The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sees eye-to-eye with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission which passed a motion opposing a proposed ballot initiative that would ban the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats and restrict management by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
“I like to describe it as ballot box wildlife management versus scientific management of wildlife,” said Commissioner Kurt Davis. “This is very dangerous for the ability of our wildlife professionals, our scientists, to effectively manage all the forms of wildlife in the state. It removes management tools that are used by the department and I think that’s a very dangerous path to go down.”
As of early December, the proposed initiative is yet to qualify for the ballot, but the Commission regularly takes positions on legislation with potential impact on wildlife management practices.
The proposed measure, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, also seeks to protect “lynx,” a species not found in Arizona, and two endangered species already under federal protection, jaguars and ocelots. None of these animals can be legally hunted in Arizona.
Go here to take action in opposing the measure.
(Photo source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)