Monthly Archives: March 2016

Beware of the Big Bad Wolf

by Maury JonesMauryJones2

A front page article in the March 2 issue of the JH News & Guide regarding a wolf encounter by local resident Brian Hayden included this statement; “Wild wolves, going by the numbers, virtually never attack people.” The facts dispute that conclusion.

From the year 1800 until present there have been at least 36 fatal attacks by wolves in North America. Two of these fatalities occurred in this century.

On March 8, 2010, schoolteacher Candice Berner was out jogging near her home in Alaska and was attacked and killed by a wolf or wolves. DNA testing and necropsies performed on wolves killed in the area shortly after the attack ruled out rabies or wolf-dog hybridization as being causes of the attack. read more

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19 Elk Killed by Wolves 23 March 2016

19 elk killed by wolves 23 March 2016

Those nice cuddly wolves killed 19 elk on the McNeil Elk Feedground last night.  They slaughtered 17 calves and 2 cow elk.  The only thing they ate were the fetuses in the two cow elk.  Don’t you Wolf Worshippers EVER try to again claim that wolves won’t kill for sport.  That is a lie like the rest of the lies told in order to get these wolves introduced.

A pack of wolves that killed some cattle a couple of weeks ago and the US Fish and Wildlife Service shot 5 of those wolves from a helicopter, leaving 12 wolves in the pack.  There is nothing that can stand up against 17 very large wolves in a pack.  And when they decide to just kill for fun, the 12 remaining can do a lot of damage, as witness by 19 elk killed in one night by them. read more

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

by Maury JonesMauryJones3

In 1972, when I majored in Game and Fish Management at Arizona State University, Cleveland Amory and his Fund-For-Animals had a convention to drum up support for their anti-hunting cause. Me and some other characters decided to take advantage of the situation. [note to editors; I know proper grammar is supposed to be “a couple of guys and I”, but please don’t ruin my persona by correcting the lousy cowboy grammar.] We set up a table on the sidewalk with a sign having a cute caricature of a little woodchuck-looking animal and the caption, SAVE the NAUGAS. BAN NAUGAHIDE. We explained that a Nauga was a cute furry little animal which lived in remote wilderness areas. The ‘capitalist pigs’ were exploiting them for obscene profits and were hunting and trapping them to extinction just to tan their skins and make Naugahide. We had a donation jar for our cause. Our impassioned pleas garnered sympathy and even a few donations from gullible attendees. I believe we collected about $17, which we promptly blew by sitting on the naugahide-covered stools at the Sun Devil Dive quaffing root beer and snarfing burgers and fries. We justified our lavish depletion of Nauga funds by calling it a ‘board meeting’. We moved, seconded, and passed a resolution to do all in our power to save the Naugas. In spite of our best efforts, Naugas rapidly became extinct and were the inspiration and poster-critters for the Endangered Species Act which was subsequently passed by Congress the following year. read more

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Government Should Not Provide Housing

by Maury JonesMauryJones2

Any time government steps in to solve a problem it creates two or more problems of equal or greater magnitude. That maxim seems to describe Teton County Housing Authority (TCHA), a local government attempt to make housing more affordable for public employees and lower income private sector workers.

Everyone else is weighing in on this issue. It is time for some simple cowboy common sense to be applied.

First, this cowboy operates from the premise that almost no one in government deliberately starts out to cause or exacerbate a problem. They are generally good-hearted and have good intentions. They are usually competent in trying to resolve issues. They do the best they can under the circumstances and under the parameters they are given. Having said that, bureaucratic ineptitude is almost a proverb. Why? Because it is someone else’s money. A worthy project seems to get out of control under government oversight. read more

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BREAKING: Violations of the Wyoming Constitution

This Complaint calls into issue matters of great public importance and concern over the pervasive efforts of the Wyoming Legislature to exceed its constitutional authority and to assume executive functions. At issue are contracts and actions taken with respect to what is known as the “Capitol Square Project.” Where the Legislature has been unwilling to constrain itself to its constitutional role, the Plaintiffs ask that the judiciary set the limits of the Legislature’s constitutional authority and restore the balance of powers, confining the Legislature to those powers prescribed to it by the Wyoming Constitution. This case represents only the latest in the inclination on the part of the Wyoming Legislature to exceed its constitutional authority. read more

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