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Friday - July 26, 2013

My mom nearly died two weeks ago with meningitis from a tick born bacteria (Ehrlichiosis), my niece tested positive for Lyme disease last week, my wife suffers from chronic symptoms from Lyme disease diagnosed several years ago.

Tuesday - June 5, 2012

The old saying is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Well – there is more than one way to dress a turkey. Some folks just pull the breasts off and leave the rest of the bird for the coyotes, but that seems wasteful to me. When we roast a whole turkey whether it is a Butterball or wild bird, the breasts make the main course of at least one meal and most of the remaining meat gets used for turkey sandwiches the next day while the bones are stewed into stock for future use as turkey soup.

Friday - April 6, 2012

Idaho wolf hunters harvested 373 wolves this season, for the second wolf season after years of controversy. Idaho recently took back the authority to manage the wolf population in their state, and to try and cull the numbers down to more manageable levels, they were pretty lenient in their allowances. Hunters could take 2 wolves per calendar year, they could use calls, they could use traps, but with 43,000 tags sold, only about 1% were successful.

Monday - March 19, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed woodland caribou on the endangered species list in 1984. Now, with fear of an upcoming change to 600 square miles of land in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington, Bonner County wants to remove caribou from the endangered species list. A plan was announced in November for those 600 square miles to be listed as critical habitat. This would change the land and remove any economic possibilities, by restricting the forest access to activities such as; logging, snowmobiling and other pursuits.

Wednesday - February 22, 2012

Preserving opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged is the message that Idaho wants for its hunters. This was the mindset that kept a bill from passing that would have allowed landowners to sell hunting permits for their land. It died on the table today with a 17-17 vote.

Tuesday - February 21, 2012

The wolf battle ramps up between conservationists and ranchers in Idaho. A bill's fate is set to be sealed tomorrow, as the two opponents battle it out. The sponsor of the bill is Senator Jeff Siddoway, who is also a rancher. He says that the wolves have cost ranchers thousands of dollars in losses and damage to their animals. The bill would allow hunters to hunt wolves by air, with helicopters, and high powered parachutes. Conservationists say this measure is overkill, and will land the animals back on the federally protected endangered species list.

Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee will vote on the bill on Wednesday. Also part of the bill is to allow baiting for the wolves. Ranchers would get a 60 day permit, during which time they could go after the offending wolf pack.

Monday - February 20, 2012

In 1990 the general public in California voted to make it illegal to kill mountain lions, not that they are endangered, nor do biologists recommend not hunting them. Environmental and animal welfare groups simply wanted to ban lion hunting, they argue that it's unnecessary and cruel. Hunting groups attempted to overturn the measure in 1996, but voters again chose to keep lion hunting illegal. It is also illegal to bring or have any mountain lion parts from a hunt after 1990.

Dan Richards is the president of the California Game and Fish Commission and he has pictures of himself with a large mountain lion that he successfully hunted, in Idaho, where it is completely legal.

Saturday - February 11, 2012

The Imnaha wolf pack from Oregon has received a lot of attention lately. First the Oregon Fish and Game issued an order to kill two of the pack, as they had repeatedly killed domestic animals, but that was blocked by a federal court order. Then some of the wolves crossed into Idaho, OR-7 continued on to California looking for a mate, in his quest he became famous. Now littler mate OR-9 is in the news because he was shot by an Idaho hunter on February 2nd.

Thursday - February 9, 2012

An Idaho Senate Committee has put together a proposal to create an amendment to Idaho's founding documents. The amendment would add hunting, fishing and trapping as a constitutional right, so these rights could not be threatened by some radical groups.

Thursday - February 2, 2012

A Canada Lynx was found in a legal trap for bobcats in Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho. A man walking his dog came upon the trapped lynx. He called the Idaho wildlife officials, who were able to release the lynx unharmed.

Wildlife officials took DNA samples to run some tests on the animal. Tests will help determine whether it is a wild lynx, and possibly where the animal lives or where it came from. It could be one moving through the area or a resident of the forest.