Throughout the 45 administration the @GOP made efforts to privatize the National Parks, 45 tried to raise gate fees, and sell off elements to various developers.

They failed.

Overwhelmingly people supported affordable and accessible National Parks
There was damage tho, @GOP efforts to raise prices and reduce services did succeed in one thing.

Nearly tripling room costs in some of our most iconic parks

45 allowed concessionaires to rewrite their contracts and throw out pricing regulations that kept prices affordable
Join us in asking @SecDebHaaland @POTUS and @VP
to rescind the Trump era pricing increases and return our parks to the glory days

Young, old, rich or poor, this is your land, that's what the parks are all about.

Tripping the cost of staying with us, was wrong.
We won the election, and the congress, now the hard work begins.

Positive change starts, right here, right now.

Let's petition Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to right this wrong and make staying in our parks affordable for everyone, again.
45 failed in privatizing the parks, but he did manage to do some damage. By letting parks concessionaires rewrite their contracts and ignore previous regulations that kept overnight stays affordable.

Some room rates nearly tripled, and that's not right.…

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4 Apr
Our column on wildlife mismanagement wasn't popular, but it needed to be said.

The entire country only eats about 35 million cattle a year
But another 250 million wildlife are killed annually.

Slaughtering wildlife for fun isn't management
It's a mental illness.
Fact is wildlife mismanagement is deliberate

If we recovered wildlife population densities, hunted responsibly and eliminated most of the $66 billion in annual meat industry subsidies, we'd begin an economic spiral towards to eating mostly wild game

Mismanagement is deliberate
Only 10% of the nations beef cattle graze public lands, less than 4% of the total cattle inventory. But that's enough to give industry the excuse it needs to slaughter wildlife down to about 2% of it's historic populations

And perpetuate the subsidized destruction of the west
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Neither of the previous photos is of Little Red.

This one looks a lot like Red but I'm not positive this is him. Red's slightly lighter in color and without Bio Mom around or his adopted family there's just not enough identifying characteristics to be sure.
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If I'd have been giving him instructions he couldn't have been a more cooperative subject.
Threw me every pose, in just the perfect background. If he were a human we'd call him a ham.
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17 Mar
Today in wildlife mismanagement

Wildlife Services…
The only function of the USDA Wildlife Services is to kill wildlife.

And yes, it's taxpayer subsidized. Image
Wildlife Services gets sued regularly but they seem to be exempt from the endangered species act.

In 2019 alone they killed 2.7 million animals mostly with poison bait, traps and exploding cyanide bombs,…
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4 Mar
Today in wildlife mismanagement

Why is Yellowstone National Park forced by law to slaughter a portion of its Bison herd, annually?
Cattle ranchers, who often were the driving force behind incorporating western states back in the mid to late 1800s, installed ranching friendly governments. installed ranching friendly judges and legislatures, owned the western states

This is what's called a corporate oligarchy
The oligarchies rigged votes, killed competitors, even engaged in open combat in what's today known as the range wars.

Eventually they developed a system of kickbacks between the governments they controlled and the businesses they ran.

We call them subsidies.
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The North American model of conservation leans heavily on excuses to hunt and thin or eradicate wildlife populations if possible in order to favor domestic livestock grazing.

And as you might have guessed it's a dismal failure.

Lets look at a few examples.

Wolves eat Elk about 90% of the time
The average age of that Elk is about 13
Well beyond prime reproductive age
When a human hunter kills an Elk
The average age is about 6
Right smack in the middle of it's prime breeding age

The weak the sick and the old remain
Today, Elk numbers are at about 10% of their historic norms.

Not long ago there were 6 species of Elk, today there are four.

Chronic wasting disease is rampant in areas where wolves have been eradicated and almost nonexistent where wolves have been returned.
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