkinson
"In what the paper’s authors call a supposed 'worst-case
scenario,' elk herds in western Wyoming that become infected with
CWD are likely to suffer massive population declines over time.
In order to prevent elk numbers from crashing, hunting would have
to be stopped or dramatically curtailed."
Wyo. sacrificing elk to save feedgrounds?
by Todd Wilkinson
"Rather than expressing alarm about an actual 95 percent
mortality rate at Sybille, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department
presented extrapolated outcomes in the most optimistic way possible
— even though wild elk herds on feedgrounds would likely
suffer massive declines were CWD to become established, and even
though hunting would have to be curtailed."
feedgrounds face new suit to close them by
"The Western Watersheds Project, which filed the court challenge
Monday, claims that Bridger-Teton National Forest officials violated
their own forest plan, the National Environmental Policy Act and
the Wyoming Wilderness Act.
'We’re challenging the issuance
of that permit because they didn’t sufficiently analyze
the consequences,' Travis Bruner, the Watersheds Project’s
executive director, said Monday."
Input Sought On Bison Quarantine Proposal
The National Park Service is seeking public comment regarding
a plan to consider a quarantine program for Yellowstone bison
at one or more new quarantine facilities, which could be located
within Yellowstone National Park, on tribal lands, or elsewhere.
The public is encouraged to attend one of the following public
meetings to learn more about the proposed planning effort: (note
- we need to watch this carefully, quarantining our public trust
bison so they can be sent to the Tribes, is not restoring wild
bison to Montana public lands, nor is slaughtering any bison that
has antibodies, removing the immunity from the bison population.
Privatization of our wildlife needs to stop.)
- Monday, August 18 in Gardiner, Mont.:
Yellowstone Association Headquarters, 308 Park Street
- Tuesday, August 19 in Bozeman, Mont.: Homewood Suites, 1023
E. Baxter Lane
Both presentation-style meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are scheduled
to conclude by 8:00 p.m.
bring bison plan to legislative panel
"Although tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy have historically
relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing, free-ranging bison
have not been part of the sweeping landscape just east of the
Northern Rockies in Montana and Canada for more than a century.
Now tribal leaders say they want to bring the animal back.
Blackfoot Confederacy leaders representing the tribe in northwestern
Montana and several tribes in Canada told a legislative panel
this week that they want to work with them and other partners
to make it happen."
industry anything but sheepish on Capitol Hill
"'They wield a greater influence than an objective view of
the economic importance of their sector would merit,' said Andrew
Wetzler, director of lands and wildlife for the Natural Resources
Defense Council, which often butts heads with ASI on lands and
Man’s Paradise Club
"You couldn’t afford this place in 10 lifetimes even
if there were a reasonable price tag attached to it. No reasonable
man could ever quantify a monetary value on these lands; it’s
beyond our capacity to do so. This is our national rite, our shared
treasure of wilderness and enjoyment that belongs to everybody
wrong to want state control over fed lands
by John Borgreen
"How is it that for years the Montana Republican Party platform
has call for 'no net gain' in state land ownership but now they
want to add 31 million acres? Which 31 million acres of state
land are they going to sell off so as not to increase state land
ranch with ties to Lewis and Clark for sale in Montana
"More than 60 species of wildlife, including mule deer, elk,
antelope, upland birds and a large population of big horn sheep,
reside within the rugged country. Sturgeon, walleye and American
pad are among the sport fish in this reach of the Missouri River."
It's only $18 million.
would like to thank the following contributors for supporting
EMWH. Your gift is very much appreciated.
Thanks to those that made it possible to attend the Bison Discussion
Group in Billings, the Board of Livestock meeting in Helena and
the Interagency Bison Managemnt Plan meeting in Polson - gas,
transportation, hotels, meals and dog watching. Bonnie Lynn, Nancy
Schultz, Carolyn Wilmont and an anonymous Montana hunter.
Elk Litigation Fund
PO Box 173, Butte, MT 59701
Sportsmen and Anaconda Sportsmens Associations lawsuit against
FWP & the FWP Commission