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Where Hunting Still Has Meaning
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October 28, 2019

In this issue we take a deep look at hunting and its meaning for the West. We dive into a Washington-Canada cross-border hunt that also served as strategic attempt to get Canada to recognize a tribe it considers ‘extinct.’ In Alaska, a hunter pursues a mountain goat but gets another adventure entirely. We take a look at cash-strapped states that sell high-priced trophy tags and allow sportsmen to hunt where, when and what they want – to the dismay of some. In Wyoming, a hunting family faces the prospect of chronic wasting disease on their kill. We also check in on the Klamath River, which now has the legal rights of personhood in Yurok tribal court. And we look into a new study that finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria proliferates in coastal waterways.

Feature

How an Arrow Lakes elk hunt became a case of tribal recognition
How an Arrow Lakes elk hunt became a case of tribal recognition
Rick Desautel shot an elk to prove the Sinixt descendants are not legally ‘extinct.’ Now the Supreme Court of Canada will decide.
In Southeast Alaska, a hunter searches for kinship with the wild
In Southeast Alaska, a hunter searches for kinship with the wild
A mountain goat’s death brings life into focus.

Sidebar

Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation gather to begin a new cycle for salmon.

Current

Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals
Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals
A new study of seals and porpoises in the Salish Sea shows how antibiotic-resistant bacteria proliferate in coastal waterways.
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.
Environmental study of Shasta Dam height halted
Environmental study of Shasta Dam height halted
Stakeholders disagree over whether raising the dam would offer benefits or detriments.
Killing Bullwinkle: Big money and controversy surround Western trophy hunts
Killing Bullwinkle: Big money and controversy surround Western trophy hunts
Wealthy hunters pay top dollar for desired hunts, padding Fish and Game budgets and prodding resistance.

Editor's Note

Hunting still holds meaning
Hunting still holds meaning
Fewer people are picking up a rifle or bow, but the act warrants examination regardless.

Essays

Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Faced with chronic wasting disease, what’s a hunting family to do?
Hunters are critical for game management, but the spread of CWD means some may put down the rifle.

Arts and Culture

‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
The seminal film, while important for finally having Native representation, relied on stereotypes.

Book Reviews

A retired WWII pilot photographs ‘the saga of fallen flesh’
A retired WWII pilot photographs ‘the saga of fallen flesh’
Anne Noggle documents herself and other aging women with respect and a touch of wry humor.

Heard Around the West

Skoolies; preservation vs. profit; forest therapy
Skoolies; preservation vs. profit; forest therapy
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

Jars of jam and a lot of joy
Jars of jam and a lot of joy
Harvest season meant conferences, visitors and a wonderful wedding.

Letters

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