Wolf Settlement Denied

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.”The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is praising a judge’s denial of a proposed settlement over wolf delisting. RMEF also is renewing a call for Congress to rescue science-based wildlife management from the frivolous lawsuits that have kept the issue mired in court proceedings and bureaucracy for many years.

We’re pleased with Judge Molloy’s decision to deny this so-called settlement because it was just another stall tactica set-up for more legal challenges in the very near future, said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. [Read more…]

Review & Comments On Lolo Wolf Control

Peer reviews and public comments on Idaho Fish and Game’s proposal to reduce the number of gray wolves in the Lolo Elk Management Zone in north-central Idaho are available on the Fish and Game Website.

The proposal and comments are available at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Environmental Assessment of the proposal, which also is available for public review and comment at: http://www.fws.gov/idaho/graywolves/. The deadline for public comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is March 14.

Baucus-Tester Bill Falls Short of Addressing the Real Issue

MISSOULA, Mont. — A Congressional bill yesterday was introduced by Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester that calls for delisting of wolves in only Montana and Idaho, which leaves a call for Congress to fix the growing wolf delisting debate far short of an acceptable solution. Some 47 of America’s leading sportsmen and agricultural groups are calling for Congress to step-in and stop the overreaching and manipulating use of the Endangered Species Act to tie up wolf delisting in the courts.

The groups — including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Mule Deer Foundation, American Farm Bureau, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, National Sheep Industry Association, NRA and many others — recently endorsed two bills already in Congress, H.R. 509 and S. 249. Both bills would broadly remove unnecessary federal protections on fully recovered wolf populations and grant management authority to the states. [Read more…]

Renewing a Call for Congress to Delist Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—New data reveal a massive one-year decline in elk populations at ground zero of wolf restoration—Yellowstone—and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is renewing its call for Congress to delist wolves legislatively.

Reports also indicate that moose in the Yellowstone region are nearly nonexistent, adding even more urgency to the RMEF call for Congressional action.

RMEF President and CEO David Allen says two bills in Congress, a House version (H.R. 509) and a new Senate version (S. 249), hold the best promise. RMEF is asking lawmakers to remove unnecessary federal protections on burgeoning wolf populations and grant science-based wolf management authority to the states. [Read more…]

Success! We Killed Another Anti-hunting Measure

I just received this message from Big Game Forever, wanted to share it all of you.

Folks,

I want to thank each of you for your efforts over the last week in killing a very bad anti-hunting measure. This week, we were able to stop the inclusion of Senator Baucus’ language in the omnibus spending bill. This language was to be included in 1900 pages of the appropriations bill that hit the Senate yesterday. It appears that once introduced, this language would have passed through Congress without amendment. [Read more…]

Call the Montana Senators

I just received this email from the RMEF and after calling the two senators I would strongly encourage you to do the same. Wolves need to be delisted, if we would like to see the large numbers of ungulates that used to roam the west.

Thank you,
Winded Bowhunter

Dear RMEF Member,

Delisting of wolves continues to be considered by the U.S. Congress. [Read more…]

Public Meeting/Conference Call Regarding Wolf Management

The Idaho Fish and Game scheduled a public meeting/conference call regarding wolf management on December 8, 2010.

You can review this updated information here!

Tremendous developments in wolf delisting!

Some tremendous developments in wolf delisting have happened in the last several months. We are definitely entering a new stage in the battle to return wolf management to the people of the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and many other states across the country.

TWO bills have been introduced into Congress. H.R. 6028 in the House and S.3919 in the Senate. Both bills take wolves off the Endangered Species list nationwide and end the thoughtless years of litigation and technicalities which have been used to stop decisions by the Bush and Obama administrations to delist wolves. Many Senators, Congressmen, Republicans and Democrats across the country have come out in support of these important bills including the entire Congressional delegations of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, select Senators and Congressmen in Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Minnesotta, Wisconsin, Texas, Arkansas and other states. Thousands of Sportsmen from 47 states have signed the Big Game Forever wolf delisting petition.

The anti-sportsmen and anti-grazing forces are amassing to kill the bills. WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP in the coming weeks. Look for updates from Big Game Forever which will be coming by email. We will only send you emails for the most important developments and grass roots efforts.

Thanks for your ongoing efforts,

Ryan Benson,
National Director Big Game Forever
http://biggameforever.org
ryandbenson@msn.com

RMEF Urges Hunter Restraint Toward Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is urging hunters to continue their restraint and to not take wolf management into their own hands while afield this fall.

RMEF President and CEO David Allen also is thanking hunters in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming for their patience and sportsmanship over the years since wolf populations in those states have been fully restored but still federally protected.

Allen said, “We understand the growing frustration felt by sportsmen regarding wolves. We’re extremely frustrated, too. However, we ask hunters to avoid the temptation to solve this problem through ‘vigilante wolf management.’ The sporting community must continue to follow our time-honored tradition of legal, ethical hunting.” [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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