Category Archives: Mustelids

Wolverines: Quest to protect magnificent mustelid continues

News flash: Climate change imperils wolverines and Feds must act! That’s the recent headline from ABC news, reporting on court proceedings in Missoula, Montana. On Monday, April 4th, “U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly … Continue reading

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Channel your inner wolverine!

Happy Wolverine Birthday! According to the Wolverine Foundation, February 14th is the day designated to symbolically mark the birth of wolverine kits. They come into the world under five inches long, weighing 3.5-5.11 ounces, and covered in white fur. They … Continue reading

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Stop a depraved ‘predator derby’ on your public land

The Environmental Assessment has been issued; comment deadline is Oct. 16, 2014. Details at end of post. Q: What do coyotes, skunks, weasels, jackrabbits, raccoons, starlings, and grey wolves in Idaho have in common? A: An arsenal of bullets heading their … Continue reading

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Hey Chicago–animal suffering lies behind that scenic splendor

Dear Chicago: We need to talk. You can trust me–I’m practically a native daughter. Heck, from my hometown in Indiana, we can look across Lake Michigan and see your skyline (well, on a clear day). I’m a Cubs fan, ’nuff said! But … Continue reading

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The wolverine: one gnarly dude…who needs our help

Updated 7/5/14: Politics trumps science; USFWS  reverses ESA listing proposal – here. Leaked FWS memo is here. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the stinkiest, snarliest, gnarliest, wildest of them all? Why, Gulo gulo–the amazing wolverine–of course! And the gnarly little … Continue reading

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Now is the winter of our (predator) discontent

Ah, the Northern Rockies. Soaring mountains. Rushing streams. Beargrass and aspens. Mountain bluebirds. Deep forests, wide open prairies, abundant native wildlife. What’s not to love? Well, it depends on whom you ask. “I want them to open their (expletive) eyes,” … Continue reading

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“Smart Collars”: Taking the wild out of wildlife–and putting it on Facebook?

Spend enough time in Yellowstone and you’ll see an ever-increasing number of radio or GPS-collared animals. Elk, bison, wolves, and the occasional coyote are species easy to spot sporting the bulky neck gear. Research must be big business. I once … Continue reading

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