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Wolves Attack Dog in Duluth City Limits

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Two wolves attacked a dog in search of shed antlers in a remote, wooded area within the city limits of Duluth, Minnesota. “I ran at the front wolf and swung so hard that I missed him with the ax head and just hit him with the handle. That was enough to get the wolf off the dog’s front end. But the first wolf was still biting into the dog’s rear and underside,” Paul Moore told …

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RMEF Supports Returning Gray Wolf Management to State Wildlife Agencies

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fully supports removing the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife as proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). “Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the western Great Lakes region,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer, wrote in a public comment submitted to the USFWS. “RMEF maintains that where wolves exist, they should be managed by …

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Edith Peak Montana – onX Public Access Project

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Public land does not always feature large swaths of landscape that is 100 percent open to public access. Sometimes privately-owned inholdings feature development or the potential for development that can disrupt wildlife migration corridors, wildlife management and limit public access. In October 2018, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 1,120 acres of elk habitat high in the mountains of western Montana about 15 miles west of Missoula. The two parcels were previously private inholdings owned …

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Spring Tradition – A RMEF Film

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There’s no denying that turkey hunting is as close to elk hunting as you can get in the spring. Patterning, stalking and calling all come in to play for both quarries. For 10 years running, RMEF volunteers David and Crystal Watts have donated the use of their Texas ranch for youth hunters and to help RMEF donors and volunteers come together to raise funding for improving elk habitat. The event is now much more than …

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Video: Deer Fight South Dakota Floodwaters, Swim to Shore

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It’s a good thing deer know how to swim. A man driving across a bridge over a flood-swollen river in South Dakota captured video of four deer fighting to keep from being swept downstream. It happened in Lyman County which is in the south-central portions of South Dakota. About 225 miles to the west, a late spring snowstorm dumped more than two feet of snow in the Black Hills forcing several waterways out of their …

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Mountain Lion Attacks Young California Boy

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A four-year-old boy survived being attacked by a mountain lion in San Diego, California. It happened in the seven-mile long Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, one of the largest urban parks in the nation. The attack took place in the middle of the afternoon while the boy was hiking with a group of 10 others. According to KGTV-TV, the boy’s father kicked the animal and threw a rock at it to eventually scare it away. The …

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Oregon Unveils Antlerless Elk Damage Tag Pilot Program

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Over the last few decades, elk populations in many areas of Oregon increased on private land adjacent to row crop or irrigated agricultural lands, leading to conflict, economic damage, and reduced hunting opportunity in some units. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and landowners use a variety of tools to address this damage, including hunting through controlled antlerless elk hunting and damage tags. However, controlled hunts can be inconvenient for hunters who must …

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RMEF Volunteers Help Remove Tons of Trash from Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers recently joined forces with the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other groups to clean up more than three tons of trash from eight illegal grow sites on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in north-central California. In total, the amount of trash and infrastructure weighed 6,100 pounds and included five and a half miles of irrigation pipe. It took 22 helicopter loads to remove all the refuse. …

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Wyoming Winter a Tough One for Moose

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Every winter is tough on wildlife, but this past one seemed to be tougher on moose than any in recent memory for those animals near Jackson, Wyoming. “We had more moose calls this winter than any I can remember,” said Kyle Lash, Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden. “I’d say we easily handled 30 dead moose between Jackson and Wilson this winter.” Jackson Hole Valley racked up record levels of snow and as winter wore …

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Report: Hunting, Shooting Sports Faring Better than Assumed

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Spending in the overall hunting and shooting sports market grew 11 percent in 2018, according to a new Southwick Associates report. Despite well-publicized decreases in the firearm and ammunition categories, 2018 sales for accessories and support equipment grew, driving the overall market to a total of $21.3 billion in retail sales. “The data show what we’ve been suspecting – the hunting and shooting markets are performing better than recent media coverage indicates,” said Rob Southwick, …

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34 Members of Congress Support Wolf Delisting

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A letter signed by 34 members of Congress supports delisting gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act. “We fully understand and support the statutory purpose and intent of the Endangered Species Act,” the letter states. “When the gray wolf was reclassified as “endangered” in 1978, the best available science was used to demonstrate the species was at risk for extinction. Now, we must use the best available science to delist the gray wolf and allow …

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Mexican Wolf Depredations on the Rise

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The latest joint report issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department shows a significant increase in livestock depredation by Mexican wolves. The report states that during April 2019, there were 37 confirmed wolf depredation incidents on livestock as compared to 40 such incidents in the previous three months combined. The end of year census for 2018 shows there are a minimum of 131 Mexican wolves in the wild …

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Attorney Fees, Costs to Be Made Public

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Members of the Congressional Western Caucus strongly support efforts by the Department of Interior (DOI)  to increase transparency surrounding attorney’s fees. The DOI recently issued a memorandum requiring the creation of a webpage that discloses information relating to attorney’s fees and costs. Environmental groups often cite the Equal Access to Justice Act in order to receive payments in the form of American taxpayer dollars. “”For too long, many so-called environmentalist groups have treated the taxpayer’s …

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CWD Confirmed West of Divide in Montana

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Chronic wasting disease was recently found in a white-tailed doe that was killed within the city limits of Libby, a small northwest Montana town. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials collected the doe after residents reported seeing a very emaciated and sick-looking deer. This week, initial test results came back positive for CWD. Results of a second confirmation test are expected early next week. This is the first time CWD has been detected in the …

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Cow Elk Injures Woman in Yellowstone

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Less than two weeks after Yellowstone National Park issued a warning about the aggressiveness shown by cow elk during the calving season, a woman working in Yellowstone suffered injuries from a cow elk. According to a report in the Billings Gazette, details are yet to be released but it happened on May 29 in Mammoth Hot Springs. Officials at Banff National Park in Canada recently closed part of the park to give cows and newborn …