WSF Mountain Minutes
Oct. 14, 2014

Washington to remove sick bighorn sheep
Northwest Public Radio
More of Washington's bighorn sheep have been infected with bacteria that cause pneumonia. The disease can sometimes wipe out entire herds. Wildlife managers are planning to remove several animals from one herd so that they don't infect other sheep. This type of bacterial pneumonia is highly contagious and often fatal to bighorn sheep.More

Money pours into Maine for bear hunting vote
The Associated Press via ABC News
A ballot question that could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting in Maine has outside groups pouring money into the state on both sides of the issue. The fundraising is taking place as both sides are intensifying campaigns for and against the Nov. 4 ballot measure. Television ads are airing and signs dot hundreds of street corners in the state.More

Big game hunting means big money for Colorado
The Associated Press via USA Today
Big game hunting means big money for businesses across Colorado as the state's nearly $1 billion hunting industry opened its first rifle season. It's now prime time for elk hunting as hunters don their camouflage and orange and go deep into the woods and their pockets to stalk big game. According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, hunters can spend thousands of dollars for guided trips from local outfitters, and nonresident hunters pay $600 for an elk license.More

Bighorn sheep survey shows decline
The Roundup
Results from this summer's bighorn sheep survey indicate the population in western North Dakota is lower than last year. State Game and Fish Department big game biologist Brett Wiedmann said the July-August survey showed a minimum of 287 bighorn sheep, down 4 percent from 2013. Results revealed 82 rams, 153 ewes and 52 lambs. More

San Gabriel Mountains designated a national monument
For the 13th time since taking office, President Barack Obama will use his executive powers to establish or expand a national monument, providing half of the San Gabriel Mountains in California with this designation. The move will place 350,000 acres of the 655,000-acre mountain range under federal protection, safeguarding habitat for endangered species such as the spotted owl and Nelson's bighorn sheep.More

New Arizona law allows transfer of big-game tags to disabled vets
White Mountain Independent
First exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War left Dale Lewis with heart problems. Then came a recent series of strokes that robbed him of the use of one arm and limited the mobility in his legs. The prospect of returning to his lifelong passion of hunting appeared bleak, but Lewis said he knew he'd hunt again. And he did, bagging an antelope in mid-September while his son and a friend propped him up.More

Ban on predator hunting in Alaska preserves sparks uproar
Environment & Energy Publishing
In the past decade, the National Park Service has objected to at least 50 proposals by Alaska wildlife officials to liberalize the killing of predators within national preserves, but to no avail. "We've gotten nowhere," said John Quinley, the Park Service's Alaska spokesman. Predator control, which aims to suppress numbers of bears, wolves and coyotes in order to boost prey species, including moose and caribou, is incompatible with the Park Service's mandate to preserve "natural ecosystems," including at its 20 million acres of national preserves in Alaska, NPS said. So about a month ago, the agency dropped a regulatory hammer.More

Fitness is a valuable hunting tool
As the weather cools and leaves change color, hunters of all ages start anticipating "the hunt" for trophy animals and for the opportunity to share their hunting stories. The hunt may require walking for miles, sometimes with a loaded backpack, carrying a weapon and wearing protective gear. Frequently hunters hike to a deer stand or blind for miles. The hunt requires hours of patience and concentration, waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger or release the arrow. If the hunt is successful, the next step involves dragging prey for miles. All of these activities require physical exertion and endurance. That's why fitness is one of your most valuable hunting tools.More

San Gabriel Mountains designated a national monument
For the 13th time since taking office, President Barack Obama will use his executive powers to establish or expand a national monument, providing half of the San Gabriel Mountains in California with this designation.More

10 best amazing American wildlife watching
USA Today
Have all those TV nature shows inspired you to see the real thing? With just a little planning, travelers can quite easily make their way to wildlife hotspots, says Jim Sano, a vice president with the World Wildlife Fund.More

Governor signs legislation, which will increase state wildlife funding
WSF - California Chapter
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation, which will now ensure maximum annual funding is made available to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife programs and projects from the sale of select big game hunting tags.More

Drop in deer harvest may put damper on hunting season
The Associated Press via Detroit Free Press
Deer hunters venturing into woods and fields for the start of firearms season in Michigan should encounter conditions similar to those of a year ago, when harsh winter weather took a toll. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says in its annual deer forecast that some areas may have fewer fawns and yearlings than usual because of this year's record low temperatures and above-average snowfall. More

Court rules in favor of tribes seeking night deer hunting
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of American Indian tribes seeking to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory of northern Wisconsin. The decision, released by the Seventh Circuit Court in Chicago, sends the case back to District Court in Madison.More