Too much, too soon
Your article with the findings from the grizzly attack last September was unlike anything I’ve ever read in the News&Guide. The level of detail with which the attack occurred and the extent of the wounds was very graphic. Our society craves details, and we are all curious about what happened on Terrace Mountain that horrible day, but it seemed like way more detail than normal or necessary.
Mark left behind five kids and a wife. They are still grieving bitterly the loss of their husband and father. Being a small-town paper, we know they read that article and are once again having to relive that terrible day. And beyond the family, the close friends of Mark who are also still grieving.
I understand our thirst for details. But in the future can we please stop and consider who may be affected by that level of explicit detail? Perhaps just an article saying the investigation was over with some general details and guiding those who really wanted the details to Game and Fish for the full report would better serve all.
Mule deer leadership
We live, work and recreate in this area. One of the things we appreciate the most is the opportunity to enjoy free-roaming wildlife. We are also aware that while wildlife face numerous challenges, mule deer are especially imperiled.
Strong lease stipulations specific to mule deer are needed for both migration corridors and crucial winter range. The good news is that Wyoming is leading the nation in migration science.
We already know the location of many corridors, stopovers, bottlenecks and crucial winter range. The Bureau of Land Management can conserve some of the last and most impressive migration routes in the world by protecting only a few areas.
We ask the ask newly elected Gov. Mark Gordon and the Game and Fish Department to take the lead by developing best management practices and insisting that the BLM defer leasing in those areas long enough to develop a permanent, science-based solution and get it right. Wyoming can devise approaches to keep not only the landscape of the corridors intact but also the intergenerational memory of those routes. We’d hate for mule deer to go the way of the buffalo.
Michele and Rob Irwin