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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:05 AM

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October 16, 2006

Groups Call for Lead Ban in California - Again
The Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Biological Diversity have once again called on the California Department of Fish & Game to ban lead ammunition throughout the range of the California condor, which encompasses nearly 2/3rds of the state. The request was made at a scoping meeting on hunting regulations on October 11th. The request specifically asks that California ?adopt new hunting regulations to require the use of non-lead ammunition for all game hunting in those counties that overlap with the range of the California condor.? SCI is studying recent scientific papers that discuss the link between condor mortality and lead ammunition and as always, will keep our members apprised of the situation.

SCI and Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance Will Defend Trapping in Minnesota

Safari Club International and the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance will be able to help defend against a lawsuit that challenges Minnesota?s trapping program in Canada lynx habitat. A Minnesota federal court has just approved SCI and MOHA's request to participate as ?amici curiae? (friends of the court) and to file legal briefs in the case. SCI and MOHA will argue against both finding that the trapping program ?takes? (defined under the ESA as to harm or kill) the Canada Lynx and forcing the State to end or alter the trapping program in areas where the lynx reside, primarily in northeast Minnesota. SCI and MOHA have also filed papers to gain amici status in a related case in the same Court, this one challenging Minnesota's trapping program as allowing ?take? of Canada lynx, bald eagle, and gray wolf, species found throughout Minnesota.

Study Says CWD Spread Through Blood, Saliva
?Researchers at Colorado State University released the results of a new study they say identifies blood and saliva as the carriers of the proteins that cause the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) among deer and other ungulates. The study results appear in the journal Science, and indicates that CWD might spread from animal to animal through mosquitoes and ticks, as well as when animals groom and lick each other.? For more on this story, visit http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/hunting...tory?id=2614565 . (Source: NAHC)

North Carolina to Allow Bear Hunting in Mountain Sanctuary
According to a news account, state fish and game officials are opening one of ten mountain sanctuaries to bear hunting for the first time since 1970. According to state representatives, the bear population is thriving and human bear interactions must be managed. ?The state has 233,000 acres of official bear sanctuary lands in coastal areas and 262,000 acres in the mountains. Statewide, there are an estimated 11,000 bears?. Hunting on the sanctuaries will be allowed Thursday through Saturday for an eight week period. (Source: AP)

Animal Rights Group Loses Lawsuit Appeal
?A state appeals court rejected an animal rights group's free-speech challenge Thursday to a lawsuit accusing the group of conspiring with protesters who harassed Chiron Corp. executives, vandalized their homes and bombed the company's Emeryville headquarters. The organization, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA, claimed Chiron's February 2004 suit for harassment and invasion of privacy was an attempt to stifle freedom of expression. But the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco said state laws against suits that interfere with free speech do not apply to illegal conduct. The court said there was ample evidence that the organization conspired with lawbreakers.? (Source: SFGate.com)
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