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Wyoming Releases 2018 Wolf Count

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According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), there are a minimum number of 286 wolves in 46 packs in Wyoming as of December 31, 2018. That total marks the 17th consecutive year Wyoming exceeded delisting criteria spelled out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WGFD, USDA Wildlife Services, Grand Teton National Park, Wind River Reservation and Yellowstone National Park spent more than $1.5 million on wolf monitoring and management activities in 2018. …

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Wyoming Hosts State Hunting Championships

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Perhaps no high school state championship embodies more of the spirit of the West than the Wyoming State Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The 12th annual event will be held June 8 at the Upton Gun Club. All Wyoming youth 18 and under, and young hunters from neighboring states, who passed hunter education are eligible to showcase their hunting skills, while having a lot of fun. Enrollment is open until June 1. “The youth hunter education …

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Montana Releases 2018 CWD Surveillance Report

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According to the 2018 Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Report issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), biologists detected 26 new cases of CWD in 2018. Twenty-one of those happened along the state’s northern border in every county from Liberty County east to the North Dakota border, and 5 cases within the CWD-positive area south of Billings. To date, biologists detected CWD in Carbon, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels, and Sheridan Counties. The current …

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Colorado Burn Improves Wildlife Habitat

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Prescribed fire is on the way to west-central Colorado and that’s a good thing for elk and other wildlife. “Wildlife benefits from carefully planned prescribed burning can be substantial, especially to elk and deer, which use Gambel oak for cover and browse to survive the winter months,” said Jennifer Prusse, Eagle-Holy Cross district wildlife biologist. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided key funding for the treatment. The goal of the approximately 2,000-acre French Creek prescribed …

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Environmental Groups Line Pockets with Taxpayer Money

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Enacted in 1980, the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) authorizes the payment of attorney fees to a party that prevails in its argument against the U.S. government. Translation:  payment from the U.S. government equals taxpayer dollars. Environmental groups use the EAJA to fund its propaganda by filing lawsuit after lawsuit. According to the Capital Press, documentation found within the U.S. Forest Service Fiscal Year 2020 budget shows environmental groups received EAJA-related payouts of more …

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RMEF Back at Work in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

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Eight months after the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation collaborated with the U.S. Forest and other partners to permanently protect important wildlife and riparian habitat in western Montana, RMEF provided funding for more habitat stewardship work in the immediate area. A 250-acre prescribed burn in the Bass Creek Recreational Area near Stevensville stimulates native plant species important for big game winter forage. The area is extremely popular for recreational use but will only be closed temporarily. …

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Colorado Ramps Up Mountain Lion Research

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Mountain lion management in Colorado gets more challenging as the state’s human population continues to grow, but ground-breaking studies by Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers generated new science that may help balance that growth with wildlife habitat needs. “The magnitude and scale of the research that we are conducting on mountain lions, and the data we have gathered from our efforts, has led to interesting results that enhance our understanding of mountain lion ecology to …

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Elk Pregnancy Rates Ailing in Pennsylvania

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Pregnancy rates of cow elk in Pennsylvania are lower than usual and researchers are trying to determine why that is. “We collected blood samples during our hunting season for elk, which happens in the first full week of November, and we’ve been testing for pregnancy, and it’s been suspiciously low. Around 55 to 60 percent,” said Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist, who also noted the pregnancy rates in November would ideally be at …

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Help Find Elk Calves in Wisconsin

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Nothing against hunting for Easter eggs but do you want to hunt for something way more fun? From May 18 through June 21, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for volunteers to work alongside staff to search for calves so biologists can collar them and take measurements. Biologists use the collars to follow growing calves over the course of their lives, learning important information that will affect elk management in the …

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Inflatable ‘Tube Guy’ Doesn’t Stop Wolf Predation

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You’ve probably seen them, especially at automobile dealerships. They’re tall, inflatable tube guys. The air pumped into them at ground level surges through their bodies causing them shake, shimmy and seemingly dance back and forth. A rancher in southeast Oregon received two of the “tube guys” from an environmental group after a string of wolf attacks. He hoped the new additions would deter wolves from harassing or attacking his livestock. It didn’t work. He recently …

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RMEF, Partners Recognized for Conservation Efforts

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined the 11 other members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT) for the seventh “Land Trust Day at the Capitol” on April 11, 2019. Land trusts set up exhibits and hosted a lunch in the Capitol Rotunda to educate legislators about their priorities, including Senate Bill 24 (Sen. Terry Gauthier, R-Helena) to create the trails and recreational facilities account and grant program. Participants received recognition in the House …

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Road Kill Permits Gobbled Up in Oregon

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Folks in Oregon are taking advantage of a new roadkill law that allows residents to claim elk and deer killed along highways. More than 200 permits were issued since the law took effect on January 1, 2019. One of those locals who did is Benjamin Fowler. He received a permit after a deer ran out in front of his truck in northwest Oregon near Salem. Being a bowhunter, he already knew how to field dress …

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Yes, There Are Monster Bull Elk in Oklahoma

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Below is a Facebook post from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation: Record-breaking Elk:  Friends Lonnie Pierce and Johnathan Moore, both of Guymon, now hold the top two spots for nontypical elk in Oklahoma’s Cy Curtis Awards Program. Pierce’s bull scored 355 6/8 and is the largest ever harvested with a muzzleloader and the second-largest non-typical elk in the state record book. Moore’s archery harvest is the new non-typical Cy Curtis state record holder with …