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RMEF, Sportsmen’s Alliance File Brief in Support of Yellowstone Grizzly Management

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed a joint summary judgement brief supporting a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to remove federal protections from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population. “We stand alongside the Sportsmen’s Alliance and our fellow conservation organizations in supporting federal scientists and wildlife biologists who declared the grizzly population fully recovered,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “The next step is keeping grizzly …

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Wyoming Burn to Benefit Deer, Elk, Other Critters

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A multi-year prescribed burn project in west-central Wyoming will enhance more than 30,000 acres of habitat for mule deer, elk and other wildlife. According to Wyo4News, a Bureau of Land Management crew recently completed a 400-acre prescribed burn on the east slope of Wyoming Range near LaBarge. The work is taking place as part of the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project. It is designed to remove encroaching conifer trees in order to rejuvenate aspen …

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Vote “No” on LWCF Amendments

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The US House of Representatives will be voting on two amendments to the Interior Appropriations Bill from Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on Wednesday, July 18 that would undermine the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The first amendment would transfer funds from the Bureau of Land Management LWCF account to the National Park Service maintenance backlog. There is no reason for this amendment, since the Department of Interior supports legislation designating a new funding source (a portion of domestic energy development revenues) for this purpose. The second amendment would transfer funds from the US Forest Service LWCF account to the “spending reduction account.”

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Wyoming Increases Quota, Expands Wolf Hunt

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission passed regulations that expand the 2018 wolf hunt to include the month of September while also increasing the overall quota by 14 animals for a total of 58. “The rationale is that we have a higher wolf-mortality quota,” Game and Fish wolf biologist Ken Mills said, “and there was a desire to add some time in there to open up flexibility for people to meet that mortality limit,” Ken …

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Senate Passes Its Version of Farm Bill

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The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill. The massive package includes provisions that benefit fish, wildlife and conservation although there are other provisions that seemingly clash with the legislation passed by the House. Go here to see the House version of the Farm Bill. Negotiators from the two chambers are working to iron out differences in order to forward it to President Trump. (Photo source: Natural Resources Conservation Service)

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House Passes Farm Bill, Senate to Consider Soon

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The Senate is due to take up the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), better known as the Farm Bill, already passed by the House of Representatives in June 2018. The current Farm Bill, set to expire in September, includes many important conservation programs for that benefit fish and wildlife as well as conservation efforts. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the important programs featured in the Farm Bill via the Congressional …

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Michigan Wolf Population Continues to Grow

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The latest count by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shows a minimum population of 662 wolves in Michigan, more than three times larger than state population objective of 200. “Based on our latest minimum population estimate, it is clear wolf numbers in Michigan remain viable and robust,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s wildlife division. “A similar trend is apparent in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The western Great Lakes states’ wolf population is …

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Great Lakes Wolf Population May Soon Be Delisted

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A report out of Wisconsin indicates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is determining whether to remove the gray wolf population in the Upper Midwest from the Endangered Species Act. “If appropriate, the Service will publish a proposal to revise the wolf’s status in the Federal Register by the end of the calendar year,” Georgia Parham, USFWS spokeswoman, told Wisconsin Public Radio. “Any proposal will follow a robust, transparent and open public process that …

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Wisconsin Wolf Population 200 Percent above Objective

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A minimum population of 905 to 944 wolves wanders across Wisconsin’s landscape. That’s according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The latest figures are well above the Wisconsin state plan that calls for 350 wolves outside of reservations. “The Endangered Species Act did its job–its protections were instrumental in allowing this species to successfully reestablish itself within our wildlife community,” said Scott Walter, DNR large carnivore ecologist. “However, the population has been well …

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Shotguns and Wildlife Legislation

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It was a day to strengthen relationships, talk about wildlife and, for some, to learn how to shoulder a shotgun and take down a clay bird. The California Outdoor Sporting Caucus recently held its annual trap & skeet shoot and barbecue at the Cordova Shooting Center in Rancho Cordova, California. A diverse group of legislators, legislative staff and sportsmen’s organizations were joined by game wardens with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who donated …