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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 …

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Study: Effects of Reintroducing Predators Questioned

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Study: Effects of Reintroducing Predators Questioned New research raises questions whether the reintroduction of apex predators, such as wolves for example, restores ecosystems to how they were before predators were removed. “We need more studies. More tests of this ‘assumption of reciprocity,’ as we call it — particularly via rigorous experimental studies — would be really helpful. This is hard data to get, but we really do need it before we can credibly claim that …

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Acting Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order to Ensure Public Access is Considered in Land Transactions

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued a directive to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ensuring public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation is considered for all proposals that would exchange or dispose of public lands. Secretarial Order 3373 requires the BLM to amend its Land Use Planning Handbook and other guidance within 45 days to include public access for outdoor recreation as one of the factors in determining whether a parcel should be …

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Hunters Victorious in Court

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of hunters on a game retrieval program in the Kaibab National Forest of northern Arizona. Environmental groups appealed a previous ruling by the Arizona U.S. District Court, which they also lost. “This is a big win for hunters,” said Kyle Weaver, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation president and CEO. “Hunters play an important role in helping wildlife officials effectively manage the populations of elk and …

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Breaking News: S.47 – Natural Resources Management Act Passes Congress

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation strongly supports congressional action resulting in the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The House voted in favor of the proposal 363-62 just two weeks after the Senate approved the measure 92-8. “We wish to thank Congress for acting in a positive and timely manner in getting this done,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president …

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Oregon to Present Updated Wolf Plan

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will present its revised Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to the Commission on March 15, 2019, in Salem. While stakeholders representing ranching, hunting and wolf conservation came to agreement on some topics, there was no consensus on several of the most controversial issues including the number of livestock depredations that leads to consideration of lethal removal of wolves when nonlethal deterrents have not worked. Environmental groups recently …

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Federal Government Appeals Yellowstone Grizzly Ruling

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The U.S. government is appealing a federal judge’s decision that removed the Yellowstone area grizzly population from state management and returned it to federal protections. Federal and state officials maintain the population, which stands at more than 700 in the region, is recovered and should be managed by state agencies which manage all other wildlife. The state of Wyoming already filed an appeal.  The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed a …

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RMEF, SAF May Appeal Yellowstone Grizzly Ruling

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation along with the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation filed a joint notice to appeal a federal judge’s decision that removed Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from state management and restored federal protections. The notice allows the two groups to decide at a later date whether to formally appeal the decision. The state of Wyoming already filed a formal appeal. RMEF agrees with professional wildlife managers that the grizzly population met recovery goals, adapted to …

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Judge Overturns Plans to Expand Idaho Predator Management

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A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of several environmental groups seeking to overturn plans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand predator management in Idaho. The judge stated a 2016 environmental assessment by the USDA’s Wildlife Services was insufficient. According to a Capital Press report, predator management will revert to assessments conducted in 2002 and 1996 which environmental groups can address in a different lawsuit. The majority of requests for predator …

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Wyoming Appeals Yellowstone Grizzly Decision

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The state of Wyoming filed an appeal of a federal judge’s decision removing Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from state management and restoring federal protections. “Grizzly bear recovery should be viewed as a conservation success story,” Matt Mead, Wyoming governor stated immediately after the ruling two months ago. “Due to Wyoming’s investment of approximately $50 million for recovery and management, grizzly bears have exceeded every scientifically established recovery criteria in the GYE since 2003. Numbers have risen …