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Wyoming Appeals Yellowstone Grizzly Decision

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The state of Wyoming filed an appeal of a federal judge’s decision removing Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from state management and restoring federal protections. “Grizzly bear recovery should be viewed as a conservation success story,” Matt Mead, Wyoming governor stated immediately after the ruling two months ago. “Due to Wyoming’s investment of approximately $50 million for recovery and management, grizzly bears have exceeded every scientifically established recovery criteria in the GYE since 2003. Numbers have risen …

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Researchers Track Wildlife Migrations

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Elk and mule deer are among several wildlife species that migrate hundreds of miles across the Greater Yellowstone Area landscape. Researchers with the Wyoming Migration Initiative, funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, gathered data detailing the trek from summer to winter range and back again. “Most of our ungulates migrate to some extent (in the Big Horn Basin); migration is core to their survival strategies,” Corey Class, Wyoming Game and Fish Department …

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Sleigh Rides among the Elk

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‘Oh what fun it is to ride…” The sleigh season is set to begin at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming. It offers the opportunity for onlookers to see elk in a more intimate, close-up kind of way. The rides last about an hour and, depending on the weather and ground conditions, take place via a sleigh or wagon. Sleigh rides run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily including holidays and weekends, …

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Montana Approves Grizzly Management Plan

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The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a grizzly bear management plan for if and when the animals in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem are removed from the endangered species list. More specifically, the commission set a population goal of approximately 800 grizzlies. “The overwhelming majority of the comments didn’t really address the rule,” Ken McDonald, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife bureau chief, told the Missoulian. “There was a lot of ‘don’t hunt, don’t …

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WDFW Director Weighs in on Wolves, Wolf Management

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife just released a short video from Director Kelly Susewind regarding wolves and wolf management in the state of Washington. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that wolves, like elk and all other wildlife, should be subject to state management and not federal oversight. (Video source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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RMEF, BLM Project Benefits Montana Wildlife, Sportsmen and Women

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Below is a 12/11/2018 news release from the U.S. Department of Interior regarding a RMEF project that permanently protected and opened access to nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat in southwest Montana. Another Conservation Win: Secretary Zinke adds 960 acres of Prime Wildlife Habitat to Montana BLM lands WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the Bureau of Land Management has acquired lands from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for $1,025,000 …

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Wildlife Habitat Management Wins in Court

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A U.S. District Court judge ruled a habitat management project in west-central Montana designed to benefit wildlife will go forward as planned. The Johnny Crow Project will utilize prescribed burning and the removal of invasive junipers into grasslands in the Elkhorn Mountains as part of an effort to rejuvenate forage for elk and other wildlife. The judge denied claims by two environmental groups and ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain …

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Vegetarian Reporter Tags Along on Elk Hunt

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A reporter with the New York Times, a vegetarian himself, tagged along on an elk hunt in Oregon. His goal was to report on opposition to the use of lead ammunition. The longer he was with the hunting party, the more he learned about what makes hunters tick, how hunters care for the game they seek and the appreciation and admiration they have for wild animals and wild landscapes. Here is an excerpt from the …

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National Elk Refuge Sets Crosshairs on CWD

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The National Elk Refuge, located in Jackson, Wyoming, is taking a stronger stance against Chronic Wasting Disease. According to an Associated Press report, it now requires hunters to turn over the heads of any elk taken so they may be tested for the disease. Before, the monitoring program was voluntary. CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected …

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Idaho Uses Predator Management to Benefit Elk Populations

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) carries out enhanced predator management practices to benefit elk and other wildlife species. Biologists say there are approximately 107,000 elk in the state which is down from 125,000 in 1997. There are also backcountry areas, such as the Lolo and Selway Zones, where elk numbers are ailing due to poor habitat and predator populations. Hunters took an average of 2,582 bears and 577 mountain lions over the …

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RMEF, Others to Congress: Reauthorize, Fully Fund LWCF Now

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The clock is ticking on reauthorizing and funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress already allowed it to sunset but they can still makes things right for the sake of our wild landscapes.  Below is an opinion piece picked up by many of the major newspapers across Montana. Montana delegation must lead on LWCF reauthorization In Montana, at least, all the ballots have been counted and the 2018 elections resolved. If voter turnout numbers …

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Help Find Montana Elk Poacher

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking information on a recently poached bull elk in east-central Montana.  Sometime during the weekend of November 24, a bull elk was poached south of Hysham off of Sarpy Creek Highway near the Treasure/Big Horn County line. The elk was shot without permission on private land. The head was removed and most of the meat was wasted. It is believed to be a mature bull elk. If you …

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Ask Congress to Pass Sportsmen’s Package

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Senate and House leaders are considering recommending end-of-the-year approval of a “Sportsmen’s Package” bill that includes several provisions RMEF strongly supports. These include modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Act to allow additional funds be used for recreational shooting facilities and hunter recruitment; providing additional hunting opportunities for veterans; implementing an “open until closed” federal lands management policy to prevent public lands from being closed to hunting and fishing; allowing bows to be transported through National Parks; allowing qualified volunteers to help with wildlife management in National Parks; requiring information be published about which groups sue the federal government and collect attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act; establishing a reasonable, cross-boundary, cross-jurisdictional permit for small public lands filming operations; and preventing the Army Corps of Engineers from prohibiting possession of a firearm at certain federal water resource developments.