Showing posts from December, 2011

How Resolute Are Your Resolutions?

It's that time of year again when everyone talks about the big changes they are going to make in their life.  You know the perennial favorites...lose weight, exercise, eat healthy, read the Bible all the way through, quit smoking, worry less, delete your Facebook....wait, what?  Anyway, most of them are only a dream after January 2 anyway. The truth is most of these changes don't need a New Year to put them into effect.  Any day that you realize you need to make a difference in your life by kicking an old habit or picking up a new one is the day to start.  So how do you set an keep New Year's resolutions? I don't know.  And I'm not going to pretend I do.  But here's how I'm going to go about accomplishing some specific things this year. The first thing I think is important is to set specific goals.  For example, I'm going to run my first 5k in 2012.  This one goal creates a road map to getting in top physical condition and eating right.  The  Five

Thoughts on Wolf Management

I'll admit that several years ago I didn't believe that gray wolves in the western states surrounding Yellowstone National Park were big problem.  Living in Wyoming, you mostly heard ranchers complaining about them.  The word on the street was those same ranchers were being reimbursed by the government for livestock that were supposedly killed by wolves.  So they could lose livestock for any reason, blame and on the wolves and collect a check, right? Leo Larsen with his Montana wolf Well, I don't know if that's how it really worked, but until recently I never gave much credit to the notion that wolves were a serious problem to livestock or big game populations.  The so-called "conservationists," which are really just liberal tree huggers (and liberals control the media) paint them as cuddly little critters and give you the idea that the packs are so small and controlled that they aren't doing any real damage. How many elk and deer do you think it takes