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2,000 Deer Dead from EHD in Oregon’s Blue Mountains

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Veterinarians with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) confirm Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is responsible for the die-off of an estimated 2,000 whitetail deer in eastern Oregon. The EHD outbreak impacted deer on the western face of the Blue Mountains from Milton-Freewater to the Pilot Rock area. EHD losses are not uncommon in Oregon and are not expected to have long-term effects on the deer population size. There is no documented evidence showing …

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New Research Focuses on Kentucky Elk

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Below is a news release from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Researchers will use a helicopter to locate and capture elk as part of a major research study on elk reproduction and population growth. The research will be conducted throughout Kentucky’s elk zone and will launch in January 2020. “Netting by helicopter is the best way to live-capture elk for this important study on reproduction and survival,” said Kyle Sams, acting deer and …

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RMEF Supports Coalition Opposing Forced Colorado Wolf Introduction

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Below is a news release distributed by Coloradans Protecting Wildlife. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Supports Coloradans Protecting Wildlife The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) joined Coloradans Protecting Wildlife (CPW), a coalition formed to fight a ballot measure that will be decided in the November 2020 general election. The measure would force the introduction of wolves along Colorado’s Western Slope. “This initiative is a reckless and dangerous approach that circumvents Colorado’s wildlife management authorities at Colorado …

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More than One Third of Colorado Counties Oppose Forced Wolf Introduction

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Twenty-two of Colorado’s 64 counties (see map below) are now on record as opposed to an environmentalist-driven ballot initiative to forcibly introduce wolves into the state. The latest are Las Animas County, located in southern Colorado along the Colorado-New Mexico state line, and Grand County which is immediately west of Boulder. Commissioners in both counties approved  resolutions opposing the measure. “I can tell you that I’ve received phone calls and emails and text messages from …

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RMEF, Partners Call on Proponents to Pull Forced Wolf Introduction Ballot Initiative

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Now that wildlife officials confirmed the existence of an active wolf pack in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners are calling on environmentalists who authored a ballot initiative to forcibly introduce wolves into Colorado to scrap it. “Just as predicted, wolves are making their way into Colorado on their own. This measure is pointless and will only lead to wasted taxpayer dollars and increased bureaucracy,” said Chad Vorthmann, Colorado Farm Bureau executive …

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Restoring Elk Country – North Carolina/Tennessee Migration Corridor

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Restoring historic wildlife movement corridors is a tall task, especially when there’s an interstate highway that cuts a swath through the landscape. That’s exactly the case in the Pigeon River Gorge near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. Crews built I-40 along the Pigeon River five decades ago. Since then, elk returned to their native range there thanks to restoration work by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners. In addition, the local black bear …

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Why Aerial Surveys are Important to Managing Big Game in Idaho

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Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Aerial inventories occur in most areas of Idaho annually to obtain some of the information needed for science based big game management. Specifically, aerial inventories obtain data on sex and age composition of herds. In addition, they provide information on distribution, animal condition, concentration areas, and provide information on other wildlife species observed. Safety/Animal Welfare Human safety and animal welfare is the …

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RMEF Lends Helping Hand to Wildlife Habitat Conservation Transaction

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An agreement between The Nature Conservancy and the Lolo National Forest will soon permanently protect and open public access to more than 16,000 acres of land in western Montana. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation secured some funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to assist the sale. “Not only does this conservation project secure long-term public access for hunters, anglers, hikers and others, but the scale to which management of wildlife habitat can take …

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Poached Elk Carcass Dumped in Tulsa

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It happened on Christmas Eve in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and game wardens need your help finding who did it. Someone removed the backstraps from a small cow/calf elk and dumped the carcass in an alley, not even five miles from downtown Tulsa. “To me it’s like trying to hide a very unique car,” Carlos Gomez, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden, told the Tulsa World. “It’s hard to imagine someone didn’t say something or some …

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How about Making an Outdoors New Year’s Resolution?

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Below is a suggestion from the Arizona Fish and Game Department. As we reflect on the changes we want  — or need — to make in the new year, how about adding an outdoors resolution to the list? The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers 10 simple resolutions, any one of which should be easy for an outdoors enthusiast to stick to: Fish local. Make it a point to wet a line this year at …

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Elk Calf Freed from Tomato Cage

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It was a most unusual sight. An elk calf had its head entangled in a discarded tomato cage with a large bucket still attached to it. Conservation officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) located the animal in a stand of trees near the small town of Hailey in central Idaho about halfway between Boise and Idaho Falls. They decided the best way to remove the cage was to dart the calf. …

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Deer Rescued from Tangled Electric Fencing

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Imaging trying to make your way through a dense forest while dragging about 200 feet of fencing attached to you. That is exactly what a deer dealt with in southwest Washington. It happened near Washougal, approximately 15 miles north and east of Portland, Oregon. Two members of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) answered a call from a landowner who saw the buck with wire tangled in its antlers. It apparently got that …

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Application Period Opens to Hunt Elk, Pronghorn in Arizona

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Now is the time to apply for 2020 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for elk and pronghorn in Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Department accepts applications until 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. To apply, log on to www.azgfd.gov and click on “Apply for a Draw.” For an overview of the application service, including license requirements, applying for bonus points and payment information, see Page 10 of the “2020 Pronghorn, …

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1,050 Animals Poached in Utah in 2019

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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) reports poachers killed 1,050 animals in 2019. They also report the value of those animals exceeds $386,000. “Each animal that is illegally killed in our state is one less animal that legal hunters, wildlife enthusiasts or everyday citizens have the opportunity to enjoy,” said DWR Sgt. Chad Bettridge. “Poachers steal our ability to enjoy Utah’s wildlife.” In 2018, poachers killed 927 animals in Utah. Wildlife officers issued 526 …

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Colorado Wildlife Officials: “We Have No Doubt that (Wolves) are Here”

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) confirms an active wolf pack is now living in the northwest corner of the state. The verification flies in the face of extreme environmentalists behind a ballot initiative seeking to forcibly introduce wolves onto the Colorado landscape. “It is inevitable, based on known wolf behavior, that they would travel here from states where their populations are well-established,” said JT Romatzke, CPW northwest regional manager. “We have no doubt that they …