Jon Gosch

National Award-Winning Journalist and Novelist

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Infected Elk May Pose Serious Health Risk to Humans

April 2014

On February 12th, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials concluded their most recent Hoof Disease Public Working Group Meeting with a sadly familiar message – they still did not know what was causing the crippling hoof disease that some have estimated is now responsible for half of all elk deaths in southwest Washington…. Read more »

Growing Evidence Links Herbicides to Elk Hoof Disease

April 2014

My family has hunted the forests of southwest Washington for more than sixty years and never before have they observed such a scarcity of wildlife. Twenty years ago my dad and uncle remember seeing two or three big elk herds a day. Now we’re lucky to see two or three individuals a day. Depressingly, this… Read more »

Lightning at Full Throttle

March 2014

Like anyone who has ridden for years, I’ve had my share of close calls. Gravel, dogs, deer. A tool set spilling sockets across the highway in front of me. A trucker blowing a tire. Weather, of course, has been another major threat…