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Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep survive Waldo Canyon fire
The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even after the Waldo Canyon fire swept through their Queen's Canyon home, a large band of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep grazes on. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Michael Seraphin said that while people usually expect a mass evacuation of animals during a wildfire — creeping into neighborhoods and ransacking garbage cans — most simply stay inside the fire's perimeter. "Their instincts are much better than people's," Seraphin said. "Animals that can run, will run and animals that can fly will fly away from the flames and animals that can burrow will burrow into the earth to protect themselves." The herd of about 75 curly-horned animals scattered into three groups when the Waldo Canyon fire struck the eastern flank of Queen's Canyon on June 26. More



Bighorn groups applaud recent decision
Lone Star Outdoor News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bighorn sheep caught a break recently when Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, withdrew his rider to the 2013 Interior Appropriations Bill. This amendment would have blocked the Payette National Forest from implementing the third and final phase of its management plan to separate bighorn sheep from domestic sheep on 6,800 acres of public land through grazing reductions. More

UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations underway
NRA-ILA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we recently reported, for nearly 20 years, the NRA has fought tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners. That fight has grown more intense lately, as the U.N. and global gun banners have markedly stepped up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty. More

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Chronic-wasting disease detected in West Texas
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas state wildlife officials said samples from two mule deer in West Texas proved positive for chronic wasting disease and are considered to be the first cases of the disease found in Texas deer. Both infected deer were taken from the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties. Officials said they believe the event is isolated in a remote part of the state near the New Mexico border. "Now that we have detected CWD in Texas, our primary objective is to contain this disease," said Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. More

TAHC now accepting comments on chronic wasting disease rule proposal
North Texas e-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Animal Health Commission is currently accepting public comments on a rule proposed at its June 5 meeting to amend Chapter 40, entitled Chronic Wasting Disease. The proposed rule will affect certain cervid species and delineates movement restriction zones and other necessary disease management practices related to the control of CWD in far west Texas. CWD has been discovered in mule deer in the Hueco Mountains of southern New Mexico, very near the Texas state line. More

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Olympic National Forest trail closed by goats
The Associated Press via Seattle Post Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Olympic National Forest has closed a trail near Hoodsport temporarily because of aggressive mountain goats. Officials say there were several encounters with aggressive goats on the Mount Ellinor Trail, 18 miles northwest of Hoodsport. The trail will be monitored, but there are no plans now to kill the animals. "Nobody has been hurt by the goats. But a number of people have felt threatened," said Stephanie Neil, recreation manager for the Hood Canal Ranger District of Olympic National Forest. More

California politicians give anti's a 'do-over,' to pass anti-hunting bill
Ammo Land    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee held a special hearing specifically to revote on Senate Bill 1221, a bill banning the hunting of black bears and bobcats using hounds. The Committee passed the bill by a vote of 8-4, with one abstention. This "do-over" comes just one week after the bill failed to earn enough votes to pass out of the Committee. Following the defeat, anti-hunting groups lobbied Committee Chairman Jared Huffman, D-Marin, to reconsider the bill and to hold another vote, giving them another chance to pressure reluctant legislators. More

Portion of growing lion population could face unlimited hunting
Wyoming Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Wallace Lyons, the trouble started two years ago. He'd known mountain lions roamed the rolling hills near his ranch. Like others near Hulett, Wyo., he'd seen the tracks and scat, but they seemed to leave him alone. Then bells he'd tied around his sheep weren't protecting them anymore. Coyotes stayed away, but mountain lions treated the ringing like a dinner call. In response to stories like this and others, Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists have proposed changing hunting areas in the Black Hills, even allowing unlimited hunting in one region. More

New Idaho laws affect hunters and anglers
Coeur d'Alene Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several new and changed Idaho laws took effect July 1 that will affect the state's hunters and anglers. More


 

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