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Simpson no longer sheepish about bighorn conservation
Sun Valley Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a welcome move, Congressman Simpson dropped efforts to force the Forest Service to ignore threats that domestic sheep operations pose to bighorn sheep. Simpson had previously crafted two riders to keep the Forest Service from removing domestic sheep from bighorn sheep habitat. Diseases carried by domestic sheep are often fatal to bighorn sheep: Idaho has lost over half its bighorn population in Hells Canyon over the last 15 years. More



New Mexico to sell unclaimed big-game hunting licenses
The Associated Press via KFDA-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
State officials open a sale next week for more than 6,000 deer, elk and javelina hunting licenses. The Department of Game and Fish says the licenses, which went unsold during its annual drawing for big-game permits, will go on sale at on the department's website. More

Why is Alaska's largest caribou herd seeing a steady decline?
Alaska Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Alaska's largest caribou herd continues to shrink as challenges on its huge range in Northwest Alaska continue to pose problems. The Western Arctic Herd numbered about 325,000 animals, according to the most-recent census by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Although that's just 5 percent less than the previous census in July 2009, it's about a third smaller than the herd's peak in 2003. Since then, the population has steadily declined 4 to 6 percent a year. More

Some deer-plagued towns turn to hunting
Arkansas News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When deer come to town, not everyone greets them with a 'hi, y'all' and a bowl of snacks. Deer, the favorite game animal and target for hundreds of thousands Arkansans, can be a nuisance and a danger for motorists, especially in municipalities. Several Arkansas communities have turned to limited and tightly controlled hunting as a means to reduce the numbers of deer on their city limits. More

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Plan to hunt wolves illustrates culture clash
Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Minnesota's first managed wolf hunting and trapping season, set for this fall, will be more than just controversial. It also will be a cultural clash. American Indian bands around the state oppose the hunting and trapping of wolves on spiritual grounds, will prohibit wolf hunting on tribal lands and complain that the DNR and Legislature haven't considered their views. More

Do bears sense that hunters are afoot?
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Alpha predators like bears, wolves and mountain lions are used to calling the shots in nature. But when humans arrive with guns and hounds, this hierarchy is displaced in more ways than one. Obviously, hunting costs animal lives, but some researchers also speculate that a hunter's presence reverberates in other ways, too, changing the behavior of these large carnivorous quarry. In other words, predators know they're being hunted. More

Lawmakers, agency strike deal in feud over Bump and Grind trail
My Desert    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The upper half-mile portion of the Bump and Grind trail could be open to the public nine months out of the year under an amended bill co-sponsored by two Coachella Valley legislators that has been sent to the Senate floor. Under a plan originating at the state Department of Fish and Game, the trail would be closed February through April, which is considered lambing season for the endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep. More

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DNR rules on wolf hunt find reasonable balance
JS Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The public still has a chance to weigh in on what may be the most controversial hunting season in Wisconsin in many years, but the State Department of Natural Resources does seem to have put together a reasonable and balanced plan for the state's first regulated wolf hunt. The plan is aimed at managing the wolf population while keeping it at sustainable levels, meeting the requirements of the law approving a wolf hunt season and addressing the concerns of those, such as the state's Indian tribes, who want to see no or little wolf hunting and those who want to see a significant reduction in the population. More

Group offers reward in case of 3 elk poachings
Citizen Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission continues to look for leads in connection with the shooting deaths of three elk, and the N.C. Wildlife Federation is hoping a monetary reward will help find the poachers. More


 

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