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Support Continues for Grizzly Bear Management

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Despite the filing of multiple lawsuits by environmental groups to return grizzly bears near Yellowstone Park to the endangered species list, sportsmen and conservationists continue to call for the state-based management. Wyoming resident Paul Miller and some friends recently went on a 12-day hunt in search of mountain goats and bighorn sheep. What they saw were a whole lot of grizzly bears. “When you can go into one drainage and you don’t travel more than …

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ICYMI: Zinke Signs Order To Expand Hunting, Fishing & Conservation

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a new order to support and expand hunting and fishing, enhance conservation stewardship, improve wildlife management and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. “Hunting and fishing is a cornerstone of the American tradition and hunters and fishers of America are the backbone of land and wildlife conservation,” said Secretary Zinke. “The more people we can get outdoors, the better things will be for our public lands.” …

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2017 Most Expensive Fire Suppression Year on Record

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Below is a news release from the Department of Agriculture calling on Congress to fix the “fire borrowing” problem. WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that wildland fire suppression costs for the fiscal year have exceeded $2 billion, making 2017 the most expensive year on record.  Wildfires have ravaged states in the west, Pacific Northwest, and Northern Rockies regions of the United States this summer.  As the …

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Daines: Either We Manage The Forests, Or The Forests Are Going To Manage Us

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U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today took to the Senate floor to raise awareness and draw attention to the fires burning in Montana. Daines remarks as prepared for delivery: “Mr. President – “I left Montana early yesterday morning to be back here to Washington, D.C. to do the work of the American people, but as always my heart remains in Big Sky Country. “That’s especially true right now as fires burn across our …

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Idaho Suspends Wolf Bait Proposal

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted down a proposal to allow Idaho to become the first state to legalize the use of bait to hunt wolves. The ruling does not change rules that allow bait to be used to hunt black bears. Currently, it is legal for hunters to take a wolf that responds to bear bait. The commission also discontinued rulemaking to restrict use of game cameras and two-way electronic communications as aids …

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Ask Your Representative to Help Control Wild Horses

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RMEF has learned of an amendment to the appropriations bill that will be offered on the House floor next week to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from utilizing euthanasia to reduce the number of wild horses on public rangelands and in holding facilities. Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) is leading an effort to defeat the amendment and allow the agency to euthanize excess wild horses and burros to sustain the health and productivity public lands.

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Fires Affect Hunting Season

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Wildfires are burning across much of elk country so hunters need to do some research before they head afield this fall and be cautious once they do. Some wildlife management areas, block management units and privately-owned timberland across several states are closed due to wildfires and ongoing firefighting efforts. Additionally, campfires are off-limits or restricted in many locations because of bone-dry conditions. “Hunters have a big responsibility to be fire conscious,” said Andrea Jones, spokeswoman …

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Daines to Radical Environmentalists: Stop Blocking Forest Management Projects

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U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Friends of the Wild Swan (FOWS), Swan View Coalition (SVC), Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) and Native Ecosystems Council (NEC) 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue under the Endangered Species Act, Beaver Creek Project in the Flathead National Forest. The Notice of Intent was submitted on August 25. The Beaver Creek Project was developed in a collaborative fashion with the …

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Informing the ‘Misinformed’ about Wolves

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Below is a reprint of a guest commentary submitted to and printed by the Herald and News located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President and CEO David Allen. George Wuerthner wrote May 2 about his desire to respond to “misinformation” regarding the relationship between gray wolves and elk populations across the Northern Rocky Mountains (Elk herds flourish with proper wolf management). His words do nothing but confuse readers about what is …

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Yellowstone-Area Grizzlies are Now Delisted

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially handed over management responsibilities of Yellowstone-area grizzly bears to game agencies in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming now. Hunting is not allowed in Yellowstone National Park and none of the states have any immediate plans to institute management hunts, although that may happen in the future. “We have never asked for a buffer for bears. But what we have asked for and what is always part of our conversation …

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Speak Up against Chicago Tribune Editorial about Wolves in Great Lakes States

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The Chicago Tribune on August 9 published an editorial taking Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth to task for voting in favor of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The editorial also advised Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to vote against the bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

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Oregon to Remove Problem Wolves

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Due to continuing livestock depredation issues in northeast Oregon, wildlife officials plan to remove several wolves from the Harl Butte pack. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) received the request from several livestock producers after confirming two depredations over a five-day period. “In this chronic situation, lethal control measures are warranted,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Acting Wolf Coordinator. “We will use incremental removal to give the remaining wolves the opportunity to change their …

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Public Land Transfer

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MISSOULA, Mont.—In light of recent legislative efforts seeking the sale or transfer of federal lands to state ownership, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation strongly maintains its opposition to such proposals. “Nearly one-third of our nation’s land is in public ownership and that includes the majority of key elk habitat,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Transferring or selling these lands to states will do nothing to solve federal land management issues. It may also …

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Real Conservation Matters

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In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt was a man of action. As a hunter, he rallied fellow sportsmen and women, pushed for hunting regulations and established conservation groups to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat. His actions led to the formation of what we now refer to as …