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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reaffirms Recovery of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

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Below is a news release issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports this latest ruling. Strong partnerships involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, federal and state agencies, tribes and other partners continue to contribute to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear’s remarkable recovery. Today (4/27-2018), the Service reaffirmed its final rule delisting the GYE population under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On December 7, 2017, the …

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Colorado Bill to Increase Parks and Wildlife Revenue Passes General Assembly

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The Colorado House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 143, a bill to increase revenue for parks and wildlife by raising resident and nonresident hunting and fishing fees. The bill, which received unanimous approval in the Senate in March, goes to the governor for signature. The resident elk license will increase from $45 to $53 while a nonresident license will cost $660—a $60 increase. SB 143 also allows the Parks and Wildlife Commission to apply …

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Judge Rules against FWS in Mexican Wolf Case

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A federal judge ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is not doing enough to ensure the future of Mexican wolves in the desert southwest. She faulted a 2015 FWS federal management rule that, in part, caps population numbers at 325 and bars wolf dispersal north of Interstate 40 which runs through central Arizona and New Mexico. Environmentalists maintain that the Mexican wolf population should be spread as far north as southern Utah and …

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‘Ballot Box’ Predator Management Issue Abandoned in Arizona

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The active management of Arizona’s mountain lion and bobcat populations will continue. An animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States, just distributed an email to its supporters announcing intentions to give up efforts for a ballot initiative to ban the hunting of the two species, although it said it would regroup and try again. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation agreed with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and went on record in …

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Land Exchange Program Permanently Reauthorized

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and many other conservation organizations and sportsmen’s groups support Congress in its action to permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act as part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill. Expired since 2011, the successful land exchange program will once again increase recreational access to public lands, support economic development, consolidate land ownership, and conserve special places in western states. “We are pleased reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation …

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Colorado County: No to Wolf Reintroduction

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Commissioners from Moffat County, located in the northwest corner of Colorado, again proclaimed their opposition by animal rights and environmental groups seeking to transplant wolves in Colorado. According to the Craig Daily Press, the signed resolution opposes wolf reintroduction, seeks to protect the local economy and create compensation for the loss of livestock and wildlife, supports previous recommendations by the Colorado Wolf Management Working Group which also opposed reintroduction, and maintains that any future wolf …

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Congress Approves Fire Funding Solution and Forest Management Reforms

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RMEF has encouraged Congress for several years to find a better way to fund firefighting efforts on federal lands and enact forest management reforms so agencies can accomplish wildlife habitat projects. Congress finally came through, in the form of provisions included in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that was passed on March 22 and signed into law by President Trump on March 23. The U.S. Forest Service currently spends over half its budget …

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Wyoming Aims to Hold Grizzly Hunt, Seeks Public Comment

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission announced intentions to institute a grizzly bear hunting season in 2018. If approved, there would be a quota of 24 bears. “This draft was shaped by public input we received this fall and winter and the best available science. It contains proposed regulations that would ensure Wyoming will meet its commitment to manage for a healthy and viable population of grizzly bears inside the demographic monitoring area in northwest …

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Utah DNR Strikes Back at Environmentalist Claims

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Seeking to dispel half-truths promoted by an environmentalist group, the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a video that shines a more complete light on a habitat treatment called chaining. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance initiated a smear campaign focused on the chaining process itself and not the positive effects that come from its use.  Those positive outcomes and subsequent follow-up treatments include reseeding, the growth of drought-resistant native plants, improved water flow of …