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Offline Alan K

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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2018, 10:17:37 PM »
Admittedly, no I wasn't around (as an adult anyway) in the 80's so I can't speak to historical grouse numbers with first hand knowledge.  On national parks and grouse. . . I assume you're talking about grouse numbers being higher there, but I'd say that's because of a lack of hunting.  If you're trying to say that the areas that lack spraying have higher grouse numbers, a more appropriate comparison would be NF land where there is hunting.  In the Gifford Pinchot I don't see grouse numbers nearly as high as I do in Vail. Maybe with the free for all access they're over hunted? That's my only real exposure to areas free of herbicides though. :dunno:

Read the 3rd paragraph of my last post.  Nowhere have I said that any of the chemicals are 'good'.  Quite the opposite. ALL CHEMICALS ARE DANGEROUS AT A HIGH ENOUGH EXPOSURE LEVEL.  When used according to the labels and the application rates, buffers from water etc. set by the scientists, yes, I do believe they are safe. 

All governments have different comfort levels with chemicals.  The fact that other countries have banned Atrizine while the US hasn't does make me raise an eyebrow and wonder why, but doesn't have me crying foul that someone is bought off. If those countries have some science that shows that use cannot control exposure level at an acceptable level I'm sure our governing agencies will review that and make the appropriate decision come re-certification time. I would think that there are other chemicals that are banned in the US but allowed abroad too.  It boils down to individual countries' comfort levels with being able to control exposure levels.

It's clear we're not going to see eye to eye on this. Let's just push for studying the hell out of the issue from all angles and see what's found.  In the mean time I'll believe my theory, and you can believe yours, but let's not peddle either as fact until there are some.  :tup:

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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2018, 07:17:15 AM »
It's clear we're not going to see eye to eye on this. Let's just push for studying the hell out of the issue from all angles and see what's found.  In the mean time I'll believe my theory, and you can believe yours, but let's not peddle either as fact until there are some.  :tup:
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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #32 on: April 30, 2018, 08:22:59 AM »
I spoke to a guy two days ago that swears he saw an elk in ID with hoof rot.

My buddies and I glassed up a bull two years ago in the Colockum with an awful limp and upon closer inspection he had elongated hooves on the leg that he was favoring. I called it in and the Bio said that its common for the hooves on an injured leg to grow longer when an elk is not using them (not wearing them down). But just because they are limping and have elongated hooves does not mean they have hoof rot. He assured me it must have just been an injury.

Maybe that's what happened here? Who knows. I'm sure there is someone out there wearing a tinfoil hat that can prove otherwise....
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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2018, 08:18:24 AM »
spoke with WDFW on this mass kill planned in Trout Lake. There is one specific herd they are targeting south of town that pretty much lives in the private farm land areas. If you know where the Farmer who kept a few Bison along 141 you know the area they live and may have seen them frequently (as I have). Going to have harvest support to sample all animals for research from what I was told. Sad it is coming to this. This herd really doesn't travel around much very much a local group. Side hills over the farm lands only. Hopefully they will contain this outbreak but maybe focus in on how they got it in the first place as they don't go anywhere!
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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2018, 08:26:26 AM »
There have been elk in Indian Heaven area reported with hoof disease. I saw a limping hoof-diseased elk north of Swift reservoir on FR 25. They travel sometimes. Regardless if a herd is "local", there's always opportunity for outside elk to join them.
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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2018, 09:53:06 AM »
Piano, I get that, this is also close to the Preserve in Glenwood as well, animals wander but to simply eradicate is something interesting to consider. The article discussed "up to 20" taken, but was not clear on intent toward all in group with any having rot or just rot animals. That herd is about 20 strong give or take.. Where will it end? what if this works? will they simply go this route across western wa? lots of potential negative implications to this measure...
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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2018, 09:55:05 AM »
Piano, I get that, this is also close to the Preserve in Glenwood as well, animals wander but to simply eradicate is something interesting to consider. The article discussed "up to 20" taken, but was not clear on intent toward all in group with any having rot or just rot animals. That herd is about 20 strong give or take.. Where will it end? what if this works? will they simply go this route across western wa? lots of potential negative implications to this measure...

I have no idea if there's any way to measure "if this works" or what WSU and the WDFW have for future eradication plans.
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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2018, 04:56:22 AM »
Herd is alot bigger than 20. A good hundred head in the group.

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Re: Hoof Rot Confirmed by WDFW in Eastern Washington
« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2018, 07:55:01 AM »
Herd is alot bigger than 20. A good hundred head in the group.

several groups mingle in winter down in the valley... not sure how effective this will even be....they even wander back to the preserve where others live... kind of a slippery slope to simply "choot em" as a solution to issues...
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