29 March 2011 Lynx or Drilling Outside Yellowstone? Posted by: John Motsinger | 4 comments | Share: A proposal to allow oil and gas drilling on 300 acres of wilderness in Bridger-Teton National Forest outside Yellowstone National Park has Wyoming residents and our lynx expert Dave Gaillard on high alert. As first reported by federal lands specialist Addie Haughey on Defenders’ dotWild blog, the drilling project would cut right through the Hoback basin–a critical corridor for lynx migration between parts of Wyoming and the rest of the Northern Rockies. Gaillard says, “We are aware of no better documented travel corridor for lynx in the contiguous U.S. than the Hoback Rim, or ‘Bondurant Corridor’ that passes directly through the project area.” But it’s not just lynx that are in trouble. Local residents are concerned that drilling in the Hoback basin will cause extensive environmental damage, harm other wildlife, destroy the natural beauty of the area and disturb their way of life. The Citizens for the Wyoming Range put together the video below to share the concerns of these residents and explain why protecting the Hoback basin is so important. Read more about what Defenders is doing to protect lynx and their critical habitat. 4 Responses to “Lynx or Drilling Outside Yellowstone?” Saundra Sherwood-Wells March 29th, 2011 STOP DRILLING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Steph March 29th, 2011 NOLS folks in Lander won’t let this happen. Joey March 29th, 2011 This is infuriating! Furthermore, I heard from a wildland firefighter who works in the Bridger-Teton National Forest that SINCLAIR funds the forest/area? That’s mind-boggling! There’s already a 3ft diameter pipeline off the side of the road in that area.. they want to EXPAND the drilling? If you’ve ever seen Wyoming, around the Continental Divide, it’s *littered* with natural gas wells. And it’s hard enough doing wildlife field work with them there. I say this: at the very LEAST, leave our national forests and parks alone! Muriel Servaege December 9th, 2011 What is the most important issue? Protect your wild life for generations to come or drillling to make more money as soon as possible? When there is no oil or gas left, you will remain with the devastated landscape and every wild life will have been destroyed for ever. Is that what you want? Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years. I Was There It was a bitterly cold winter morning when the convoy departed down the remote Forest Service road near Salmon, Idaho. Decades after scientists first called for the restoration of wolves in the region, the first four wolves arrived in Idaho on January 14, 1995, thanks to the Endangered Species Act… Victory for Wild Bison in Montana! In a decision that the uninitiated would argue is a painful exercise in stating the obvious, a Montana court last week determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals.