Monthly Archives: August 2015

Echoes in the Mist

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By Sharon St Joan

To read part one first, click here.

Meanwhile, Gauri Maulekhi, of HSI and PFA, appealed to the Supreme Court of India, which then issued a directive to close the India-Nepal border to any transport of animals into Nepal during the weeks preceding the festival.

Since most of the animals to be sacrificed came from India, closing the border had a momentous effect.

Large numbers of volunteers from Indian animal welfare groups arrived to assist the Border Patrol in spotting people trying to take animals to Nepal. They spoke with farmers and other animal transporters and, if they did not turn back, the volunteers followed up with the Border Patrol to make sure they were sent back.

Dawn Williams and his team from Blue Cross of India played a leading role in tracking down those attempting to smuggle animals into Nepal. A former commando, Dawn Williams…

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Echoes in the Mist

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By Sharon St Joan

Nearly 300 years ago, Bhagwan Chowdhary, a Nepalese man who’d been thrown into prison, prayed to the goddess Gadhimai for help, promising to sacrifice animals to her if she would get him out of jail. He was freed and, in return, he sacrificed five animals to the goddess, and he founded the temple dedicated to her. Today, in the twenty-first century, his great-great-great grandson serves as the head priest. Over the years the animal sacrifices grew and grew until the Gadhimai Temple became known as the world’s most ghastly scene of bloodshed.

On July 28, 2015, at a New Delhi press conference organized by the Animal Welfare Network Nepal, Humane Society International, and People for Animals, the temple authorities of Gadhimai Temple made the announcement that the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of animals, held every five years, would be permanently canceled. The world’s largest animal…

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Council for all wildlife

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This letter, about the Utah Cougar Management Plan, has been sent to the members of the Utah Wildlife Board.

Gregory Sheehan, Division Director,

Regional Advisory Councils and Wildlife Board

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

P.O. Box 146301

Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301

Re: Utah’s Cougar Management Plan

Dear Director Sheehan and Members of the Wildlife Board:

I am writing to ask the Wildlife Board not to adopt the Cougar Management Plan as it is currently written, for the following reasons.

The stated mission of the DWR is “to serve the people of Utah as trustee and guardian of the state’s wildlife.”

The quotes below are from the draft Utah Cougar Management Plan and are followed by my comments.

“Nearly all cougars harvested in Utah are taken with the aid of dogs.”

Objection: Using dogs to chase and hunt down any animal is barbaric and inhumane. If hunting can only be…

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Giant fires, insect outbreaks could be ?game-changer? for some forests

Staff Report

FRISCO ?Forest Service researchers say ?mega-disturbances? like giant wildfires and insect outbreaks are likely to hasten the slow demise of temperate forest ecosystems in the coming decades.

Even without those large-scale events, some forests appear to be transitioning to shrublands and steppe, and big disturbances could speed that process, according to a new study published this month in Science.?While we have been trying to manage for resilience of 20th century conditions, we realize now that we must prepare for transformations and attempt to ease these conversions,? said Constance Millar, lead author and forest ecologist with the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Many forests are remarkably resilient, re-growing after years of logging. But after reviewing numerous forest studies, they concluded that rising global temperatures are resulting in hotter droughts ? droughts that exhibit a level of severity beyond that…

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By Wild Utah Project,

re-posted with permission


Help us speak out against the Alton coalmine expansion – comment period on EIS ends September 10.

Some bad ideas just don’t go away. In 2011 tens of thousands of Americans sent a clear message to the BLM to “just say no” to a proposed coal lease that will result in strip-mining on the western doorstep of Bryce Canyon National Park. So did the National Park Service. So did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who is worried about the impacts mine expansion, and the strip-mining, will have on the beleaguered sage-grouse. You would think the BLM would get the message. Yet here we are, in the summer of 2015, and the BLM has just released a supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) analyzing the potential coal lease at the behest of Alton Coal Development—a small, privately held, out-of-state company. The lease…

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In an August 21, 2015 letter to the Utah Wildlife Board, on the draft cougar management plan, Kirk Robinson, Founder and CEO of Western Wildlife Conservancy, has written that the plan allows for the killing of too many cougars.

His letter to the Wildlife Board has been written ahead of the meeting to be held on August 27, 2015, at 9 am, at the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting, which will discuss the draft cougar management plan, is open to the public. Please attend if you can, or write to the Utah Wildlife Board to express your views (politely). (Please see below for the email address.)

Kirk Robinson writes that the numbers of cougars being killed in Utah have been “slowly creeping upward over the last several years.”

The average age of cougars left in the wild is now…

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By Kirk Robinson, Founder and CEO of Western Wildlife Conservancy

August 21, 2015

Dear member of the Utah Wildlife Board,

I was one of two “non-consumptive” members of the cougar committee that produced the new cougar management plan as directed by the Wildlife Board. It is the third such plan that I have worked on. I am writing because I wish to explain that my support for the plan is contingent upon how it is implemented and is qualified by a concern that it is not informed by the best scientific information available.

The new plan has many virtues, one of which is its relative simplicity and ease of implementation. However, it easily allows for the killing of too many cougars – too many in the sense that cougar population age distribution, social relations, and home range tenure can be seriously disrupted with no discernible benefit to prey species, plus…

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By Sharon St Joan

Given the worldwide outcry over the sad death of Cecil the lion, it may be worth a reminder that there are countless deaths of Cecils right here in the U.S. The American lion is a cougar and they are hunted in Utah and in many states.

On August 27, 2015, at 9 am, the Utah Wildlife Board will meet to discuss the draft Utah cougar management plan, at the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting is open to the public.

Cougars are extensively hunted in Utah, with the objective of increasing the mule deer population to provide more mule deer for hunters to hunt.

In a letter written by Wendy Keefover, Native Carnivore Protection Manager, The Humane Society of the United States, and by Sundays Hunt, Utah State Director, The Humane Society of the United States, they…

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