Tag: Management Plans

Petition Targets ‘Rogue’ Killings by Wildlife Services

NOTE: Article initially appeared in the Washington Post on December 15th, 2013. Darryl Fears They say U.S. critter assassins work in secret, quietly laying traps, lacing food with poison, sniping at targets from helicopters. Few

Planned Grazing and Keyline-Contour Subsoiling Restores Damaged Land at Circle Ranch, March 2009 – September 2013

In the southwest corner of Circle Ranch in the deep, steppe-shrub desert, we have a stock tank which we call “Lobo” because it was the last place that the Mexican wolf was seen in Hudspeth

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Science and Range Scientists

When we bought Circle Ranch in 1999 it had been continuously ranched since about 1881, using domestic livestock like horses, sheep, goats, and cattle.  Our intention was not to graze.  We had been taught by

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Coexisting With Cattle

On the grasslands of East Africa cattle are sometimes helped by wildlife, whereas at other times, wildlife compete with cattle: it’s all about timing. The articles below report on a simple experiment that tested whether

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Genuine Land Stewardship

Steve Nelle on Genuine Land Stewardship Reprinted in its entirety below is an excellent article by our friend, Steve Nelle, entitled Genuine Land Stewardship.  Steve is a range and wildlife scientist who has enjoyed a long and

Sierra Diablo Management Plan Containing Comments from Christopher Gill

Cooperation: This satellite photograph (below, not above) shows the Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area outlined in black, and Circle Ranch in red.  Circle is triple the size of the WMA.

Black Gap WMA Management Plan

The primary objective of this Wildlife Management Area, stated at page 24 in the document below, is to restore indigenous species. The elk removal policy is found at page 26, #7: elk will be controlled

Big Bend Ranch State Park Bighorn Sheep Restoration Plan

The document below was provided to Circle Ranch by the Texas Department of Wildlife in August, 2008 in response to concerns about the culling of elk in the vicinity of our ranch.

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Elephant Mountain WMA Management Plan

Elephant Mountain WMA was given to, and accepted by, the Department for the purpose of increasing big game animals which at that time included elk, page 10.   The WMA’s primary goal is stated to be