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Tracking the Wolf

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Wolves are among the most elusive species on the landscape.  They are notoriously sly with sharp senses which make them extremely difficult to hunt.  And now, hunters are gearing up for the challenge with inaugural wolf seasons this fall in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus continuing hunts in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Canada. More successful wolf hunters mean better balance in areas where undermanaged predator populations have a more significant impact on elk and other …

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The Co$t of Wolf Recovery

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A report from Washington indicates ongoing gray wolf recovery efforts are taking their toll on state budgets. “Idaho has around 20,000 black bears and 2,500 mountain lions. They’re of similar size to wolves, occupying roughly the same space, yet those two species cause very little conflict in terms of livestock compared with wolves,” Todd Grimm, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program for Idaho, told the Spokesman Review. “Idaho probably spends less …

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Montana’s New Mountain Lion Strategy

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Seeking to improve how it goes about managing mountain lions, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) incorporated a new field monitoring strategy that uses technology, genetics and methodology to get a more accurate picture of the population. “The biggest challenge in managing mountain lions has always been our inability to count them,” said Jay Kolbe, FWP biologist. “We needed a way to monitor populations and to then set harvest seasons based on science and not …

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Grizzly Range Continues to Grow

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As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to give management to the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, grizzly bear range in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem continues to grow beyond both Yellowstone Park and the even larger grizzly bear recovery zone. “We’ve seen an 11 percent change in increasing range in just a couple of years,” said Frank van Manen, head scientist of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, and as quoted in the …

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Action Guidelines

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In this age of digital outreach, everyone has a voice and a platform. Social media provides the opportunity for one individual to spread his or her views in a quick, efficient and viral manner. Find the latest RMEF news releases and legislative calls to action as well as timely conservation, wildlife and hunting news at www.rmef.org. You can post that information directly to your social media platforms and also share posts from RMEF’s social media …

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Environmentalists begin push to force wolves into Colorado & Utah

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It was just two months ago that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation issued a word of warning about a “quiet” movement to return wolves to Colorado. That movement is quiet no more. An environmental group calling itself the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project has launched a website, social media channels and is currently circulating a petition with a goal of “restoring Colorado’s natural balance.” It also states “after successful reintroduction efforts in places like Idaho, Wyoming …

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I’m Not Doing This for You

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It has been said that capitalism works for a very simple reason – people can be counted on to do what is in their own interest. That has been the basis of human interaction since the beginning of time. One villager would catch fish and sell them to others, which helped the fisherman succeed, but also helped the others, who needed fish. In fact, the only way to make money in a free market is …

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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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RMEF Supports Bill to Fully Fund LWCF

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports a bill introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) that would permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill guarantees that LWCF will never again expire, fully funds the initiative to the annual maximum $900 million and sets aside a portion of that funding specifically to increase public access to public lands for hunters, anglers and hikers. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation applauds Senator …

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California AB 1544 Letter of Support

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Below is a letter from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, California Houndsmen for Conservation and the California Deer Association supporting legislation in California to allow for a temporary suspension of the state’s ban on lead ammunition. Dear Assembly Member Garcia: The above listed wildlife conservation organizations are pleased to co-sponsor AB 1544 (Dahle/Mathis), legislation which would ensure that hunters can stay in the field, and landowners can continue …

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TAKE ACTION: AZ SB 1182 Attempts to Ban Hunting/Trapping of Mountain Lions and Bobcats

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The Arizona Senate will soon consider a bill to ban the hunting and trapping of mountain lions and bobcats in the state. SB 1182 would remove these animals from the list of big game animals that are managed by the Arizona Department of Fish and Game and instead make them protected species. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation believes managed hunting and trapping of predators—including mountain lions and bobcats—plays a vital role in effectively balancing wildlife populations and encourages you to request your legislator vote against this misguided legislation.

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Transfer of Public Lands – Interview with Mark Lambrecht

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation remains opposed to the wholesale disposal, sale or transfer of federal land holdings. Federal public lands comprise vital habitat for elk and other wildlife species. They are where we hunt, fish, camp, hike, ride and recreate. Transferring ownership of federal lands to states is not a solution to federal land management issues; it is a shell game to avoid the heavy lifting of establishing proactive land management policies in the …