Sunday, February 27, 2011

Idaho's War On Wolves - $500 Bounty Proposed

A bill authorizing a $500 bounty on wolves has been drawn up for the Idaho Legislature.
The bill has been drawn up by Runft and Steele Law Offices in Boise,Idaho.
The proposed legislation calls for listing Idaho wolves as predators that can be shot at any time and also proposes a $500 bounty for each wolf killed. The bill calls for paying the bounties out of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's general budget.
I will post more info as it becomes available.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Snow Geese - New Mexico

Snow Geese will soon start flying north again. I took this photo two years ago as this flock was coming in to land.
With large areas of farmland available for these birds to find food in the winter, their populations have grown so large that they tend to overwhelm their northern breeding areas and are causing damage to the environment there.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Vaginal Implant Team - Yellowstone National Park

This group of Yellowstone employees are about to set off to dart a Bison and put a radio collar on it. There were at least two other members of the team, but I was not able to include them in the photo. Shortly after I took this photo, I watched as the team took their radio collar, dart gun and assorted other tools and darted a Bison near Lava Creek in Yellowstone and put a radio collar on it.

I have to be honest and say that I have never seen this crew put a vaginal radio transmitter in a Yellowstone Bison, but since they are the ones that do the radio collars, it stands to reason that they would do both procedures while the Bison was drugged and down.

The geniuses that run Yellowstone put radio collars on twenty five Bison and vaginal radio transmitters in the females in the group in January and hazed them out of the park in an $3.3 million experiment to see what they would do..

The experiment lasted only a few days when the Bison promptly crossed the Yellowstone River to private property haystacks and had to be hauled back into Yellowstone. Two of them were shot and killed during the process. There are more than 500 Bison trying to leave Yellowstone at this time and they are being fed hay while park officials decide what to do with them.

Yellowstone has been taken over by these bumbling researchers who dart , drug and collar and generally mistreat and harass many of the wildlife species in the park. In this case two of the Bison were shot and killed.
A new superintendent has just started his duties and needs to be made aware of this problem. His name is Daniel Wenk.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bighorn Rams - Alberta, Canada

I played around on photoshop elements and came up with this rendition of two big rams silhouetted against a golden sky. Since the rams were facing away from me, the original photo was nothing special.
I like to try different effects on some of my photos just to see what they look like. I am self taught in all of my digital processing and need to learn a lot more.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yellowstone Wolves - Hayden Pack

I took this photo three years ago when the Hayden Pack posed for me right off of the road in Hayden Valley. The secret to good wolf photos is simple. Keep showing up with your camera in areas they frequent and sooner or later they will be close enough to get photos like this. These wolves are listening to another wolf pack howling in the distance. I could hear two other packs in the area besides the Haydens.

I removed the radio collar from the white wolf by using the clone tool in photoshop to cover it with fur. Half of the wolves I see in Yellowstone are radio collared, which can ruin many a good photo.

I used a Canon 40D with a 500mm Canon Lens for this photo. It was the first day that I had used the new 40D and I unknowingly had it set on JPEG without RAW and didn't discover what I had done until I finished shooting. I prefer RAW for initial digital processing of my images and shoot both JPEG and RAW at the same time.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Two Wolves and A Grizzly - Yellowstone National Park

Two members of Yellowstone's Canyon Pack confront a Grizzly Bear that took this Elk away from them. The Grizzly has frost on his back from sitting out all night on top of the Elk. The bear has covered the elk with grass to keep the ravens and magpies off of it.

Yellowstone Grizzlies have learned to follow wolf packs in order to steal their kills. The wolves have to eat in a big hurry before the bears arrive.
The wolf on the left is handicapped with a large radio collar and disappeared during the next year.
Researchers, like the ones that collared this wolf, outnumber rangers and maintenance workers combined in some of our National Parks. This over emphasis on research has taken money away from upkeep in our parks and many park facilities are outdated and in disrepair.

If you drive into Yellowstone this time of year, you will see more researchers pointing their radio antennas at collared animals, than you will rangers and other staff working in the park.

I used a Canon 40D with a Canon 500mm lens and a 1.4x multiplier to get this photo.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pika - Dagger Falls - Idaho

My grandson found that he could mimic the call of a Pika. This Pika came near him and stuck out its' tongue out at him.
Pikas can stick out their tongues without opening their mouths. The upper lip has a split in it that allows this. I didn't know this until I looked at the photos.

