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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 …

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Montana Approves Grizzly Management Plan

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The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a grizzly bear management plan for if and when the animals in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem are removed from the endangered species list. More specifically, the commission set a population goal of approximately 800 grizzlies. “The overwhelming majority of the comments didn’t really address the rule,” Ken McDonald, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife bureau chief, told the Missoulian. “There was a lot of ‘don’t hunt, don’t …

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RMEF, BLM Project Benefits Montana Wildlife, Sportsmen and Women

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Below is a 12/11/2018 news release from the U.S. Department of Interior regarding a RMEF project that permanently protected and opened access to nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat in southwest Montana. Another Conservation Win: Secretary Zinke adds 960 acres of Prime Wildlife Habitat to Montana BLM lands WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the Bureau of Land Management has acquired lands from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for $1,025,000 …

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Ask Congress to Pass Sportsmen’s Package

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Senate and House leaders are considering recommending end-of-the-year approval of a “Sportsmen’s Package” bill that includes several provisions RMEF strongly supports. These include modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Act to allow additional funds be used for recreational shooting facilities and hunter recruitment; providing additional hunting opportunities for veterans; implementing an “open until closed” federal lands management policy to prevent public lands from being closed to hunting and fishing; allowing bows to be transported through National Parks; allowing qualified volunteers to help with wildlife management in National Parks; requiring information be published about which groups sue the federal government and collect attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act; establishing a reasonable, cross-boundary, cross-jurisdictional permit for small public lands filming operations; and preventing the Army Corps of Engineers from prohibiting possession of a firearm at certain federal water resource developments.

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Hunters Help Fight CWD in Minnesota

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Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90. The hunts are one step …

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Newspaper Calls Out Lawmaker over Wolf Comments

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A newspaper based in Salem, Oregon, and founded in 1928, called out Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) for comments he made regarding those who favor the state management of gray wolves. You can read the editorial below: Editorial: DeFazio’s Wolf Comments Out of Line  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would remove the grey wolf from the federal Endangered Species list. The bill passed on a 196-180 vote.  The measure would strip wolves …