MDF Funds Over $1.1 Million in Utah Habitat and Research Projects

Mule Deer FoundationSalt Lake City, Utah: Today the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced that it was providing over $1.1 million for habitat projects and mule deer research in Utah. The funding is generated from the sale of Utah Conservation Permits (Governor’s Tags) and money raised from the 200 Big Game Tag drawing held at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City in February. The $1.1 million sets a record for the amount of money a wildlife conservation group has contributed to the Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative since its inception in 2005 in a single year. [Read more…]

Conservation Groups Urge Stop to Wolf Negotiations

MISSOULA, Mont.—In a letter to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Joe Maurier, conservation organizations are urging state officials to stick with science in determining adequate populations of gray wolves, rather than negotiating with environmental and animal rights groups to allow surplus populations.

The agency is currently negotiating a settlement with the 13 groups who sued to keep gray wolves federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.

These negotiations potentially threaten to weaken the state’s authority to manage populations of game and non-game species, presenting a dangerous precedent for other states seeking to manage wolf populations through their respective state agencies.
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Groups Step Up To Auction Big Game Licenses

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently selected four organizations to auction the 2010 bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk and deer hunting licenses. The annual hunting-license auctions raise funds for big game management efforts in Montana.

The Wild Sheep Foundation will conduct the bighorn-sheep license auction at its annual convention set for Feb. 4-6, 2010 in Reno, Nev.   Earlier this year, the high bid for the 2009 bighorn sheep license was $245,000. The Wild Sheep Foundation has a long history of hosting the auction license and for assisting states with wild sheep management, including financial assistance with the production of Montana’s first bighorn sheep conservation strategy. [Read more…]