Pikas are common in Idaho's high country. They live in talus slopes covered with rocks. They do not hibernate and cut grass and flowers to dry in a hay stack that they use for food all winter.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yellowstone Wolves - Slough Creek Pack

I took this photo of part of the Slough Creek Pack two years ago in Yellowstone. There were seventeen black wolves in this pack and two gray ones at the time. I was unable to get all nineteen together for a photo.
I was watching all nineteen of the wolves howling on a ridgetop near the campground, hoping for a photo, when a yellow research plane buzzed them and scared them away. This pack has since completely died out. Wolf numbers in Yellowstone are down from over 170 a few years ago to less than 100 this year.
I attribute some of this demise to being studied to death by the park researchers. Wolf packs in Yellowstone are constantly harassed by biologists when they use helicopters to chase them down and put radio collars on half of them and then follow and buzz the collared wolves every week with their yellow airplane.
Some of the photos taken by the biologists from the yellow airplane and helicopters used to collar the wolves, end up in calendars for sale in gift shops in Yellowstone(Yellowstone Wolves 2010). Wolf Biologist Doug Smith was credited with most of the calendar photos.
Makes me wonder if they are doing research when they fly the yellow plane or if they are out shooting photos for private sale.
I used a Canon 40D with 500mm lens for this photo.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Snowy Bison - Hayden Valley - Yellowstone National Park

I took this photo last fall before the heavy snow covered all of the grass.
These Bison are finding it difficult to find food this year due to a cold winter with lots of deep snow. They are trying to migrate out of the park near Gardiner, Montana in their search for grass. This is causing lots of problems for Yellowstone and private ranchers at lower elevations downstream from Gardiner where the Bison want to go.

There are several solutions being offered: Ship them to Slaughter, Shoot Them in The Park, Let Them Starve To Death, or Feed Them Hay.
The Governor of Montana has just issued a order that prohibits shipping them through Montana to be slaughtered, so that leaves just three solutions left for this year.

There are over 500 Bison trying to get out of Yellowstone at this time. There may be as many as 1000 in a few more days.
There are 4,000 Bison in Yellowstone, which is more than than the winter range will support on snowy winters like the present one.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pretty Woman - Fort Hall, Idaho

I took this photo last August at the Shoshone-Bannock Pow Wow and dance competition in Fort Hall, Idaho. This pretty young lady had just been crowned queen.( Cola, if you see this and would like a print, send me an e-mail.)
I enjoy attending these events and seeing the dancers in their colorful outfits.

There were many people between myself and this young lady and I had use a large telephoto lens from the edge of the viewing area to get this photo.

Canon 5D camera and a Canon 500mm lens.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Japanese Whale "Research" Halted

Japan has just announced a timeout in the Antarctic Ocean of its' bogus whale research. The Japanese have killed 1000 whales/year for their domestic whale meat market for years and have hid it under the guise of "Research".
Somehow, that Japanese dart gun look more like a harpoon. The whale being "researched" seems to have a terminal case of capture myopathy.
Activists on the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling vessel have constantly harassed the Japanese whaling ships and have had enough of an effect to stop this killing for a while.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Technician Duties

Harvest Mouse With Radio Collar

I found this job description on the Idaho State Employment Listings. This is what the Idaho Department of Fish and Game expects of a "non-game technician.":

"A Wildlife Technician is expected to find and capture various wildlife species, handle wildlife mortalities and collect various biological samples (blood, feathers, teeth, fluids, feces) for analysis. This person may also be expected to trap, mark, radio-tag, and transplant animals, as well as control nuisance wildlife (Wolves and other predators) and euthanize (Kill) injured animals."

Wildlife Surveys and Monitoring

"Applicants are expected to conduct ground surveys of animals in remote country, and be familiar with survey and calling techniques for birds, mammals and amphibians. squirrels, pygmy rabbits, sage grouse, diurnal and nocturnal raptors, amphibians, reptiles, and bats. The ideal applicant should have experience trapping and handling a variety of wild animals including: ground squirrels, pygmy rabbits, sage grouse, diurnal and nocturnal raptors, amphibians, reptiles, and bats.

Knowledge of GIS mapping procedures, radio-telemetry operations, marking and radio-tagging methods, and chemical restraint techniques is desired. "
Sadly, I think you could find similar job descriptions published by our National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, State fish and game agencies and most University wildlife research projects..

Our wildlife agencies and Universities treat Our wildlife like they were Lab Rats to be abused and experimented on. Many of their research projects look like they were dreamed up by Sociopaths.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Great Gray Owl - Idaho

This young Great Gray Owl watches its' mother hunt for voles. When it sees that its' mother has caught something, it will make some loud screeching noises, hoping that the mother owl will feed it first. I sometimes find these owls by following the sounds the hungry young make. Great Gray Owls are tolerant of photographers if you move slowly and use a large telephoto lens so you can take photos from a distance.

