Wolf Management Update- Now Is The Time!

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by Scot E, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    Gents,

    I received this e-mail from Ryan Benson of BigGameForever.org and thought I would pass it along and ask for your help. Now is the time to act on this as there is now a house and senate bill with over 30 cosponsors in 16 states ready to push to have wolf management done by the States.

    Read below then visit this site. [FONT=&quot]http://biggameforever.org/takeaction[/FONT] It takes less than a minute to send a pre-written letter to all of your state representatives or you can write your own and send it.

    Thanks in advance,

    Scot



    [FONT=&quot]Sportsmen of America,[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Today a monumental step forward was made in the wolf delisting effort. Congressman Denny Rehberg (R) Montana and Congressman Jim Matheson (D) Utah sent the attached “Dear Colleague Letter” [pdf] asking every Congressman to support the American Big Game and Livestock Protection Act H.R. 509 and S.249.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Currently these bills have 30 house and senate cosponsors from 16 states. The letter strongly states, “We strongly feel that Congressional action is the only way to protect our rights to responsibly manage wildlife by avoiding further litigation.” We expect many more cosponsors and “yes” votes in the coming weeks.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The anti-hunting groups are sending thousands of emails to defeat this important legislation. Let’s show our Senators and Congressmen the support of 65,000,000 American Sportsmen. Get in the fight. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]It only takes 30 seconds to send an email to your entire Congressional delegation using our automated system. Its quick, its easy and its free. Simply visit http://biggameforever.org/takeaction and click on the button “Take Action.” With some basic information, the system will automatically email your representatives in Congress.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Ryan Benson,[/FONT]
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    http://biggameforever.org
    ryandbenson@msn.com[/FONT]
     
  2. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    I am going to bump this from time to time. This needs our attention guys!
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Done!! Forwarded it to a few friends!!!
     
  4. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
     
  5. cowboy

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    Meanwhile: The heat is starting to be put back on the fuzzy huggers. Montana submitted their request to the Fed's about 2 months after Idaho.

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have signaled their preliminary approval for Idaho's petition to kill up to 60 endangered gray wolves from packs that have been preying heavily on big game herds in the upper Clearwater River Basin.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a draft environmental review Thursday in which it proposed to approve a wolf hunt plan in the Lolo zone that had been submitted last August by Idaho Fish and Game. A similar petition from Montana — to remove 12 wolves in the Bitterroot Range — remains pending.
    Wolves in the Northern Rockies are listed as an endangered species under a federal court order, but state and federal officials have been looking for ways to curb their population.
    The Idaho and Montana hunt proposals stem from a 2008 rule change by the Fish and Wildlife Service that allows states to remove wolves if they are harming deer or elk herds. Federal officials must sign off on the any proposed hunts following a scientific review.
    The rule is under a court challenge by wildlife advocates. A hearing in the case is set for next month in Missoula, before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy.
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials stressed Thursday that a final decision on Idaho's plan has not been made. But the federal agency's Idaho supervisor, Brian Kelly said state officials "seem to have provided pretty good data that wolves are a factor" behind declining elk populations in an area known as the Lolo zone.
    "They've tried more liberal hunting seasons on other predators like black bears and mountain lions. They've tried habitat improvements, changes in the hunting framework for elk — and they're still not seeing a response" in terms of elk numbers rebounding, Kelly said.
    The environmental review published Thursday opens a 30-day comment period. Kelly said it could be weeks or months before a decision is made.
    Officials in Wyoming also want to reduce wolf numbers in their state, but only Montana and Idaho have federally approved management plans for the species.
    Wolves across most of the Northern Rockies are considered an "experimental, non-essential" population because they were reintroduced in the mid-1990s instead of naturally colonizing the area.
    That designation gives federal officials wider latitude to kill wolves that cause problems, and also allows livestock owners to kill wolves when their animals come under attack.
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  6. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    Got to love the wording these yahoo's use. Pretty good Data?

    How about these numbers?

    Big Game Population Statistics

    Lolo Elk Herd, Idaho

    Before Wolf Introduction: 20,000
    After Wolf Introduction: 1,700
    Yellowstone Elk Herd

    Before Wolf Introduction: 20,000
    After Wolf Introduction: 6,500
    Jackson, WY Shiras Moose

    Before Wolf Introduction: 1,200
    After Wolf Introduction: 120
    Gallitan Valley Elk Herd

    Before Wolf Introduction: 1,500
    After Wolf Introduction: 200


    Guys, Don't think this isn't going to affect you just because you don't live in the West. It is coming your way too!
     
  7. sendero72

    sendero72 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the heads up....message is on it's way!
     
  8. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    Here is the latest update.

    [FONT=&quot]Thank you for spreading the word on wolf delisting under H.R. 509 and S. 249 The American Big Game and Livestock Protection Act. In just the last 2 weeks we have seen 4 times the number of emails sent to Congress using BGF's auytomated system than we have seen in the previous 4 months. These emails have come from 49 different states.
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    [FONT=&quot]Congress is responding to your requests. We now have 47 cosponsors from 26 states. Your emails are making a significant difference. We will continue to work tirelessly in Washington D.C. to educate Congress and bring on more cosponsors to the bill.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Big Game Forever has now sent 15,000 emails. Defenders of Wildlife has sent 65,000 from their supporters in L.A., Chicago and New York. If each of us can get the word out to 10 friends, we will pass them this week. Remember, 65,000,000 sportsmen cannot be ignored. We just need to get off the sidelines and into the fight.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Our simple request: Ask 10 friends to go to http://biggameforever.org/takeaction and click on the “take action” button. It only takes 30 seconds to email your entire Congressional delegation and Secretary Salazar using the Big Game Forever automated system. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Working together we can protect America’s elk, moose and deer for future generations.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Ryan Benson,[/FONT]
    http://biggameforever.org
    ryandbenson@msn.com[/FONT]