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Catron County Standoff Over Habituated Wolf Ends With Lethal Removal
— by Laurie Schneberger

On July 6, much to the relief of ranchers in the region, Mexican wolf AF 924 was lethally removed. Despite wolf team inability to make a swift decision in issuing the removal order that lasted for a week past the third and fourth confirmed livestock kills, the order was carried out.

During the three weeks prior to the removal, Catron County leadership was threatened with arrest by federal agents if they removed the wolf non-lethally. Despite the fed´s threats, the county wolf interaction investigator had placed a hava-heart trap in the area in order to remove AF 924 and turn her over to the interagency wolf management team.


Governor Richardson Seeks to Change Protocols for Mexican Wolf Recovery Program

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson seeks to change key protocols for the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program following a recent wolf kill incident in southwestern New Mexico

“I am deeply concerned about the recent escalation in wolf removals and incidents surrounding yesterday’s lethal removal of a female wolf,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “State Police are investigating the incident and are collecting the facts as this investigation takes its course.”


USDA Announces Initiative to Improve Sage-Grouse Conservation First Signup Runs Through April 23

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new initiative to protect sage grouse population and habitat in 11 western states using two popular U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs—Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
"USDA will take bold steps to ensure the enhancement and preservation of sage-grouse habitat and the sustainability of working ranches and farms in the western United States," Vilsack said. "Our targeted approach will seek out projects that offer the highest potential for boosting sage-grouse populations and enhancing habitat quality."

Sucker Punch
— by Lee Pitts

At the end of both World Wars a grateful nation gave veterans the opportunity to homestead land on the California and Oregon border. Guy Porterfield was one of those veterans who came home from the first World War and, together with his wife Mary, homesteaded on 80 acres in Tulelake, California in 1929. They survived the depression and through sheer determination, hard work and irrigation water they expanded their 80-acre holding and built a sizable farming and cattle operation.

In the year 2001 the same government that rewarded Guy Porterfield for service to his country by giving him farm ground is now attempting to take that same ground, and much more, away from his son.