Buffer zones around National Parks preserve the visitor experience

Cougar Fund board member, Jane Goodall wrote fondly of her memories of the wolves in Denali. There was one pack in particular that existed and was studied simultaneously with Dr. Jane’s own work in Gombe. The parallel lives of her chimpanzees and Denali’s sentinel wolf pack make the story of the wolves’ demise even valtrex to buy more poignant for Dr. Jane.

The introduction of buffer zones is the hope for a future of glimpses, howling and connection with recovering packs in Denali. May this initiative spread to include all parks where great predators roam uncross unseen boundaries and run the spectrum of man’s interest from blood lust to awe.


Wise words about children, education and safe practices

Only one strike for grizzly bear in Montana

Kentucky mountain lion mystery is revisited

A Tale of Two States

Oregon has made another controversial decision to lethally remove a mountain lion from an area in the town of Bend. The commitment to public safety is indeed understandable and no-one would argue otherwise. The question is, however, whether the knee jerk reaction of immediately killing mountain lions is the very best response to ensuring public safety?

Oregon’s neighbor to the south, California, has a totally different attitude and response to the presence of mountain lions in that great state. The people of California voted to protect cougars from the practice of recreational slaughter. This does not mean that mountain lions are not managed, indeed authorities still respond to situations of public safety and livestock growers are able to protect their domestic interests. The difference is in the way that authorities respond and the receptivity of the public in contributing to their own safety.

Within hours of each other the following two scenarios unfolded. We must question why one was dealt with in a proactive, humane and successful manner and the actions in the other  were reactive and frankly, offensive. How can we encourage states to be sensitive and protect their citizens at the same time? California and Florida prove it can be done. We must ask the states that ‘shoot first’ why they make the choice to do so, because that is all it is…a choice



Wyoming Game & Fish to offer large carnivore seminars

Wyoming Game & Fish will again offer their “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country” seminar series across the state this spring. The timing of the seminars coincides with the annual emergence of bears from their dens. The seminars are free and open to the public, and will emphasize safe recreational behaviors and what to do in the event of an encounter with a large carnivore.

Full story & seminar schedule: http://county10.com/2015/03/26/as-bears-emerge-gf-offers-seminars-on-large-carnivores-to-teach-safety-and-awareness/

Cougar sightings in San Carlos, CA

In the last few weeks, there have been multiple cougar sightings in San Carlos, California. California Department of Fish and Wildlife suspect that the on-going drought may be driving lions into more risky areas as they search for food and water. As always, officials are reminding residents to take the necessary precautions that come with living in cougar country.

Full story: http://patch.com/california/belmont-ca/mountain-lion-spotted-san-carlos-2

Ranchers like this need our respect and encouragement

It is rare for a news story to be as fair and positive as this one, that is because in our ‘follow the money’ society, fair and positive does not sell many newspapers. That makes Mr and Mrs Robinett unique, not only for being newsworthy but because it is people like this, people that live from the land, people who produce livestock, who suffer losses and get right back up to face another day, another challenge–these are the people who will defuse the runaway vitriol, the hate, the accusations and the aggression.

An article like this can do more for peaceful buy generic valtrex canada co-existence on lands where wild meets mild, than any group, than any lawsuit, than any politician.

There is no advocacy that can convince people, like Jon and Debbie, to learn to live with wolves. They come from a place of wisdom, of learning that you do not have to kill to survive. You can choose to adapt, to celebrate your livelihood within the challenges of the natural world instead of succumbing to destruction.

Progress is evident when good and caring folk move forward. Jon and Debbie Robinett are leading the way.