September 12, 2012

Wolf     Photo: Dennis Matheson/Flickr

23,500 Apply for Minnesota Wolf Hunt

Only 6,000 permits will be awarded

Over 23,477 people have applied for 6,000 permits in the first Minnesota wolf hunt since their removal from the endangered species list. People from 33 states have applied for the lottery with the vast majority coming from out of state. Licenses will be issued for $30 for Minnesota residents and $250 for out-of-state hunters. The state has set a cap of 400 wolves that can be killed this year in two seasons—one starting in November to coincide with deer season and the other set for later in the year so trappers can take wolves with their thicker winter pelts. The hunt has faced intense opposition by environmental groups as several Western states have permitted wolf hunting. "Minnesotans want to be able to hear that howl in the woods. They know there's no reason to have this hunt," Maureen Hackett, a member of the group Howling for Wolves, said. "We want people to know the killing is going to begin soon but that we can still make a difference."

Via Scientific American


Hundreds of climbers, guides, and Sherpas trudge toward Camp IV on May 18.     Photo: Rob Sobecki

Sherpas Voice Objections to Climate Studies

Scientists fail to include locals in research

Mount Everest Sherpas are angry with how studies of glaciers and glacial lakes have been conducted in recent years, according to a report from the BBC. If things don’t change, they threaten to no longer allow studies to be performed in the region. “The situation has become such,” said Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, “that many Sherpas in the region do not even want to hear the words 'climate change' these days.” The failure to include local people in scientific research has resulted in sudden panic when the results of glacial studies finally trickle back to the community through media reports. Local leaders are also concerned that not enough attention is being paid to glacial lake outburst and that too much attention is being paid to the Imja lake, while other, more dangerous glacial lakes are being ignored.



Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong     Photo: derekmarkham/Flickr

Kristin Armstrong's Olympic Bikes Stolen

Empty boxes arrive at home

Two bicycles belonging to Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong were stolen while being shipped from Germany to her home in Idaho. Armstrong had lent her Felt road and winning time trial bikes, each worth nearly $30,000, to an exhibit called Eurobike. After the end of the event, the cycles were shipped to Armstrong in Boise; however, when she opened the boxes that arrived at her home, they were empty. Her team, Exergy 2012, is offering a reward for information leading to the return of the bicycles.

Via The Sacramento Bee