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by jhwygirl Just last week Wyoming and Idaho slammed federal plans to created a special brucellosis management plan around Yellowstone National Park. Their letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the plan was “hastily contrived” plan would allow the government to “walk away from the issue forever”, without getting rid of the disease. Idaho, […]

by jhwygirl Back just before the election, the Bush Administration announced it would be creating a 2nd interagency group for bison management. That happened on October 29th, and I have to say I was perplexed. The announcement was cryptic – it didn’t really explain whether it was related to the Yellowstone/Montana/Wyoming issues concerning brucellosis – […]

by jhwygirl Certainly regular readers will remember my outrage here last year regarding the bison slaughter in Montana, outside of Yellowstone National Park, all in the the name of managing brucellosis. There are 9 previous posts, which you can get to by simply putting “brucellosis” in the little nifty search we’ve got over there on […]

by jhwygirl The Jackson Hole News and Guide gives us the details on Schweitzer’s letter to the USDA, which criticizes Wyoming’s practice of operating elk feedgrounds and Bridger-Teton National Forest’s recent approval of renewing state leases on the National Forest. “Despite long-standing acknowledgement of the problem, it now appears that Wyoming Game and Fish and […]

by jhwygirl Saying brucellosis “does not belong in our future,” Suzanne Lewis, the superintendent of Yellow-stone National Park, pledged Monday to work with Montana’s Board of Livestock to eradicate the disease. That, from today’s Billings Gazette. …eradicate the disease”? From Yellowstone? While the Bridger-Teton National Forest, to the south, is approving new leases on Wyoming […]

by jhwygirl While the Department of Livestock’s regular meeting (the first since the loss of Montana’s brucellosis-free status) is scheduled for July 21 & 22nd (agenda pending), there will be a conference call this upcoming Thursday, July 10th, at 11 a.m. Here’s the brief agenda. Note that you can access the call by calling 1-888-556-4635, […]

by jhwygirl A second cow in Montana has tested positive for brucellosis, resulting in what will likely be a loss of the brucellosis-free status for the state’s livestock. The first cow that tested positive had been found in May 2007 in the Morgan Ranch herd, which had wintered in Bridger. That herd had to be […]

  Airing: Thursday April 28th, 7pm on Montana PBS By JC Our byline here at 4&20 references “politics and culture” and perhaps nowhere else is the clash between politics and culture better illuminated than in documentary. High Plains Films, in its own words “dedicates itself to exploring issues about the relationship between nature and society.” […]

By JC Governor Schweitzer issued an Executive Order yesterday halting the importation of bison into Montana. This action is in direct response to the National Park Service’s capture and holding of 525 bison in capture facilities within the Park. The AP, in an article in the Billings Gazette, frames the story this way: “Montana Gov. […]

by jhwygirl Here you go, smokey – here’s some of that irony I was talking about. Remember just a few months ago when the Good Gov was blocking payments to Sen. Greg Barkus’ friends – $600,000 in state money to clean up environmental contamination on a site that Swank bought at a discounted price knowing […]

by jhwygirl A week ago I blogged about some of the awards awarded to local Montana print journalists by the Montana Newspaper Association. I didn’t know it (because the MNA doesn’t seem too interested in putting a full listing up on its website), but there were more. The Missoula Independent took home four awards at […]

by jhwygirl Disgusting. Shameful. Reprehensible. Montana’s complicity in this is beyond any possible justification. I don’t know how to express more disgust. Montana Department of Livestock officials are in full attack mode at Horse Butte this week, “managing” bison, and the Buffalo Field Campaign has several videos exposing the reprehensible activities of these state-paid officials […]

by jhwygirl SB337 has already had its hearing in the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks committee last week, on the 19th. What it has not had is an executive action. This bill has also already passed the Senate on a 31-19 vote. This is an absolutely horribly unreasonable piece of legislation that would prevent the […]

by jhwygirl On Thursday, January 29, the House Fish, Wildlife & Parks committee will hear HB253, the Wild Buffalo Recovery and Conservation Act, propose by Rep. Mike Phillips and Rep. Ted Washburn, both of Bozeman. The House FWP committee meets at 3 p.m. HB253 is a bipartisan bill which would essentially transfer management of bison […]

by jhwygirl Sent to me by an astute reader, Governor Schweitzer fired off a letter on Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, criticizing Wyoming’s elk feedgrounds, which many say are a breeding ground for brucellosis. Bravo! This was one of the developments out of Tuesdays Board of Livestock meeting – the other being the […]

by jhwygirl State veterinarian Dr. Martin Zaluski is nearing completion of the testing of adjacent herds to the infected cow that cost Montana its brucellosis-free status and is encouraged by the results. So far, none have tested positive. He’s also had this to say: “All of the testing so far has focused on ruling out […]

by jhwygirl Art Burns, owner of the cow which recently tested positive for brucellosis told the Bozeman Chronicle that his cattle had never been near any bison, though elk are frequently in the area. Burns runs a small operation – about 50 head of Corriente cattle – out there in the middle of heaven, near […]

by jhwygirl Mike Mease, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign will be in town this weekend for a presentation by the Buffalo Field Campaign at the Missoula County Public Library. The event is Saturday, May 3rd, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. A slide show – Lessons Learned from the Wild Buffalo – will be shown, […]

by jhwygirl With this winter being a record year for bison slaughter as part of a so-called Bison Management Plan, Yellowstone Park managers have placed a priority on saving pregnant bison due to the record number of bison sent off to slaughter this year – 1,217 shipped to slaughter from the Stephen’s Creek capture facility […]

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