When the owlets get this large, they are good fliers and will often fly out to their mother and try to take the vole away from her. Great Gray Owls often hunt during the day when they have young to feed. They prefer cloudy or overcast days, but will hunt on bright days if their young are hungry enough.

Great Gray Owls nest on broken tree tops or on old nests made by hawks or eagles. Clear cutting of forests leaves no old broken tops for them to nest on and makes it hard for them to produce young. They will nest in wooden nest boxes nailed up on the side of a tree. The box just needs to be an open box with room for the eggs and young.

One of the problems that Great Gray Owls have where I live in Idaho, is that they are pursued by over-eager graduate students who want to put big metal leg bands and radios on them. I used to have a pair nesting within walking distance of my home until they were harassed out of the area by a graduate student who followed them every day. He had radios on both adults and leg bands on the entire family.

I had to travel a few miles to get this photo a year ago.

Canon 40D with 500 mm Canon lens.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chukar Partridge - World Center For Birds of Prey - Boise, Idaho

I took my eleven year old grandson out to a program at the Birds of Prey Center today. A wild Chukar Partridge posed for him on a fence as we we were leaving and he got this photo.

I let him determine how to process it. He has watched me play with photoshop and decided he wanted it saturated and posterized. So here is his masterpiece.

Chukars are natives of India and were imported into the U.S. many years ago. They are common in rocky canyons in Idaho.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Burrowing Owl With Radio Collar - Arizona


This seems to be the motto of wildlife biologists when ever they want to study Our wildlife.
These are the same misfits that brought us the Macho B Jaguar disaster.

This scene is repeated again and again across the United States. No bird or mammal is safe from these intrusive devices.

Wildlife biologists have this compulsive need to capture, handle and collar the animals they study. They are like trophy hunters that pose with their trophies. They always have time for a photo opportunity.

Google any mammal or bird study and you are likely to find a smiling wildlife biologist proudly displaying his/her latest radio-collared trophy.

They are always glove less and seem to have no concern about disease transmission to their captives. Bird Flu? These folks seem to be clueless. Capture Stress? Clueless again.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sandhill Crane - New Mexico

This Sandhill Crane has just touched down as it lands on a pond in New Mexico. The crane landed too close to me to get the entire bird in, so I cropped the image to get this look.

Sandhills fly at great altitudes. I sometimes can hear them, but have to use binoculars or a large telephoto to see them circling high overhead.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Raptor Research????? - Boise State University- Centennial Marsh - Idaho

I found this Boise State University Raptor "Researcher" stabbing a needle into the neck of a female Kestrel Falcon when I drove though the Centennial Marsh Wildlife Area here in Idaho last spring.

The researcher would block the entrance of a Kestrel nesting box with a glove and then remove the female falcon, who was sitting on her eggs, and submit her to this mad scientist routine of sticking a needle into her throat. This procedure would be repeated many times during the day at each of the Kestrel nesting boxes nailed to poles throughout the wildlife area.

This Boise State researcher's supervisor (An obnoxious fat woman in a blue coat.) tried to block me from taking photos of this assault. She told me she "didn't like wildlife photographers".
You can see from this photo why they wouldn't want someone to record what they do as "research".
I didn't like her either. I thought both of them should be in jail for what they were doing to the falcons. I gave the Idaho Fish and Game Department and the Idaho Governor's office a copy of this photo along with photos of both researchers and their BSU truck.

This is a prime example of what is going on all over the world today. Researchers are allowed to mistreat wildlife under the cover of "Research" on thousands of animals similar to what this person is doing to this poor bird.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Osprey - Cascade Lake - Idaho

A young Osprey tests its' wings before taking flight. Its' parents have nested in an old goose nesting platform that has been tilted by the wind.. These platforms are only about eight feet off of the ground. It is common to see Ospreys using these old platforms.
Ospreys and Canada Geese often use the same nests where I live in Idaho. The geese will lay their eggs in early spring and by the time the Ospreys return from the south, the young goslings have jumped out of the nest and are out on Cascade Lake with their parents.

