The closing of the spring bear hunt season resulted in an explosion of higher numbers and more aggressive bears. Bears now think that humans are the easy source of food as there is no hunting going in the spring. [ Utes and others hunted year round ].
Second, the vacating of grazing allotments and new lion study areas [ no hunting allowed ] has destroyed deer, elk, antelope ... populations. Thus smaller herds and your lone antelope example.
Not a water problem. The drought hype [ like AGW ] is just another government program designed to raise our taxes & fees while turning citizens into slaves.
posted on 10/01/2013 5:38:54 PM PDT
(Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
"Not a water problem. The drought hype [ like AGW ] is just another government program designed to raise our taxes & fees while turning citizens into slaves."
We did have very dry weather last year, but there was much precipitation for this area in spring and September this year (about 12-13 inches or so yearly in good years). Agreed on the government drought hype for federal dollars, taxes and fees.
We might have a wetter winter (more spraying ice from the peaks near here) and are preparing with more snow fence. Might even find time to get a V-shaped, radius'd, fixed blade put together for a vehicle (just enough to clear for the differentials, might work with truck tire chains). The spraying ice was downright ugly deep in 2008 and the winter before last.
Also agreed on the foolery of cutting bear hunting. Bears must be really thick by now in the more heavily treed and populated lower elevations. The bears around here mind their own business and haven't been any problem, though. Not many trees or people here, and it's colder than most places on the Range. I haven't seen any bear sign closer than about a quarter of a mile (regular route to water for one of 'em) and haven't seen the bears.
posted on 10/01/2013 6:25:35 PM PDT
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