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Utah DNR Strikes Back at Environmentalist Claims

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Seeking to dispel half-truths promoted by an environmentalist group, the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a video that shines a more complete light on a habitat treatment called chaining. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance initiated a smear campaign focused on the chaining process itself and not the positive effects that come from its use.  Those positive outcomes and subsequent follow-up treatments include reseeding, the growth of drought-resistant native plants, improved water flow of …

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Pro-Wolf Movement Met with Resistance in Colorado

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A group bent on introducing wolves into Colorado is facing resistance from those who would be among the most affected. “There are quite a few people here in this room that represent a majority of the private land on the Western Slope of Colorado and they don’t want the wolves in Colorado,” J. Paul Brown, a southwest Colorado rancher and former state lawmaker, addressed the crowd as reported by the Daily Sentinel. Colorado Parks and …

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Environmentalists Sue Over Mexican Wolves

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Environmental groups followed through on plans to file multiple lawsuits against the federal government over the Mexican wolf recovery plan. They say the plan reduces the species’ historic range which they claim extends to the Southern Rocky Mountains including Grand Canyon National Park. Recent research, however, reaffirmed 90 percent of the Mexican wolf historic range was south of the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Mexican wolf, with its minimum current …

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RMEF Files Brief in Support of Forest Management Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a brief in support of the U.S. Forest Service and a number of other collaborators in countering a lawsuit filed by two environmental groups seeking to stop habitat stewardship work in the Elkhorn Mountains of west-central Montana. The Johnny Crow Project is designed to use prescribed burning and remove encroaching conifers into grasslands in an effort to promote forage and enhance wildlife habitat. “This project is solely focused on …

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RMEF Expresses Concern about California Elk Management Plan

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation submitted official comment to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) about its Statewide Elk Conservation and Management Plan. Specifically, RMEF took a strong position against the state’s apparently unprecedented push to co-manage elk with tribes on non-tribal lands. Below is a portion of RMEF’s official comment letter: We are concerned about the stated objective in the Plan to share elk management responsibilities with California’s federally recognized tribes in …

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Lawmaker: Remove Mexican Wolves from Endangered Species List

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Calling it a regulatory nightmare for rural communities and ranchers, a Senator from Arizona wants to remove Mexican wolves from the list of federally protected species.  According to the Associated Press, Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) bill calls for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the species recovered and remove it from the Endangered Species List if the population of fewer than 100 animals is established along the Arizona-New Mexico border. The latest survey …

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Senate Bill Seeks to Expand Hunting, Other Outdoor Recreation

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U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced legislation on December 18, 2017, that will expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking and other wildlife-dependent activities in Montana, Colorado and across the country. “Access to quality wildlife habitat remains one of the most important challenges facing hunters. Programs like this allow conservation organizations, state agencies and private landowners to work together to provide hunters access to lands offering opportunities for harvest,” said David Allen, …

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RMEF maintains its stance that it is vital we keep public lands in public hands

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Professor Hanke, Here we go again. For the second time in five months you are banging the drum in favor of selling off public lands. And you aren’t talking about transferring them to the states (which is bad enough) but selling them outright to private parties! Yes, I know you are only talking about the lands we don’t need or use (or so you say). In your latest editorial in Forbes, Follow the Founders and …

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Tester Introduces Bill to Support Montana Hunters, Fight the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

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(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced legislation to defend Montana’s hunting heritage and fight the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease as more cases of the neurological virus are identified in Montana. Chronic Wasting Disease has been prevalent in 21 states across the west, infecting white-tail and mule deer, elk, and moose-including in multiple states that border Montana. Tester’s bill will immediately provide wildlife management agencies with resources to stop the spread of …

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RMEF, Arizona Game and Fish Commission Oppose ‘Ballot Box’ Wildlife Management

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sees eye-to-eye with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission which passed a motion opposing  a proposed ballot initiative that would ban the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats and restrict management by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “I like to describe it as ballot box wildlife management versus scientific management of wildlife,” said Commissioner Kurt Davis. “This is very dangerous for the ability of our wildlife professionals, our scientists, …