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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 …

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Grizzly Bear Sighting Confirmed in Cody

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For the first time on record, the Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF) Department confirmed the sighting of a grizzly bear in the city limits of Cody, Wyoming. Biologists set a trap in hopes of catching it. “We have not made a decision on the disposition of that bear. Every bear we capture, we do on a case by case basis,” Dan Smith, WGF regional supervisor, told KULR-TV. Authorities are also looking for a bear that …

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WDFW Calls for Lethal Action against Wolf Pack

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The director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) authorized staff to lethally remove wolves from a new pack that continues to prey on cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County. WDFW staff confirmed that on six separate occasions since Sept. 4, one or more members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack killed one calf and injured five others on a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) grazing …

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Wisconsin Congressman: Delist Gray Wolves

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A congressman from Wisconsin introduced legislation to return management of the gray wolf to state control. “Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to use science-based wildlife management for our own gray wolf population, because we know what’s better for our state’s ecosystem better than activist judges in Washington,” said Congressman Sean Duffy. Management of gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin was transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions, …

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Pennsylvania Public Events Offer Info on CWD

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To help the public better understand chronic wasting disease and what it means for Pennsylvania’s deer and deer hunting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting several informational events across the three areas of the state where the disease has been detected and special rules are in place. To date, the following events are scheduled: Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Chronic Wasting Disease Open House; Jefferson County, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CWD open houses are designed …

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Missouri Offers Free Voluntary CWD Testing

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer hunters to know that it is offering free chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season – Sept. 15 through Jan. 15, 2019. The sampling is voluntary and hunters can also get free test results for their deer. Hunters can have their deer sampled at 11 select MDC offices around the state. Hunters can also take their …

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Arizona Game & Fish Asks Hunters to Help Keep CWD at Bay

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to continue doing their part to help keep Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk, at bay. All successful deer and elk hunters are encouraged to bring the head of their harvested animal, especially bucks and bulls, to any department office statewide between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The preferred method for delivery is to …

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Alabama Expands CWD Restrictions to All States, Canada

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) catapulted into the world of deer hunters all over the South when an afflicted white-tailed deer was discovered in the Mississippi Delta this past January. It was the first case so close to Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division immediately responded by adding Mississippi to the list of states where special precautions were in effect to minimize the chance of spreading …

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New Mexico Judge Rules in Favor of Public Access

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A judge in New Mexico ruled hunters, anglers and others can use several roads that cross private property to access State Trust Lands in the northeast part of the state. “Access to and use of our state’s public lands is a crucial part of the cultural heritage of New Mexicans,” Hector Balderas, New Mexico attorney general, stated in the Albuquerque Journal. “New Mexicans have hunted, fished, camped and spent time on our public lands near …

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Report: Americans Locked Out of 9.52 Million Acres of Western Public Land

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A new report indicates Americans are locked out of more than 9.5 million acres of public land across 13 different states. The three states most affected are Wyoming (3.05 million acres), Nevada (2.05 million acres) and Montana (1.52 million acres). Generated by the Montana GPS mapping company onX and presented at a media summit hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a majority of the land is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. “Public …

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RMEF, SAF Maintain Support to Delist Yellowstone Grizzlies

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation today (8/30/2018) spoke in favor of keeping grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park under state management while addressing a Montana federal court. Plaintiffs want to place the population back under federal protection. “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and state wildlife agencies in maintaining that the grizzly population in the Greater Yellowstone Area met all delisting criteria as determined by …

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Emotions Rise over Out-of-State Wolf Ruling

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The 18-member Washington Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) is tasked with recommending strategies to reduce conflicts with wolves as outlined in the state’s Wolf and Conservation Management Plan. That plan outlines trigger points that must be met for the approved lethal removal of a wolf or a wolf pack. Even though those points were met with a series of livestock depredations in northeast Washington, a judge granted a temporary restraining order filed by two out-of-state environmental …

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Key Court Date Looms for Grizzly Management Hunts

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September 1, 2018, marks the first day of grizzly bear management hunts in Idaho and Wyoming near Yellowstone Park. That is, unless a federal judge rules otherwise. “I think the plaintiffs just don’t want to see a bear hunted,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer, told the Missoulian. “And our members want us to be more active in representing interests of hunters. The wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana have spent a lot of …