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Wolf and Livestock Deaths Hit Record High in Wyoming

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A new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report indicates wolves killed a record-high 243 livestock in Wyoming in 2016. Wildlife managers responded by killing a record-high 113 wolves confirmed to be involved in the attacks. The report states Wyoming was home to at least 377 wolves in 2016. Wyoming did not receive authority to manage its wolf population until March of 2017. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation strongly supports the state-based management of all wildlife …

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Idaho Seeks Comment on Baiting Gray Wolves

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is seeking public comment to allow the use of bait for hunting wolves. The IDFG proposal is stated like this: “The purpose of this rulemaking is to consider changes to the allowed use of bait for hunting gray wolf. Currently gray wolf may be taken incidentally to permitted black bear baits, where hunting seasons are open for both black bear and wolf, but big game rules do …

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Coyote Bites, Tries to Drag Away One-Year-Old Boy

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A family shooting off fireworks in southcentral Nebraska on July 4th says a coyote tried to haul away a small boy. “The coyote bit and tried to take off with my 1-year-old nephew on his back left puncture wounds,” wrote Salina Josephine on Facebook. There are multiple reports of coyote sightings in northwest Hastings over the past several weeks. “The witnesses, the child’s family, said they are positive it was a small coyote,” Sgt. Brian …

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New Wolf Pack Confirmed in California

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Trail cameras in northern California confirm the presence of a new wolf pack that includes three pups. While animal rights and environmental groups are applauding, ranchers are concerned about their livelihood. “It’s a lifetime of work,” Dave Cowley, told the Tribune. “To have a wolf pack come in and destroy it, and to have environmentalists cheer, it’s disappointing.” Several ranching and farming groups filed suit against the California Fish and Game Commission earlier this year …

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Active Forest Management vs “Hands-Off” Preservation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an advocate of active forest management or, in other words, of conservation. Preservation, on the other hand, means to withhold any type of management and leave natural resources alone–often to the point of decay or overgrowth. Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationThere is a definite need for one approach over the other. The best way to demonstrate that difference is to take an up-close look at a specific habitat stewardship project …

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Fix Fire Borrowing, Land Management Issues

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Below is a letter submitted in fall of 2016 to high-ranking members of Congress by the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP), of which the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a participating member. It urges lawmakers to seek a comprehensive fix of borrowing money from funds directed toward habitat and forest management in order to pay for fighting wildfires. October 12, 2016 Chairmen Murkowski, Upton and Bishop, and Ranking Members Cantwell, Pallone and Grijalva, We are …

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Grizzly Range Continues to Expand Well Beyond Yellowstone

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Grizzly bears continue to push into places they’ve not visited for centuries. An estimated population of more than 700 grizzlies is currently located in the Greater Yellowstone area. An animated image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows Jackson and Cody are two Wyoming cities that now lie within occupied grizzly range while Lander is nearby. Additionally, grizzly range spread to the outskirts of Bozeman and Livingston, Montana, as well as Rexburg, Idaho. The continued …

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Washington’s New Approach on Wolf-Livestock Attacks

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Wildlife officials in Washington will shoot one or at most two wolves and then pause when dealing with wolf attacks of livestock. The new policy is meant to deter wolf depredation of livestock at its earliest stages while killing fewer wolves. “The goal is to interrupt the behavior pattern earlier,” Donny Martorello, Washington Department of Wildlife (WDFW) wolf policy coordinator, told the Capital Press. “If we can do that by removing one or two animals, …

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Oregon Cattle Group Goes on Offense, to File Suit over Wolves

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The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is tired of playing defense. It announced it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for failing to complete the work needed to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in the continental United States. “One comment we’ve gotten through the years is that the cattle industry often tends to be playing defense,” Jerome Rosa, Oregon Cattlemen executive director, told the Capital Press. “Many of our members feel …

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When and Why is Prescribed Fire Used?

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Land managers use prescribed fire in a “mosaic” fashion. In other words, the idea is to burn small areas at different times to create a ‘mosaic’ of zones. A diverse landscape will encourage a diversity of wildlife. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a proponent of applying prescribed fire to the landscape as a benefit for wildlife habitat and overall forest health. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, in conjunction with RMEF and the …

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California Wolf Plan ‘Misses the Mark’

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In 2016, RMEF submitted the following letter to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding CDFW’s wolf conservation plan. Dear Sirs: Founded over 30 years ago, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 strong. RMEF has conserved more than 6.7 million acres of quality habitat for elk and other wildlife. We also work to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource …

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RMEF Takes Mission Priorities to Washington DC

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Elk habitat, wildlife management, forest reform and predator management are a few of the many topics Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation staffers advocated during a recent visit to Washington DC. RMEF maintains constant contact with key members of Congress and the Trump administration regarding mission priorities. Staffers visited with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and staff about habitat management priorities, including RMEF Land and Water Conservation Fund projects, RMEF’s partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the …