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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region have recovered and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Salazar said. “Thanks to the work of our scientists, wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are now fully recovered and healthy.” To read the U.S> Department of the Interior’s official press release click here.
SFW’s Fulfillment Board donates $609K to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for 65 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects completed in fiscal year 2011. These projects consist of habitat enhancement, water projects, highway mortality studies/fencing, mule deer and bison studies. These projects were done throughout all five regions in Utah.
Conservation Permits and Cooperative Wildlife Management Units – Beneficial
Read the Utah Auditor General’s November 2011 Performance Audit of The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, specifically Chapter IV: Conservation Permits and Cooperative Wildlife Management Units Appear Beneficial
On December 2, 2011 Arizona Fish and Game commission released official documents, which would mandate wolf proliferation across the Southern Rockies and into Texas. The documents have been confirmed by several sources, including a regional director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service testifying at Friday’s Arizona Fish and Game Commission hearing.
Despite denials by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding these plans, these plans are moving forward. This official “draft” was released for official comment by members of the wolf recovery team in the last couple of weeks. In the wake of criticism by western states, USFWS’ national director accused states of “mischaracterizing” the Southern Rockies wolf plans. These leaked documents confirm that the criticism of these plans by western states were well founded. It is apparent that USFWS is moving to dramatic increases in wolves across the entire Southern Rockies and into Texas.
These plans are dangerous. These plans do not protect wildlife. These plans do not protect livestock. These plans would violate well-established limitations on federal authority. These plans are based on a dramatic overreaching.
You can help stop these plans from being forced on the good people of the Western United States by visiting www.BigGameForever.org and signing the petition.