This was an especially egregious case of poaching, because the animals were killed at a time of the year when they are very vulnerable and concentrated on the winter range. The investigation showed that several more animals were wounded and never recovered.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the multi-agency committee responsible for grizzly bear recovery in the lower continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be holding their annual winter meeting in Missoula, Montana from December 9, 2014 – December 10, 2014.
The greater sage-grouse’s future is tied to the landscapes where we camp, hike, hunt and fish. The bird’s fate will be a barometer of fate of our public lands heritage and outdoor legacy,”
Their numbers have dwindled to fewer than 5,000 birds living primarily in Colorado’s Gunnison Basin. John Hickenlooper has vowed to sue Fish and Wildlife to block the protections. Without a listing in Oregon, he said, local conservation efforts will fall short of protecting the birds. But not all environmentalists are jeering the self-management approach.
Obama administration on Wednesday formally declared the Gunnison sage-grouse a “threatened” species, in effect ruling that years of efforts to protect the showy bird and its Colorado habitat weren’t sufficient to ensure its long-term survival. The federal move will limit oil and gas development in the 1.7 million acres of Colorado and southeast Utah where the chicken-like Gunnison sage-grouse lives and struts. The ruling by the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service is…
“We’re disappointed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes that extensive conservation efforts in Utah and Colorado aren’t sufficient enough to protect the species,” Sheehan says. “The USFWS hasn’t given many of these efforts the time needed to show the efforts work.”
“We’re living in a time when conservation and wildlife management are being challenged and the motives are not always what’s best for wildlife or people,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Bill Demmer. “Somewhere along the way we have lost the meaning of what conservation is and the full measure of its benefits. It has always meant wise and prudent use without waste. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, it means development as much as it does protection.”
The proponents of the ban received 97 percent of their donations from the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington, D.C., leading opponents to view Maine as a political battleground over hunting traditions.
Ranchers are furious that the state backed off in September without killing more of northeast Washington’s Huckleberry wolf pack. The state contracted with a federal government hunter to shoot up to four younger wolves. How much did this rancher and should others do proactively to avoid potential conflict?
Inland Fisheries Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock said the decision to send state biologists out to campaign came from Gov. He was one of two panelists chosen by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting to speak for its campaign in a television forum held by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and WCSH-TV. Ten years ago the number of black bears tagged by hunters averaged 3,700 annually.