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Update: Wolf Spotted in Colorado

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UPDATE (7/10/2019): The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed the animal spotted in northern Colorado is a wolf. It is a male gray wolf from the Snake River Pack in Wyoming. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is working to confirm the sighting of a collared wolf in Jackson County, located in the northernmost part of the state. CPW tweeted this on 7/8/2019: You may have seen our wolf sighting tweet earlier this evening. We accidentally …

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Video Shows How Hunting (and Fishing) is Conservation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has long maintained that Hunting Is Conservation. A new video distributed by the Michigan Wildlife Council helps demonstrate that fact. It shows that funding generated by hunting and fishing licenses pays for the bulk of wildlife conservation work in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Wildlife Council consists of nine members located in all parts of Michigan and represents a wide range of residents, but they share a common vision …

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Hunters Asked to Help Prevent Wildfires

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As summer temperatures continue to heat up, so does the possibility of human-caused wildfires. Recreational shooters, hunters, campers and others are urged to exercise caution when recreating in the backcountry. “The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters are collectively responsible for wildfire protection on nearly two-thirds of America’s forested acres. It’s a big job, and we can use all the help we can get preventing wildfires from starting in the first place,” said Jay Farrell, …

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RMEF Attends White House Gathering Touting Conservation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well as other conservation groups, state and federal agencies recently attended a White House briefing focused on conservation, the environment and leadership. President Trump and other cabinet members or invited guests touched on a number of subjects including public lands, active forest management, wildfires, energy and the economy, ecosystem restoration and other issues. “[The Department of] Interior (DOI) has also been focused on strengthening the North American Wildlife Conservation …

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Poll: Wyoming Residents Support Wildlife and Migration Corridors

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Findings from a new poll conducted by the University of Wyoming show respondents support a range of policy actions related to the conservation of big-game migration corridors. “These results show that Wyoming voters support a range of policies to maintain big-game migration corridors,” says Drew Bennett, Whitney MacMillan University of Wyoming professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. “Voters overwhelmingly support actions such as constructing new overpasses to allow animals to cross …

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Nebraska Approves 2020 Mountain Lion Hunting

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2020. The season will provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. It will allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This will initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of …

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Michigan Seeks to Expand Public Access Hunting

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Looking to expand and improve hunting opportunity and wildlife management, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaching out to landowners across 14 counties in an effort to expand its Hunting Access Program. “You can get paid to help with wildlife disease management, support the local economy and reduce wildlife conflicts on your property,” said Monique Harris, DNR hunting access program coordinator. Landowners play a key role in helping Michigan’s deer population. The program …

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Burns Do a Forest Good

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More prescribed burns are on the way in southern Idaho and moose, elk and other big game are the winners. Wildlife biologists and land managers are seeking to apply more landscape-scale burn projects in an effort to enhance habitat, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve overall forest health. “For a long time it was, ‘Fires are bad.’ That was the thought.” Scott Soletti, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) wildlife biologist, told the Times-News. “We …

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Beware of Bogus CDFW License Sales Websites

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has been made aware of several websites that improperly charge customers extra fees for online fishing and hunting license purchases and collect sensitive personal information as part of their unauthorized transactions. California hunting and fishing licenses may properly be purchased in only one of four ways: The ALDS, which is CDFW’s exclusive means of online license sales, was launched in 2011. ALDS can be accessed via CDFW’s …

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‘National Park’ Open to the Public in Washington

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It covers a little more than 1,400 acres but just about has it all—springs, rugged terrain, forests, waterfalls, a lake, elk, deer and other wildlife. “It’s like a national park within 1,400 acres,” Bill Richardson, Oregon-Washington senior lands program manager for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, told the Columbian. “It’s not just recreational access, it’s hunting access, it’s fishing access. Merrill Lake is one of the premier fly-fishing lakes in the state.” RMEF worked with …

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‘Idaho Hunting University’ to Help Novice, Veteran Hunters

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The Southeast Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hosting a new public event aimed at getting hunters ready for hunting season this fall. The Southeast Idaho Hunting University will take place on August 3, 2019, at the Pocatello Trap Club located at 1442 Fortress Road (near the Pocatello airport). The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes archery and trap shooting, watching hunting dogs in action, learning …

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Pursue The Wild – Guns, Helicopters & Steel

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The JC Steel Targets National Rifle League match is an adrenaline junkies dream come true. From running and gunning through fast moving challenging stages to shooting out of a helicopter. This is truly one of the most unique matches of the year attracting world class shooters from around the country. Join Kristy Titus in this episode of Pursue The Wild where she competes in the 2019 JC Steel National Rifle League match. PRESENTED BY: Ruger: …

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Wolf Delisting Public Hearing Set for June 25 in Minnesota

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an open house and public hearing on June 25, 2019, in Brainerd, Minnesota, regarding its proposal to remove gray wolves in the Lower 48 from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The Trump administration, and the Obama administration before it, recognized that wolves are recovered, thriving and in need of being removed from the Endangered Species List. “Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, …

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Weigh In on Expanded Hunting at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, located in southwest Oklahoma, wants to know what you think about a new proposal to expand hunting. The 2019 Hunt Plan would open all refuge waters (e.g., lakes, pond, creeks) in the Public Use Area, except Quanah Parker Lake, to waterfowl hunting during the state designated season (November through January). This includes Lake Elmer Thomas at the base of Mount Scott, Crater Lake near the Visitor Center, and French Lake …

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Idaho Winter Difficult on Mule Deer, Better for Elk

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Significant February snowstorms coupled with a cool, wet spring resulted in below-average survival rates for radio collared mule deer fawns in Idaho, but it had less effect on collared elk calves, according to the final survival estimates for the 2018-19 winter. Statewide, 42 percent of radio collared fawns survived through the winter. As wildlife managers expected, it was below the long-term average of 58 percent. For elk, 69 percent of radio collared calves were alive …