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Hunters Help Boost Wyoming’s Economy by More than $1 Billion

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Hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers in Wyoming contributed more than $1 billion to Wyoming’s economy during 2017, according to a new analysis by the University of Wyoming. It’s a 2.3 percent increase from 2016 due to more people heading outdoors. “Wyoming has some of the best wildlife watching in the country, and the hunting and fishing opportunities here are sought after because of the high-quality wildlife, access and the outdoor experience with friends and family,” …

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Jogger Strangles Mountain Lion to Death after It Attacks Him

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A man jogging near Fort Collins, Colorado, was attacked by a mountain lion but he fought back in a big way. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), he hit the animal with a rock and then choked it to death. “The runner did everything he could to save his life. In the event of a lion attack you need to do anything in your power to fight back just as this gentleman did,” said …

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RMEF Funding Assists Montana Brucellosis Surveillance Project

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As part of its multi-year Targeted Elk Brucellosis Surveillance Project, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) conducted elk capture operations in both the northern portion of the Tendoy Mountains southwest of Dillon and in the southern portion of the Bangtail Mountains northwest of Livingston. This project is a joint effort between the Montana Department of Livestock and FWP, with support from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “Important on-the-ground work of this nature couldn’t happen without …

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Train Collision Kills 31 Elk

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A train traveling between Montpelier and Soda Springs, Idaho, struck an elk herd in the early morning hours of January 25. Conservation officers from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) arrived at the scene and dispatched injured animals as well as coordinated the removal of the carcasses from the railroad tracks. A total of 31 elk were killed of which ten were salvageable and distributed to members of the community. A resident volunteered …

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Leupold to Raise Funds for RMEF Public Access Projects

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Leupold & Stevens, Inc. announced it will partner with MTN OPS to raise funds for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s land-access projects and other conservation efforts at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, held at the Portland Expo Center on Feb. 6-10, 2019. During the show, the Leupold booth will offer guests the chance to “Hang Out for Conservation.” Consumers will have the chance to compete and win prizes in a “hang bar” challenge – assorted …

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Montana Master Hunter Program Seeks Applicants

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Update: The deadline has been extended to February 18th. Want to be a master hunter? Then a second-year Montana program may be just for you. The Montana Hunter Advancement Program is seeking applicants for its class of 2019. The program is a 50-hour course which generally takes place over a six-week period. It is landowner-driven and supported by landowner associations and major conservation nonprofit organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and others. Instructors include …

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La Barge Creek Wyoming Public Access Project

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Sometimes acquiring private land to permanently protect its wildlife values and then conveying it to an agency so it becomes open to public access, just isn’t enough. Simply put…sometimes stuff happens. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a landowner and several other partners to obtain a 160-acre property in southwest Wyoming. Nestled in the Wyoming Range at the confluence of Miller and La Barge Creeks, it provides important winter range for elk, moose, mule …

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Studies to Monitor Colorado Elk

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Two different studies, one in central Colorado and the other in northwest Colorado, will allow wildlife managers to learn more about the health and movements of elk herds. Beginning in early March, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct a long-term, two-part study in Routt and Eagle Counties to assess the current and future health of elk populations in these areas. For approximately the next six years, residents may see activity related to the effort, including …

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Research Supports Use of Post-Fire Forest Management

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Active forest management versus letting Mother Nature take its course. Which approach is best for overall forest health? The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has long maintained that post-wildfire forest management benefits wildlife habitat and forest health. And now there is definitive research to back that up. More specifically, post-fire forest management in the form of prescribed burning, logging and forest thinning, when carried out correctly, reduces overall fuel load thus reducing the potential of future …

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Report Sheds New Light on Fatal Wyoming Grizzly Attack

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Mark Uptain, a hunting guide from Wyoming used bear spray to stop a grizzly that attacked him as he field dressed an elk for a client but it was too little, too late. The fatal mauling happened in mid-September of 2018 in the Teton Wilderness. “Evidence suggests that when Uptain deployed the bear spray, it stopped the aggression, giving him time to escape,” as stated in a Wyoming Game and Fish report and printed in …

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R3 = Recruiting, Retaining and Reactivating Hunters & Target Shooters

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation focuses on its conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. When it comes to ensuring the future of our “hunting heritage,” RMEF seeks to do so by sponsoring a myriad of hunting- and outdoor-related programs, camps, seminars, scholarship opportunities and other activities and events. As part of that effort, RMEF holds a seat on the board of directors for the Council …

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Hunt Sheds in Utah? Take the Online Ethics Course Before You Go

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If you plan to gather shed antlers in Utah between Feb. 1 and April 15, The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says you need to first take its free online ethics course. When you’re done with the course, print out your antler-gathering certificate and carry it with you in the field. The course is designed to protect animals during this critical time of year. Late winter and early spring is a tough time of year …

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Forest Management Project Slows Destructive Wildfire

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The Boyds Fire burned an estimated 4,700 acres of timber and grass understory in northeast Washington during the summer of 2017. It threatened homes, businesses, a cedar mill and power lines that provide electricity to residents of Ferry County. The bottom line is it could have been much larger and much worse. What happened? The flames churned their way through rugged terrain until they hit forestland previously treated with prescribed burn and thinning projects. “Without …