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Reward offered for information on several elk poached in Pine, AZ

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PINE, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a $2,000 reward for information on elk that were poached near a residential community in Pine, about 15 miles northwest of Payson. Reports to the Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline over the past two months led wildlife managers to several elk that were shot in separate instances in the vicinity of Pine Canyon. The meat was left to waste. Not only were the animals were killed outside of the legal season, it is illegal and unethical to waste game meat in Arizona. Because the carcasses were found near residences, it is possible that someone saw the suspect leaving the area. “Poachers are not hunters; they are criminals who steal…

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Biologist to begin grizzly bear trapping in Yellowstone National Park

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BOZEMAN – As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the USGS and Yellowstone National Park would like to inform the public that biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) and Yellowstone National Park will be conducting scientific grizzly bear research operations in Yellowstone National Park from August 25th through October 30th. Team members will bait and trap bears at several remote sites within Yellowstone National Park. Once trapped, the bears are anesthetized to allow wildlife biologists to radio-collar and collect scientific samples for study. All trapping and handling are done in accordance with strict protocols developed by the IGBST. None of the…

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The Verdict Is In: State Management Plans Work

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Verdict Is In: State Management Plans Work Fmr. Federal BLM Director Warns of ‘Federal Unilateralism’ Preaches ‘Stewardship of Federal Lands’ to Protect Sage-grouse May 19, 2015                                                              Contact: drew@biggameforever.org                                                                                                                      (703) 535-3390   National Desk: Ryan Benson, President of BigGame Forever, released the following statement following this morning’s U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing on “Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse”: “Chairman Rob Bishop and members of the House Committee on Natural Resources deserve to be commended for exploring the most effective means possible of achieving Sage-grouse conservation,” Benson said. “The insightful commentary offered by state management officials shed important light on the effectiveness of state-led species conservation across nearly 165 million acres of western…

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For Immediate Release: State Management Works

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   BigGame Forever: State Management Works Sporstmen Org Applauds Rep. Bishop for Local Solutions Hearing on Sage-grouse   May 18, 2015                                                                                                          Contact: drew@biggameforever.org (703) 535-3390   National Desk – On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET in Washington, D.C., the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a hearing on “Empowering State Management of Greater Sage-grouse”. Ryan Benson, President of BigGame Forever, released the following…

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