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Elk, Deer Frolic Together in North Carolina

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It’s not something you see every day. Owners of a restaurant in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, watched two elk and a whitetail deer playing together as they romped and frolicked in the heart of their small town. Kim Delozier, conservation program manager with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, said he’s seen similar behavior in the past including a cow elk that wandered off from the herd several years ago to spend time with another species. …

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Apply to Hunt Elk in Arkansas

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If you want an opportunity to harvest Arkansas’s largest big game animal, now is the time to put your name in the hat. The application period for Arkansas’s public land elk hunting permits is open from 8 a.m., May 1 until 11:59 p.m. June 1, 2019. Twenty-nine permits will be drawn to hunt elk in Arkansas’s Buffalo River Country live on stage at the 22nd Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 29. Twenty-six of those …

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RMEF Access Project a Win for Hunters, Hikers and Wildlife

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) acquired 620 acres of critical public access and prime wildlife habitat, including elk habitat, along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front within the boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF then conveyed the property to the USFS. Not only does the transaction create new public access but it improves access to more than 2,000 acres of adjacent public land. “We appreciate …

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Restoring Elk Country – Oklahoma Prescribed Burns

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Without fire, forest health suffers because of overly dense limbs and leaves above that block sunshine to the forest floor below, thwarting the growth of nutritional forage needed by elk and other wildlife. Such forests also become vulnerable to large scale insect and disease outbreaks. That’s why, dating back to 2002, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Oklahoma  provided more than $200,000 in grant funding for extensive prescribed burn treatments, as well as other habitat …

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Green Mountain – Public Access Project

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This pass, located along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front east of the Bob Marshall Wilderness is a cross-section of activity both present and past. It is here where Meriweather Lewis crossed the Continental Divide on his return journey home from the West with fellow explorer William Clark. It is also here where you find the modern day Continental Divide National Scenic Trail within the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail corridor, where modern day hikers do …

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WDFW Director Favors Delisting Wolves

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The Department of Interior recently announced intentions to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species List in the continental United States. Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), agrees with that action. According to the latest WDFW report, there are a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs and 15 successful breeding pairs in Washington which is above objective. “The Department finds the USFWS proposal to remove gray wolves from the …

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Winner, Winner…

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Have you ever won a free New Mexico elk hunt for two people? That’s what happened to a lucky RMEF member when his entry ticket was first out of the hopper in our 2018 Win A Dream Hunt Sweepstakes. As the Grand Prize winner in our random drawing, Michael B. of Colorado had his choice of a British Columbia moose hunt, $10,000.00 cash, or an elk hunt for two at New Mexico’s famed Montosa Ranch. …

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RMEF Celebrates 35 Years of Conservation

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Thirty-five years after its founding on May 14, 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is celebrating decades of conservation success. “Quite simply, the growth and accomplishments of this organization are staggering,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It began with four elk hunters in northwest Montana who struggled as they opened shop in a doublewide trailer, but did so with determination and a vision to ensure the future of elk and elk …

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Leave Newborn Wildlife Alone

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When visiting the great outdoors in the spring and early summer, even if you are only venturing as far as your own backyard, there is something important to keep in mind: when it comes to taking care of wildlife babies, no one does it better than wildlife moms. If you see a baby bird hopping on the ground or a tiny deer fawn curled up in the shade of an aspen, leave it alone. Don’t …

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Colorado Ramps Up Wildlife Underpass, Overpass Program

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There were more than 4,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2018 in the state of Colorado. And more people are taking notice. “When people hit a deer or an elk, usually they move it off of the side of the road just to the shoulder,” Tammy Johnson of Montrose told Colorado Public Radio. “Typically, before, there would be a deer and then the next day would it would be gone. But now I feel like they’re always …

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Can You Differentiate Between a Grizzly and a Black Bear?

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Wildlife officials in Idaho recently confirmed the presence of a grizzly bear northeast of Magee in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. Both grizzly bears and black bears live in the Idaho Panhandle. Hunters, hikers and others are encouraged to know the difference between the two species, be aware and take appropriate precautions. Size and color of the animal are not reliable indicators of species. It’s best to look at multiple features in order to make …

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Wyoming Seeks Your Input on CWD

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To provide information and gather crucial public input on chronic wasting disease, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a series of meetings across the state. “CWD is widely distributed across Wyoming and is fatal to deer, elk and moose. Providing information and hearing from the public is important as Game and Fish works to address CWD in Wyoming, and we hope people will come to these meetings to learn about CWD and have …

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Washington Residents Want More Hunting to Thin Growing Mountain Lion Population

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People who live in northeast Washington are seeing mountain lions—a lot of mountain lions. Because of that, residents of Stevens County are circulating a petition to increase the hunting quota for mountain lions. “It’s not like there’s an occasional cougar sighting. There are daily cougar sightings,” Ray Clark, local businessman, told KREM-TV. “Kids that live out of town cannot go out and play right now,” he said. “There are too many cougars. People that are …

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Utah Wildlife Board Approves 2019 Big Game Hunts

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The Utah Wildlife Board recently approved the 2019 big game hunting permit numbers, as well as several new hunts. The recommended number of hunting permits each year is based on a few factors. “There is always an opportunity vs. quality debate when it comes to managing wildlife, but for us, biology and the health of the herd is a big priority,” said Covy Jones, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources DWR big game coordinator. “As a …