SCI “In the Crosshairs” e-Newsletter June 29, 2012

SCI Foundation Contributes $537,590 To Worldwide Wildlife Conservation Projects Over Last 6 Months

“Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) announced today that it has contributed $537,590 in the past six months to fund worldwide wildlife conservation projects. SCI Foundation strategically focuses funding towards research and management of large predators and their prey, including game species, principally throughout North America, Asia, and Southern Africa. ‘The research programs selected by SCI Foundation’s professional biologists inform wildlife managers and policy makers on critical wildlife management needs worldwide,’ said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer.” (Source: SCI Blog)


Safari Club Joins Supreme Court Battle Against Roadless Rule

“An Arizona-based sportsmen’s group has lent legal muscle to Wyoming’s petition for the Supreme Court to overturn a Clinton administration rule barring most road building and logging on nearly 60 million acres of national forests. Safari Club International, a group that has fought Endangered Species Act protections for wolves and grizzlies, said the 2001 rule has restricted access for hunters and barred forest officials from responding to natural and man-made disturbances harmful to wildlife. ‘The legality of the roadless rule impacts millions of users of our national forests, including members of SCI who hunt, conserve and otherwise enjoy the wildlife of our national forest system,’ the group said in a ‘friend of the court’ filing. John Whipple, president of SCI, said the roadless rule hampers the Forest Service’s ability to respond to weather changes, invasive species and predator-prey fluctuations that affect wildlife health, recreational use and access.” (Source: E&E News)


Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson Withdraws Bighorn Sheep Amendment to Interior Appropriation Bill

“June 27, 2012 – Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, has withdrawn his rider to the 2013 Interior Appropriations Bill. This amendment would have blocked the Payette National Forest from implementing the third and final phase of its management plan to separate bighorn sheep from domestic sheep on 6,800 acres of public land through grazing reductions. ‘Today, I’m calling for a ‘time out’ from the fighting and allegations – many of which are false’, said Chairman Simpson earlier today. ‘I got involved in this issue because I care deeply for our ranchers and for the tribes and sportsmen who work so hard on bighorn sheep conservation. I got involved to find a reasonable solution and tried to work with ranchers, hunters, and land management agencies to solve this problem.’” (Source: Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation)


Bill To Outlaw Hounds To Hunt Bears, Bobcats Fails In California

“The California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee today rejected SB 1221, the bill that calls for a moratorium on the use of hounds to hunt bears and bobcats in the state. The committee’s vote was one short of the necessary votes to pass it, but the bill is expected to move forward in amended form after a motion by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-Marin, the committee chair. ‘The bill is on call,’ Huffman said. ‘We’ll lift the call when others are present.’ Immediately after the bill failed, the Humane Society of the United States blamed two key lawmakers from Los Angeles, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, for not being present for the vote. With no hearings set for the summer, it will be some time before the bill is reconsidered, according to Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, who opposed the bill and was outspoken in his opposition. Assemblyman Jones of Santee said later by phone that he will continue to oppose the bill when it resurfaces in the committee. ‘I believe that U.S. citizens should have the right to enjoy the outdoors as long as they’re good stewards of the land,’ said Jones, who hunts and fishes.” (Source: U-T San Diego)


Google Shopping Bans Firearms, Knives, Ammunition From Site Listings

“Google has decided to block all gun, ammunition and knife advertisements from their shopping channel. These changes are effective July 1, but have been going into practice, much earlier. A search on the shopping channel for the keyword, ‘firearms’, yields no results as of today. Searches for ammunition or knives and a sampling of manufacturers’ names, likewise yielded no returns. However some products have slipped by the filter and are still in the channel’s inventory. It is only a matter of time before Google pits its deft army of offshore programmers against them, so this Examiner will not reveal any names.” (Source: Examiner online) Read the full article at


Idaho Task Force Suggests Ways To Protect Grouse

“BOISE, Idaho — A 16-member task force appointed by Gov. C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter to figure out a way to dissuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing sage grouse as an endangered species has submitted its recommendations to the governor. The Sage Grouse Task Force on Friday recommended limiting transmission lines, wind and solar energy plants and creating new measures for ranchers. The task force also recommends splitting Idaho’s sage grouse habitat into three zones. ‘The task force members have done a great job putting together options for protecting sage grouse without the draconian restrictions that would be required by an endangered species listing,’ Otter said. If Otter approves the document, it will be sent for consideration as part of the National Greater Sage Grouse Land Use Planning Strategy being developed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.” (Source:


Cougars Reverse 100-Year Decline

“Scientists have found that cougars, or American mountain lions, are re-emerging in areas of the United States, reversing 100 years of decline. The research, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, raises new conservation questions, such as how humans can live alongside the returning predators. ‘The cougar population declined dramatically from 1900, due to both hunting, and a lack of prey, leaving the remaining population isolated to the American west,’ said lead author Dr Michelle LaRue of the University of Minnesota. ‘Here we present the hard evidence that the western population has spread, with cougar populations re-establishing across the Midwest.’ Three main cougar populations exist in the Midwest centered around the Black Hills in South Dakota, however, cougars are venturing far outside of this range. One male cougar from the Black Hills was found to have traveled 2,900 km through Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York, before ending up in Connecticut.” (Source:


Wildfires Rage In Western States

“(CNN) — Hot, dry and windy conditions — which have fueled rampaging wildfires across Colorado and forced more than 10,000 people from their homes — will continue to plague the region through at least midweek. Red flag warnings are in effect across portions of 10 states, meaning ‘a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.’ The infernos prompted the evacuations of some 11,000 people in and around Colorado Springs on Sunday after the 3,600-acre Waldo Canyon Fire began there a day earlier. The Waldo Canyon Fire was 0% contained late Sunday. More than 13,000 residences are being threatened, although no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported, authorities said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized the use of federal funds to help fight the Waldo Canyon Fire after Colorado Springs and surrounding El Paso County declared an emergency, which allows them to receive state and federal aid. More than 70 firefighters were holding the line west of Colorado Springs, said Sunny Smaldino, spokeswoman for the city’s fire department. Forestry officials have 450 personnel committed to the blaze. Six other wildfires were active in the state, according to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. The largest of the fires was the High Park Fire, which began June 9 and has now consumed 83,205 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said. It was 45% contained Sunday. About 2,000 fire personnel were fighting the wildfire, located in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and more were expected later, emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost said. More than $29 million has been spent fighting the blaze, the Forest Service said. The other major fire was the 21,616-acre Little Sand Fire, burning on rugged, inaccessible terrain in the San Juan National Forest in southern Colorado. It was 31% contained Sunday.” (Source: CNN)


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