Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wildlife Services Needs to be Abolished

WildLife Services uses airplanes like this one to shoot wolves from the air in western states. This agency kills thousands of animals each year to subsidize the livestock industry in the west. This plane was buzzing wolves in Yellowstone when I took this photo.
This Huffington Post  article  explains the reasons this agency should be abolished:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Lamar Canyon Pack Pups Playing - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Sometime a photographer sees a lot more than he can adequately photograph. These pups were too far away and I was shooting into the sun, but I enjoyed watching them play for over an hour about a month ago.
I took lots of photos that are good enough for this blog, but will not be sharp enough to enlarge to any size.

Right now in Idaho, where I live, pups like these are being shot, trapped, and snared by the neck in the Idaho Fish and Game Department's War On Wolves. The department, at the request of Idaho Governor Butch Otter, is going to kill over 600 wolves this winter out of a total number of about 850. I have always been a moderate on wolves, but this is not good management.   It is a callous disregard for anything close to fair chase and good game management practice. Treating wolves this way is criminal.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pocket Gopher - Red Cliffs, Utah

I hope this is a pocket gopher. I don't have a mammal ID book with me.
 I was sitting at my picnic table in the Red Cliffs Campground here in Utah when this little rodent started coming part way out of its' burrow and  clipping grass and stuffing it in its' pockets. You can see the bulge (pocket) where the grass is stored below and behind its' ear. After it had its' pockets full, it would disappear into its' burrow for a minute to empty its' pockets, and suddenly appear and start the whole process over again. This is the first time I have seen these animals active during the day. They are usually nocturnal.