Some of the local osprey nests are built high up on power poles and I see geese sitting on their eggs on these nests in the spring. I have never been present to see the goslings jump out of the nests, but it looks like an awfully long way to fall. I suspect some of them get injured.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Idaho Pygmy Rabbit With Radio Collar Around Its' Neck

WSU Photo

Researchers in Washington State are just like the rest of the misfits that call themselves wildlife biologists. Somehow they think that every animal they study needs one of these intrusive devices hung around its neck. Our Universities have produced a crop of researchers that are incompetent when out in the field and that rely on these tracking devices, because they cannot find the animals without one.

I was watching a uncollared wolf dig up a coyote den in Yellowstone when a wolf researcher arrived and waved his antenna around a few times and then proceeded to climb back into his blue pickup. When I asked him if he was looking for wolves, he told me that there were none in the area as he had not gotten any signals from radio collars. I hope he was embarrassed when I pointed out the wolf sitting two hundred yards away in plain view on the hillside. This seems to be typical of the wildlife biologists I meet in our national parks. They are lost if you take away their radio-collars and antennas.

Animals die from the stress of being chased and collared when their muscles break down and flood the kidneys with proteins from the damaged muscle. This is called Capture Myopathy.
Macho B, the Jaguar killed by researchers in Arizona, had kidney failure after being snared and collared.
Thirteen Iowa football players were hospitalized recently when they came down with the human version called Exertional Rhabdomyolysis. It is caused by the same thing. Lunatic football coaches push their players until the player's muscles break down and damage their kidneys. Kidney failure is certain without treatment.

Lunatic wildlife researchers chase wolves with helicopters, capture Grizzlies and Jaguars in snare traps, and chase cougars with hounds until the wild animals suffer kidney damage in the the same way. Unfortunately, they don't get rushed to a hospital for treatment. They get entered in the researcher's report as having died from 'Unknown Causes."

Any animal that dies within sixty days after being captured was probably killed by the researchers.

I fear for this Pygmy Rabbit.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yellowstone Wolf - Alpha Female - Canyon Pack

I have photographed this wolf every fall for the past three years. She has just crossed a creek and has muddy legs from the boggy area along the stream.
The small Canyon pack (three adults this year) has been sandwiched in between larger Yellowstone wolf pack territories and have had a hard time getting enough food to raise a litter of pups. This year she had three pups. If they survive the winter and are added to the three adults in the Canyon Pack, the six of them may be strong enough to occupy and defend a larger territory.
I hope to see this wolf and the rest of her pack again next fall when I take my annual fall trip to Yellowstone..

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Abused Polar Bear With Radio Collar - Alaska

This Polar Bear has been darted and drugged and then had a radio collar hung around its' neck and some other device put on its' ear.

Global warming is being used by an army of researchers as an excuse to abuse and radio-collar thousands of animals all over the world.

I took my eleven year old grandson with me last week to an advertised program on Polar Bear research at Boise State University. It was one of the most boring presentations I have had to sit through for many years.
The presenter, (I will call him Dr. Line Graph) never told us what he actually did when he studied Polar Bears for thirty years. He gave us a power point presentation that consisted of graph after graph comparing his graphs with other researcher's graphs.
I would have asked for my money back, but it was free so I couldn't.

I did come away thinking we needed a refund of the researcher's salary for the past thirty years while he was working for the U.S. Geological Survey. If his research was as poor as his presentation, he needs to refund his salary to the taxpayers.

My grandson was relieved to hear that I wanted to leave half way through the lecture just like he did. He said he was suffering from "Graphitis". We stayed for the entire presentation, thinking that something important would be covered. We should have left earlier. We already knew that the Polar Bears would die if the polar ice melted.

Too much wildlife research today consists of radio- collaring animals and then sitting in an office and watching the animal's travels on a computer screen. The animals are reduced to numbers and line graphs on a research paper. The rights of the wild animals to be left alone, get lost in the quest to gather more useless information.

Many of these collared animals die later from the stress of being captured and drugged.
This type of intrusive and abusive research needs to be banned on all public lands and on all wildlife.

This post was read and approved by my grandson.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Monster Bighorn Ram - Alberta, Canada

This huge ram has found something interesting to smell. Rams perform this maneuver whenever they smell things like urine, tree sap, and automobile drippings such as antifreeze and oil.

Rams only reach this size in areas where they are not hunted. I have been told by outfitters that they have hunters that would pay $250 thousand for the chance to shoot this ram.

I always tell them that they can find him on the North Fork of No-Tellum Creek. He lives there with about 60 other rams.

Bighorn Sheep are the easiest of all wildlife to approach and photograph. The main secret is to approach slowly and at an angle, and never use a direct rapid approach.

