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Idaho Land Deals May Open Door to 1,700 Acres

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved land deals that will expand two wildlife management areas near Boise and Idaho Falls and provide habitat for numerous species, as well as provide additional land for hunting. Commissioners approved the purchase of a total 1,552 acres of land about 20 miles east of Idaho Falls that will be added to the Tex Creek Wildlife Area. The two properties consist of relatively natural habitat of sagebrush, riparian …

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California 7th Graders Learn about Archery

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It isn’t every day that the school tennis court is transformed into an archery shooting range but that’s exactly what happened in Quincy, California. A former Portola High School teacher returned to his old stomping grounds and brought a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) lesson with him. The benefactors are Portola Junior High seventh graders who learned about archery skills and safety. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is among a group of partners …

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Bull Elk Thinks It’s a Cow, Gets Relocated

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Below is a Facebook post from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. A day in the life… A small team of WDFW staffers -from our enforcement and wildlife program- reached out to respond to some local landowners outside Olympia and help them with their elk challenge. The landowners had a bull elk hanging out with their herd of cattle over recent weeks. The bull was herding the cows around, pushing them through fencing, and at …

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Mentor Hunter Group Backed by RMEF Grant

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s conservation mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. With that in mind, RMEF recently presented a $50,000 grant to the First Hunt Foundation (FHF). Based in Kamiah, Idaho, but active in 16 different states, FHF maintains that mentor-based hunting experiences benefit hunting heritage and will also better serve conservation and habitat management. FHF used its RMEF support to leverage an additional …

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Environmentalists Seek to Halt Bear Baiting

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Three environmental groups filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking to stop Idaho and Wyoming from allowing the use of bait to hunt black bears. The groups claim the practice is a danger to grizzly bears which are federally protected. The U.S. Department of Interior previously announced intentions to delist grizzly bears but a judge upheld litigation filed by environmentalists despite a population that continues to grow and …

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B.C. Wolf Cull Helping Caribou Population

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Four years into a five-year plan to remove wolves in an effort to help ailing caribou herds in British Columbia, it appears the action is helping caribou numbers stabilize. According to a CBC report, two specific herds where the management action is taking place boosted caribou herd numbers anywhere from nine to 14 percent. “The sad part of it all is that if we’re going to do a wolf cull to keep caribou populations around, …

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Hunters, Anglers Provide Funding for Wyoming Conservation Work

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Wyoming will receive more than $17 million to support critical 2019 state conservation and outdoor recreation projects, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is granted the funding annually from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. “Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funds account for nearly 25 percent of the Game and Fish’s revenue used to protect and conserve …

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Hunting, Fishing Access Improved Across America

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Americans may soon have more places to hunt and fish. U.S Secretary of the Interior (DOI) David Bernhardt proposed expanding opportunities for hunting and fishing across more than 1.4 million acres via 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries. “Hunting and fishing are more than just traditional pastimes as they are also vital to the conservation of our lands and waters, our outdoor recreation economy, and our American way of life,” said Secretary …

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Mountain Lion Attacks Washington Boy

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A four-year-old boy suffered no serious injuries after a mountain lion attacked him while he was with his family in a park. It happened in Leavenworth, a small town in west-central Washington about 100 miles east of Seattle. “A cougar did come out, knocked down a young boy,” Michael Jewell, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police captain, told KOMO-TV. “Fortunately, the family had some dogs with them that they were able to turn loose …

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State, Federal Agencies Attend Elk Summit III

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Leaders from 15 different states home to wild, free-ranging elk recently gathered at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to discuss a wide range of issues that impact elk and elk habitat. The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, researchers, RMEF staff and board members, and others that support RMEF and its mission were also in attendance. “This is our third elk summit we hosted over the last seven years,” said Blake Henning, RMEF …

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RMEF Recognizes Researcher for Conservation Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently presented Joshua Millspaugh with its Excellence in Elk Country Award. It happened at the 13th Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop in Marfa, Texas. The award recognizes an individual scientist or wildlife biologist whose career demonstrated desire and dedication to benefit the scientific management of elk or elk habitat, in addition to a desire and dedication to go above and beyond the normal course of duty as …

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Bull Elk Poached in Utah

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Just before Memorial Day weekend, someone illegally shot and killed a bull elk north of Mill Meadow Reservoir in central Utah. The animal was feeding in a meadow near the road when it was killed, and all the meat was left to waste. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) conservation officers are seeking your help in identifying the person who killed the animal. “We know someone has information related to the illegal killing of this …

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Wolves Attack Dog in Duluth City Limits

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Two wolves attacked a dog in search of shed antlers in a remote, wooded area within the city limits of Duluth, Minnesota. “I ran at the front wolf and swung so hard that I missed him with the ax head and just hit him with the handle. That was enough to get the wolf off the dog’s front end. But the first wolf was still biting into the dog’s rear and underside,” Paul Moore told …

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Video: Deer Fight South Dakota Floodwaters, Swim to Shore

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It’s a good thing deer know how to swim. A man driving across a bridge over a flood-swollen river in South Dakota captured video of four deer fighting to keep from being swept downstream. It happened in Lyman County which is in the south-central portions of South Dakota. About 225 miles to the west, a late spring snowstorm dumped more than two feet of snow in the Black Hills forcing several waterways out of their …

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Mountain Lion Attacks Young California Boy

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A four-year-old boy survived being attacked by a mountain lion in San Diego, California. It happened in the seven-mile long Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, one of the largest urban parks in the nation. The attack took place in the middle of the afternoon while the boy was hiking with a group of 10 others. According to KGTV-TV, the boy’s father kicked the animal and threw a rock at it to eventually scare it away. The …