Helena Independent Record 12/13/2012
Excerpt: “MISSOULA — The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee wants to tiptoe quickly toward the idea of hunting its namesake bruin.
Roughly 1,600 grizzlies live in the mountains between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. All of them currently enjoy protection as threatened animals under the federal Endangered Species Act. IGBC’s mission is to get grizzly populations robust enough to shed that protection. And with that delisting comes the potential for bear hunts. …..”
Read entire article at http://helenair.com/news/local/state-and-regional/e31d0ffc-449d-11e2-9b04-001a4bcf887a.html
Alexandria Town Talk 12/4/2012
Excerpt: “The U.S. Forest Service on Monday withdrew — for now — its proposed ban of using dogs to hunt deer on the federal forest lands of Kisatchie National Park in Louisiana.
The ban, which the Forest Service has tried to implement since 2010, was to start with the eight-day dog-deer season that begins Thursday and lasts through Dec. 13. The Forest Service’s decision to retreat was announced by Katherine Vincent, an assistant U.S. attorney, who appeared at a hearing in Alexandria federal court. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20121204/NEWS01/212040310/Deer-dogs-back-U-S-Forest-Service-withdraws-ban-Kisatchie
Leesville Daily Leader 11/24/2012
Excerpt: “The Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance, LLC has filed for a temporary, preliminary and permanent injunction against Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Elizabeth Agpaoa, the Southern Regional Forester for the USDA, in an attempt to preserve dog-deer hunting on Kisatchie National Forest lands for the 2012-13 season.
Documents were filed in U.S. District Court on Nov. 16. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. ……”
Read entire article at http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/article/20121124/NEWS/121129878/-1/News
Helena Independent Record; 11/14/2012
Excerpt: “A statewide hunting group is asking Helena National Forest officials to not make any changes to elk security standards until they begin a new open, public process that includes more involvement of state biologists, outside peer review of any proposed changes and more information on what’s being considered.
Greg Munther, chairman of The Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and a former district ranger on the Lolo National Forest, said his organization is concerned that changes being developed for the elk security standards on the Lincoln and Helena ranger districts will actually make elk feel less secure and push them onto private lands. ……”
Read entire article at http://helenair.com/news/local/hunters-want-more-involvement-in-plan-to-change-elk-security/article_d70dd1e0-2eba-11e2-8eba-001a4bcf887a.html
Leesville Daily Leader 11/9/2012
Excerpt: “Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Forest Service has ruled that hunting deer with dogs will be prohibited in the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF), effective with the 2012-2013 hunting season. The decision is a federal action and overrules the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, which previously approved deer season dates for the KNF that included nine days in December 2012 for deer hunting with dogs …..”
Read entire story at http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/article/20121109/NEWS/121109678/-1/Sports
Tucson Sentinel 11/8/2012
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON – The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by conservation groups that aims to ban the use of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest.
The suit, filed in September against the U.S. Forest Service by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, says that spent lead ammo in the forest can poison condors and other birds there. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/110812_condor_lead_ammo/state-wants-court-dismiss-suit-that-would-ban-lead-ammo/
Cronkite News; 9/20/2012
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON – The Kaibab National Forest this week announced plans to let vehicles go off-road in part of the forest, a proposal that environmentalists fear will harm both wildlife and public land.
Under the plan announced Tuesday, the forest near Flagstaff would allow motorized vehicles to travel 30 feet from any open road. Campers and hunters in the North Kaibab Ranger District would have even more freedom, with campers allowed to go as far as 300 feet off-road and hunters able to drive freely on forest land. …”
Read entire article at http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2012/09/plan-to-let-vehicles-off-road-in-kaibab-forest-upsets-environmentalists/
Washington Post 9/16/2012
Excerpt: “Most wolves in the continental United States soon will be off federal assistance. For more than 300 years, trappers and settlers did their best to exterminate wolves, for their pelts and to protect livestock. They were so successful that only a few hundred gray wolves were left in the lower 48 states when they were listed as an endangered species in 1973.
Gray wolf populations in the West and Great Lakes region have rebounded so well under federal protection that they have come off the endangered list in both areas. Now the wolves are back, with roughly 6,000 in the contiguous United States and 7,700 to 11,200 in Alaska. …..”
Kansas City Star 9/8/2012
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — Conservation groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service to get a ban on lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest, where they say spent ammo is the leading cause of death for endangered condors.
The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Prescott, Ariz., by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, said spent lead ammo is poisoning condors as well as some other birds. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/07/3802816/environmentalists-sue-to-block.html
Summit County Voice 5/1/2012
Excerpt: “SUMMIT COUNTY —Wyoming officials are pressing ahead with their plan to kill most wolves living outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The state recently passed legislation and an amendment to its wolf management plan that’s close to gaining approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, triggering the final removal of Endangered Species Act protection for the predators.
The new law and plan would take effect later this year when wolves are removed from the federal endangered species list. The state wants to increase the area where wolves would be designated as predators and could be killed without limit; they also keep in place a trophy game management area, where hunting will be allowed to dramatically reduce wolf populations. ….”
Read entire story at http://summitcountyvoice.com/2012/05/01/wyoming-plans-to-kill-most-wolves-outside-yellowstone/