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Minnesota Hosts Wolf Delisting Hearing

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services recently hosted a public hearing in Minnesota to gather public opinion on its intention to delist wolves in the continental United States. “The reason we keep species listed is because we want to protect species from going extinct. Wolves are not even close to that,” Lori Nordstrom, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assistant regional director, told Minnesota Public Radio. “They’re doing very well in the Great Lakes region, and …

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[Update] Enviro Group Intends to Sue, Wants Grizzlies in 12 Lower 48 States

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UPDATE (6/28/2019): An environmental group bent on placing grizzly bears across the country followed through on its threat and filed a lawsuit to try to make that happen. An environmental group that previously filed litigation to remove grizzly bears from state management and return them to federal protection, now intends to sue the federal government with a goal of vastly expanding grizzly bear recovery. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a formal notice of …

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Fire Scientist: Fight Fire with Fire or Else

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Forests are suffering because of decades of fire suppression. Aggressive efforts over the years to keep fire, any fire, off the landscape led to huge amounts of fuels on the forest floor which spawns large and often catastrophic wildfires. One forest expert says that means there are two options when dealing wildfire. “The first one is how much fire do we want on the landscape? The second one is, what kind of fire do we …

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RMEF Supports Returning Gray Wolf Management to State Wildlife Agencies

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fully supports removing the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife as proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). “Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the western Great Lakes region,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer, wrote in a public comment submitted to the USFWS. “RMEF maintains that where wolves exist, they should be managed by …

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RMEF Testifies on Capitol Hill

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently (5/15/2019) accepted an invitation to testify before lawmakers in Washington DC about the impacts of climate change on western forests and what that means for elk. “On many western forests, a mixed-conifer habitat with openings for forage and adjacent cover has the optimum biological diversity to support elk and other wildlife species,” said Mark Lambrecht, RMEF director of government affairs. “Instead, long-term fire suppression, lack of active forest management …

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WDFW Director Favors Delisting Wolves

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The Department of Interior recently announced intentions to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species List in the continental United States. Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), agrees with that action. According to the latest WDFW report, there are a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs and 15 successful breeding pairs in Washington which is above objective. “The Department finds the USFWS proposal to remove gray wolves from the …

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RMEF Lauds Congressional Reps for Rectifying Google Snafu

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) would like to thank Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) for taking swift action to rectify an issue with Google Ads. “We greatly appreciate the immediate actions of Representative Gianforte and Senator Daines,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “As Montanans and sportsmen, they understand, value and cherish our hunting heritage as well as RMEF’s conservation mission. Without their quick and effective response, our …

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Effort Begins to Forcibly Place Wolves into Colorado

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In January of 2017, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation first raised a warning about a “quiet” movement. In 2018, RMEF distributed an open letter to its membership in Colorado and Utah about an effort that was quiet no more. And in April of 2019, RMEF broke the news that many of the same extreme environmental groups that filed lawsuit after lawsuit over a mid-1990s operation that placed wolves in the Northern Rockies are now sponsoring …

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Wolf Ruling: Environmentalists Win Yet Another Day in Court

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling by a federal judge regarding the management of wolves in Idaho. Environmentalist groups filed suit challenging the authority and actions of Wildlife Services which is tasked with dealing with problem wildlife. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game uses Wildlife Services in areas where predators have a significant impact on elk and other big game. The elk population In Idaho’s Lolo Zone numbered more than …

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Wyoming Commits Funds to Wildlife Crossings, Discusses Grizzly Hunt

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved $1.25 million in funding toward wildlife crossings. According to the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish (WDGF), there are more than 6,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions each year in Wyoming. “Wildlife crossings is an important issue in Wyoming and one we can all relate to as we travel across the state,” said Angi Bruce, WDGF deputy director. “I’m very grateful for the commission’s commitment but we know this is going …

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CWD in Farmed Elk Triggers Emergency Measures in Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry (ODAFF) and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) are implementing emergency measures to monitor and protect wildlife after an elk from a game farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It happened in Lincoln County just north and east of Oklahoma City. A two-year-old bull died of an injury and a post-death examination confirmed the positive result. The only other CWD case was also on a game …

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Environmental Groups Line Pockets with Taxpayer Money

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Enacted in 1980, the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) authorizes the payment of attorney fees to a party that prevails in its argument against the U.S. government. Translation:  payment from the U.S. government equals taxpayer dollars. Environmental groups use the EAJA to fund its propaganda by filing lawsuit after lawsuit. According to the Capital Press, documentation found within the U.S. Forest Service Fiscal Year 2020 budget shows environmental groups received EAJA-related payouts of more …

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Revised Oregon Wolf Management Plan Available for Review

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) released its revised Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. It is available for public review with an expected vote scheduled at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Salem on June 7. “Wolf management is a polarizing topic with strong views on all sides, so it’s tough to find consensus,” says Derek Broman, ODFW carnivore and furbearer program coordinator. “But regardless of people’s views on wolves, the wolf …