Wildlife

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Wildlife Conflicts Mount As Population Soars

Recent issues with wolves developing a taste for mutton and at least one grizzly bear in Eastern Idaho seems to like veal (he killed a calf), have Idaho wildlife managers caught in a bind. Historically, ranchers and settlers spent many years and bullets wiping out the predators to insure the safety of their flocks and […]

Was Grizzly Shot, Killed, Slaughtered, Whacked, Blasted, Smacked, Harvested, Put Down?

It will be interesting to see how the Idaho Fish and Game Department spins a new development on a single permit to hunt and kill a grizzly bear in Idaho near Yellowstone Park this fall. F&G officials determined that a single permit was warranted to kill a bear after the grizzly was “delisted” as an […]

Open Space Advocate On Bike Park Decision

GUEST OPINION BY Katie Fite Public Lands Director WildLands Defense The Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission failed to uphold two separate Appeals of permits for Hillside Grading and Flood Plain development to allow construction of a two million dollar Mountain Bike Park in Military Reserve. The Albertson’s Family Foundation would pay for construction, taxpayers […]

Got A Spare Bear To Kill?

Guest Opinion By INNA PATRICK, Ph.D. The proposal to hunt a lonesome male grizzly bear in Eastern Idaho is not in the public interest. There is no scientific proof that killing a single bear is “wildlife management.” It certainly is not a hunting season. Idaho F&G does not want to provide protected habitat for large […]

Wildlife Advocate Cries Foul On Bike Plan

Local wildlife and wildland activist offers alternative to bike park. “The Fate of Boise’s Military Reserve: A Valued Natural Area, or Bike Mecca?” Guest Opinion By KATIE FITE A year’s worth of secretive, closed door meetings between Boise City and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons’ Family Foundation hatched a plan to construct an “All Skills” […]

Still Room For Bird Tour

We still have room for three more passengers if you want to take the half day excursion to see migrating waterfowl at Fort Boise near Parma. See details in previous post. If you leave details in the comment section, they will remain private.

Idaho Spring Break Is For The Birds

The GUARDIAN ran across a really cool Idaho spring break idea Monday worth a half day jaunt to the Idaho Fish and Game Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area near Parma. The place is packed with migratory wildfowl. Snow geese are the overwhelming leader, but there are all sorts of ducks, geese and swans as well. […]

NNU Nighthawk Mascot Is a Goatsucker

Local media was alight with announcements Monday that CRUSADER has taken on a negative connotation, so the new mascot is a NIGHT HAWK for Nampa’s Northwest Nazarene University. But did the well-intentioned deciders at the Christian institution of higher learning not have at least one staffer who had a passing interest in ornithology? Night hawks, […]

Pollution Solution For Loose Goose

GUARDIAN readers have long advocated assorted meal plans for Boise’s homeless population supplementing diets with fresh goose meat. In Washington, D.C. the idea has apparently taken hold with the National Park Service. Here is a piece sent to us by a reader that addresses the problem of goose poop and feeding the hungry. In typical […]

Ball Park May Face Extra Innings

It looks like Boise’s downtown “field of dreams” ball park proposal could go into extra innings if the home team calling itself CONCERNED BOISE TAXPAYERS is able to keep the developer and local agencies from getting to first base. The group boasts Gary Michael, former Albertson CEO, as the lead off pitcher with a bullpen […]

Great Birding As Water Flows Rise

The past weekend offered some great birdwatching opportunities, thanks to sunshine and high water. The white pelicans are flocking to the water below C.J. Strike Dam on the Snake River south of Mountain Home as seen in this David R. Frazier image. A good pair of binoculars provides a great chance to watch the “C-130 […]

Too Much Water For Sockeye Salmon

It seems counterintuitive, but the famed “red fish” sockeye salmon at the Idaho Fish and Game Eagle Island hatchery could be victim of too much water. F&G staffers are trying to defy gravity with sandbags to keep the Boise River from overflowing its banks and flooding the hatchery. Each morning staff members from Fish and […]

On-Line Poachers Hack Idaho F&G

It may not be Wikileaks or Hillary’s missing 15,000 missing messages, but a computer breach that is more serious than politics was revealed Wednesday evening in Idaho. Other states are checking for breaches as well. Here is the report from Idaho’s Fish and Game Department. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – 9:10 PM MDT The Idaho […]

Rexburg Area Cougar Dead After Attack

A family camping near Rexburg Friday night is safe after law enforcement killed a female mountain lion which had attempted to take their young daughter from their campsite. The Fish and Game account of the incident follows. By Gregg Losinski, Regional Conservation Educator A family camping near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg, Idaho, […]

Air War Plays Out Near Lucky Peak

It looked like an all out air war Tuesday afternoon when fire broke out in prime winter deer habitat near Hilltop along both sides of Highway 21. The usual assortment of BLM, Forest Service, and local fire departments tossed everything they had at the blaze. At the scene we were told that “two structures” were […]

Protest Erupts In Gun Fire At Burns, Rangeland Protesters Set To Meet In Boise Saturday

MSNBC is reporting gunfire and death Tuesday afternoon at the standoff in Harney County, Oregon where armed protesters have occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge for several weeks. See the FBI news release at the end of this post for more details. The GUARDIAN has confirmed that a group with apparently similar concerns as the protesters […]

“Buck Stops Here,” But Only Briefly

We obtained a “body cam” segment from Idaho Fish and Game’s John McLain, a conservation officer in Idaho County. It didn’t take an official public records request for this law enforcement video. It had a happy ending after McLain encountered a deer entangled in baling twine in August. Upon seeing McLain, the buck panicked, but […]

Foothills Levy Nothing But A Slush Fund

Question: Shall the City of Boise City, Idaho protect clean water and drinking water, wildlife habitat, critical open space, and native plant species, and enhance recreation opportunities and trails through the establishment of a fund from a temporary override levy enabling the purchase of property and improvement projects in areas such as the Boise Foothills […]

World Social Media Ablaze Over ISU Staffer “Huntress”

Social media is ablaze with comments over a series of posts and tweets featuring an Idaho “huntress” who is shown posing with a series of dead African game animals, in the wake of the controversy ignited by the death of “Cecil the lion.” While we don’t know if the images are really of Sabrina Corgatelli, […]

Circus vs Zoo Debate Sparks Passion

When we posted the previous story (scroll down) we were intrigued that Boise City Councilor TJ Thomson opposed the exhibition of animals in the circus, so we asked about his position on the captive critters at Zoo Boise. Thomson offered an explanation of his feelings about the circus vs the zoo. A careful read shows […]

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