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Authorization Given to Remove More Livestock-Killing Wolves

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind authorized the use of lethal measures to remove wolves from two packs that have repeatedly preyed on cattle on grazing lands in northeast Washington. The two wolf packs subject to lethal action are the Smackout pack in Stevens County and the Togo pack in Ferry County. Susewind authorized the removal of one or two members of the Smackout pack after WDFW field staff confirmed that …

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CWD Spreading Across Central Canada, Hunters Asked for Help

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Wildlife officials in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan discovered chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a new wildlife management zone, meaning the disease is now confirmed in 45 of Saskatchewan’s 83 wildlife management zones.  Thirty-four cases of CWD have been identified in the province this year. The new case involved a 3½ year-old elk bull in zone 42E, south of Melfort that was submitted as part of the ministry’s voluntary CWD surveillance program. “Hunters play a …

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Ask your Representative to Vote for Wolf Delisting Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives scheduled a vote the week of November 12 on H.R. 6784, a bipartisan bill requiring the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules removing gray wolves from the threatened and endangered species list in Wyoming and the Great Lakes states, including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The bill would also prevent further judicial review of these rules.

Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in these states and no longer require federal protection. State wildlife agencies are best to manage predator and prey populations through public hunting and other management tools in order to strike a balance for gray wolf and ungulate populations.

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Grizzlies Found in New Wyoming Location

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Chalk up another location where grizzly bears are turning up for the first time in decades. Only a few months after wildlife officials confirmed a grizzly sighting in Cody, Wyoming, now they captured three grizzlies south of Byron. “This is certainly first time in recent history we’ve captured a bear in Big Horn,” Dan Smith, Wyoming Game and Fish (WGFD) regional supervisor, told the Cody Enterprise. “We’ve had a busy year here in the Cody …

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CWD Found 25 Miles from Missouri Elk Herd

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirms that a whitetail deer a mere 25 miles away from the state’s elk herd tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. “Oh, we certainly are concerned with that proximity to the elk,” Jasmine Batten, MDC wildlife disease coordinator, told the Springfield News-Leader. “At this point there’s no reason to believe CWD has reached Peck Ranch, because we do test all the elk mortality cases we find. But the case …

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Right to Hunt, Fish on North Carolina Ballot

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and several other hunting and conservation organizations support a constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of people in North Carolina to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife. That measure will be on the November 6 ballot. The amendment would promote wildlife conservation and management while also declaring that hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing wildlife in North Carolina. Currently 21 states, including all those that border North …

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RMEF Addresses Yellowstone Grizzly Ruling

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains its stance in opposition to a ruling by a judge to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area from state management and place them back on the endangered species list. RMEF Chief Conservation Officer Blake Henning recently addressed the situation with Northwestern Outdoors Radio. “The organization is very disappointed in the judge’s ruling. We certainly believe that group of bears in Yellowstone has been recovered. There are well …

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Study: Fires Benefit Elk Forage

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Scientific research published in the Journal of Wildlife Management and funded, in part, by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation indicates fire triggers new growth that produces quality forage “ approximately equivalent to that of irrigated agriculture” for elk and other animals. “Fire is the big disturbance factor that a lot of the Western ecosystems evolved with,” Tom Toman, RMEF director of private lands stewardship, told the Billings Gazette. Toman also explained that fire removes pine …

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Oregon Officials End Mountain Lion Capture Operations

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is ending cougar capture operations in Zigzag because all available evidence shows the cougar killed last Friday, Sept. 14 is the one responsible for the state’s first fatal cougar attack. “It is highly probable that the cougar that killed Diana is the one that we killed last week,” said Derek Broman, ODFW carnivore coordinator. The cougar killed was detected on a trail camera set right at the …

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Minnesota Wolf Population Remains Stable

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Minnesota’s wolf population estimate was 2,655 wolves and 465 wolf packs during the winter of 2017-2018 within Minnesota’s wolf range, an estimate that is statistically unchanged from the previous winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Subtle changes in wolf population numbers year to year indicate that Minnesota supports a healthy wolf population and the long-term trends demonstrate that the wolf population is fully recovered,” said Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the …

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Wyoming Responds to Yellowstone Grizzly Ruling

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A federal judge ruled against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and overturned the Service’s action to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the endangered species list. This means grizzly bears in Wyoming are now under federal management. Questions related to the review of the judge’s decision will be handled by the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Governor Matt Mead issued this response, “I am disappointed with today’s decision. Grizzly bear recovery should …

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Yellowstone-Area Grizzlies Killed 7 People Since 2010

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According to an Associated Press report, grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park are responsible for the deaths of seven people since 2010. Forensic testing confirmed a sow grizzly and her cub as responsible for the attack and death of a hunting guide in Wyoming as well as injuring the guide’s client. Other victims in other grizzly attacks were hiking, camping or conducting research. Go here for a summary of the seven incidents. The Rocky …

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Wyoming Joins Other States to Research How Much Hunters Help Control CWD

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This year Wyoming and several other states and a Canadian province joined together to start a chronic wasting disease research project that could show if hunting helps control CWD. This prion disease affects deer, elk and moose. CWD is always fatal and studies have shown that it can contribute to population declines among deer in Wyoming. “The analysis will look at aspects like intensity — the proportions of the buck and doe harvest in a …

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Important Conservation Bill Moves Forward

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Chalk it up as a good step for conservation, hunting and sportsmen and women. The U.S. House passed a bill that increases flexibility for state wildlife agencies to use a greater percentage of Pittman-Robertson funds for recruiting hunters and recreational shooters. This added flexibility is critical to ensuring the long-term viability of revenue sources that fund state-based fish and wildlife conservation across the country. To date, the Pittman-Robertson Fund generated nearly $11 billion to wildlife …