I have photographed four individual rams of this size and larger. If you see a bighorn ram of this size, keep his location secret like I do, or he will end up hanging on some hunter's wall. There are unethical sheep hunters that will kill bighorns in national parks and other preserves in their obsessive desire to shoot "A World-Record Ram".

I have observed thousands of bighorns in my lifetime and I am convinced that shooting these large dominant rams is harmful to the overall reproductive health of a herd. Hunters and game management agencies preach that taking these large rams does no harm. They like to claim that younger rams can do the breeding after these rams are killed. They are wrong.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Crossing The Snake - Mule Deer - Rockefeller Parkway, Wyoming

A Mule Deer doe and her fawn cross the Snake River in Wyoming. I took this photo last fall as I was heading toward Yellowstone.
The fawn has lost its' spots and is growing its' winter coat which resembles the adults'.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Remembering Macho B - Killed by Criminal Biologists

I was in Arizona two years ago when this beautiful Jaguar was captured by snaring him by his foot. (He may have spent 16 hours in the snare trying to get loose.)He was then drugged and had this gigantic radio collar put around his neck.
He was put to death eleven days later when he was found with failing kidneys ( Kidneys get damaged when the waste from muscles, damaged while struggling to escape the snare, plugs up the kidneys causing them to fail.) and unable to hunt. Macho B was the only Jaguar left in the U.S..

When the Arizona Game and Fish Department sent Mach B to a taxidermist to have his skin removed so they could use it for a display, Macho B was found to have a large festering abscess at the capture dart injection site. Other photos of this botched study show Macho B lying on a dirty jacket with his head wrapped in a dirty T-shirt while being fitted with this collar.

Emil McCain, the biologist who planned and set up Macho Bs capture, pleaded guilty recently to capturing an endangered species without a permit and lying to Federal officials about it. He was fined a paltry $1000 and got five years probation for killing this beautiful Jaguar. The Arizona Department of Game and Fish has filed a $8,000 civil lawsuit against McCain for causing the death of Macho B.

McCain has a history of bad behavior. He was fired from his job working on the Yellowstone Cougar Project when he was convicted for using a friend's hunting license to kill a deer in Montana and he was involved in studies that caused the death of at least two other Jaguars in Mexico.

I read that he got a job in Spain working on a Iberian Lynx study, so watch for those endangered animals to start dying. He should have a lifetime ban on working with any wildlife. If you know anyone in Spain, alert them to this criminal's danger to their wildlife.

When this Jaguar died, he was portrayed by McCain as old and in bad shape at the time of his capture. This photo supplied by the AZDG&F shows a healthy, well fed Jaguar at that time.

The original story before McCain's conviction, was that the capture of Macho B was accidental and that the biologists were trying to snare Black bears and Cougars for the AZDG&F.

It came out in the investigation that McCain and his helpers(One of them was fired from the AZDG&F for helping) used female Jaguar scat from the Phoenix Zoo as bait for the snare and that he had ordered this special radio collar in anticipation of capturing Macho B.

This capture scene is repeated over and over in our national parks and wildlife refuges by biologists that have lost all sense of what it means for wildlife to really be wild and free.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Indian Pow Wows - Very Special Events

I took this photo over twenty years ago at a pow wow in Montana. This nice looking gentleman said his first name was Roy. Roy, if you see this, send me an e-mail and I will send you an 8x10 print. (I hope my memory didn't lapse on the name.)
I saturated the original photo and then posterized it to give it this look.
I enjoy attending pow wows and watching all of the dancers perform in their bright colored outfits.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Coyote With Mange - National Elk Refuge - Jackson, Wyoming

This coyote is afflicted with mange. Mange is an infestation of scabies mites which suck blood and cause the hair to fall out. It is spread by contact and can spread rapidly though a population of coyotes or wolves. If severe enough, the disease causes death in the winter when infected animals die from the cold.
I don't know if coyote's exposed skin is always black like this or whether his skin turned black from repeated exposure to the cold. Some people thought that this animal was a wolf because he looked black. I think this coyote should be killed before it spreads mange to other animals.

The Druid Pack of Yellowstone Wolves all died a year ago after catching mange.

Mange in humans is called Scabies or the Itch and can spread rapidly in school children. The elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge sometimes get Scabies as well. I am not sure if the same mange mite can infect various species or if the mites are specific to a particular host. Scientists disagree whether mange is endemic to North America or if it was brought in by white settlers and their livestock.

Early settlers in the west reported that the Bighorn Sheep population was decimated when wild sheep caught Scabies from their domestic cousins.

It is not a pretty way to die.