Jon Gosch

Novelist, Journalist and Freelance Editor

Posts Categorized: Elk Hoof Disease

Why Are Timber Companies Contaminating Our Forests with Toxic Herbicides?

November 2017

Some may protest my use of the word toxic, but what else should one call a chemical which has been proven to drastically weaken immune systems, alter an amphibian’s gender, mutate rats’ genes for generations, and which was banned by the European Union due to “ubiquitous and unpreventable water contamination?” The toxic herbicide whose destructive… Read more »

Appearance on Northwestern Outdoors Radio

October 2017

A mysterious hoof disease is steadily exterminating elk herds throughout Washington and Oregon, and many thousands of hunters, conservationists, and concerned citizens continue to believe that forestry herbicides are causing this horrendous epidemic. On November 4th, I will join John Kruse, host of Northwestern Outdoors Radio, to explain why the public’s persistent herbicide theory may… Read more »

Will WSU Study the Link Between Herbicides and Elk Hoof Disease?

October 2017

I wish my family was getting ready to go elk hunting. I wish we were shopping for supplies, setting up our camp along the Coweeman River, and maybe even doing some scouting on the weekends. Instead, my dad, my uncle, my brother and the rest of our hunting party are boycotting our Department of Fish… Read more »

Appearance on Horns and Hooks Radio

January 2016

  I was honored recently to share my insights into the issue of elk hoof disease with Horns and Hooks listeners throughout the Longview, Aberdeen and Olympia areas. Many thanks to Kelly Barnum, Rex Peterson and Colin Hamilton for having me on the show, but especially for continuing to shed light on this horrendous disease,… Read more »

Editor of Northwest Sportsman Magazine Supporting Herbicide Study

September 2014

  Excerpt from Andy Walgamott’s recent post, followed by a link to the entire article: WDFW continues to maintain that laboratory testing shows the hoof ailment is very similar to a “contagious bacterial infection in sheep,” but freelance Seattle journalist Jon Gosch has received some media attention for his dogged investigation and questions about whether… Read more »