Outdoors Groups Rally Around California Fish and Game Commissioner

Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission and an avid angler, hunter and friend to sportsmen and women, is being unfairly attacked by extreme environmental and animal rights organizations for taking part in a legal hunt in Idaho. While hunting cougars may not be licensed in California, it is both legal and well-managed in Idaho.

But what is the real issue here? The organizations leading the charge against Richards have a much broader agenda.

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On Poaching in South Africa

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, February 22, 2012, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” aired a detailed segment on rhino poaching in South Africa. Because the price of rhino horn has increased dramatically over the past few decades, statistics show poachers killed nearly 450 rhinos last year. In 2012 alone, poachers have killed one rhino every 18 hours. Read more

Montana Group Wants Predator Bounties

Some Bitterroot Valley, Montana livestock producers are gathering signatures on a  petition to allow the county to institute a bounty they believe would create a  wide-open season on wolves and mountain lions in Ravalli County.

The bounty would pay $100 for a wolf or mountain lion and $20 for a wolf pup  or mountain lion kitten. Coyotes will bring $5 for an adult and $2.50 for a  pup.  More here…

QDMA Urges Hunters in Seven States to Oppose Deer-Breeding Legislation

BOGART, Ga. – The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is urging hunters in seven states to oppose the expansion of the deer-breeding industry, which QDMA perceives as a growing threat to wild deer and the deer-hunting heritage. Legislation designed to loosen or dismantle regulatory barriers to white-tailed deer breeding and farming is being considered in Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Read more

Birders Say Wind Eagle Take Permit Not Justified

Washington — American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, has sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) voicing strong concerns about the first-ever application for a special permit that would allow Golden Eagles to be incidentally killed.

Golden Eagle by Glen Wunderlich

The proposed “incidental take permit,” submitted under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, would allow Oregon’s West Butte Wind Project to kill, harm, or disturb up to three Golden Eagles over five years, as long as certain conservation measures were implemented.

ABC’s letter charges that the data upon which an FWS decision would be based are markedly deficient, and that the federal government is not meeting standards prescribed in its own regulations published less than three years ago. ABC also cites emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, between senior Department of Interior staff casting doubt on the whether the project could ever be safe for birds, including Golden Eagles. Read more

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