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As 2011 comes to a close, WSF would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the WSF Mountain Minutes a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

Sheep Wars Part I
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From April 22, 2011: Steve and his brother were busy setting up their base camp after flying into the Brooks Range in northern Alaska to hunt Dall sheep. They were pumped. Months of preparation had brought them to this spot. As they sorted their gear for the arduous task ahead, they weren't too surprised to see a large fellow coming over from a guide's base camp, which had been set up at the airstrip. People are usually few and far between in that country, so cordial visits are normal when running into others. The tone of the situation quickly changed, however, when the guide started talking. "You guys need to stay out of this canyon. There's some rams up there that we're saving for clients," he said, pointing back toward a drainage to the west. More

Hunter who struck out on Alaska moose hunt ends up in trouble
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From May 20, 2011: Arizona hunter Peter Amador was a winner in the 2010 Alaska big-game lottery who ended up a big loser. First, his Nelchina Basin moose hunt proved wet and unsuccessful, and now Alaska Wildlife Troopers have charged him with a crime. More

'Chadwick Ram' marks 75th anniversary
Cody Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 14, 2011: Even a quick look at the "Chadwick Ram" leaves a lasting impression. The ram's Boone & Crocket score - 196 6/8 inches - makes it the standing all-time record for a Stone's sheep. But the symmetry and perfect curling of the horns is unprecedented, said Warren Newman. "It is considered the most perfect big game trophy of any species," he said. Newman is curator of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, where the trophy is housed. More

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Montana ups wolf quota to make up for lost season
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From June 20, 2011: Hunters would be able to remove up to 220 gray wolves from Montana's landscape this fall under a tentative quota and seasons adopted by the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission and reported in the Helena Independent Record. More

Bighorn sheep may have adapted to mountain lions
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From July 8, 2011: Although still a favorite snack for hungry mountain lions, bighorn sheep may have adapted to the presence of the predator, which may account for steadier herd population numbers on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. According to estimates by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, there are currently about 400 bighorn on the refuge, down from a high of about 800 in 2000. More

Big horn sheep found with goats in Wyoming
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From Sept. 9, 2011: Wyoming game managers recently euthanized a big horn sheep found north of Gillette. The big horn had wandered into Campbell County in early July and was found among a herd of goats. Because the big horn was among a herd of goats, the Wyoming Game and Fish policy is to kill the big horn sheep in order to prevent the transmission of disease from spreading to either domestic or wild animals. More

Wolves recovered, myths persist
Idaho Mountain Express    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 27, 2011: Want to become informed on wolf issues? Don't turn to the Internet, say wolf experts. "If you really want to get misinformed, go on the blogs," Carter Niemeyer, former wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told a group of Idaho Conservation League members during the group's annual conference at Redfish Lake Lodge. "It's bullisome, it's hostile and it's intimidating. There's a real attempt to misinform, and so people are totally confused about wolves." More

Hiker's death prompts $10 million in claims against Olympic National Park
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From Aug. 12, 2011: Wrongful death and personal injury claims totaling $10,022,700 have been made against Olympic National Park over the death of Bob Boardman, and a full-blown lawsuit may be imminent, according to his estate's lawyer. "We are intending to file a wrongful death suit," personal injury lawyer John Messina of Tacoma said. He said the park is liable for Boardman's death. More

Battle for bighorns
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From July 22, 2011: A seven-year-old bighorn ram, radio collared as part of a study by biologists of the Nez Perce tribe, stood on a bluff overlooking rancher Mick Carlson's corrals one day in May 2009. His coat gray with age, the ram was no stranger to Carlson's ranch, which lies in the Salmon River Canyon east of Riggins, Idaho, on the edge of the Payette National Forest and a stretch of Bureau of Land Management grassland. The radio collar showed that the ram had visited Carlson's ranch frequently. He was a member of a native bighorn population that roams more than 25 miles up and down the Salmon River Canyon through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. More

Montana man sentenced for videotaping bighorn sheep hunt without permit
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From July 22, 2011: A Whitehall, Mont., man was sentenced to serve probation after being found guilty in a bench trial of videotaping hunting activities on public land without a permit. John Edward Lewton, 51, was sentenced to a term of one year of probation during a federal court session in Great Falls, Mont. As a special condition of his sentence, he was also banned from conducting commercial activity on any federal land in Montana for one year. More

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