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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:40 PM
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January 31, 2007
Recognition for SCIF
Safari Club International Foundation has recently received recognition as a non-government organization (NGO) by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The ECOSOC is the only part of the United Nations that has a program for formal recognition of NGOs. This recognition gives SCIF rights and privileges elsewhere in the UN system. For one thing, it will help SCI to participate in the gun control discussions taking place under the mantle of the General Assembly. This new NGO recognition should also enhance SCIF?s credibility as a conservation organization and may in turn help with a new application for admission to the IUCN in a few years. Special thanks go to Tom Mason for his assistance in this process.
New Alliance in Conservation
?In a first-of-its-kind alliance that could fundamentally reshape the environmental movement, 20 labor unions with nearly 5 million members are joining forces with a Republican-leaning umbrella group of conservationists -- the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership -- to put pressure on Congress and the Bush administration. The Union Sportsman's Alliance, to be rolled out in Washington...after nearly three years of quiet negotiations, is to be a dues-based organization ($25 a year). Its primary goal is to increase federal funding for protecting wildlife habitat while guaranteeing access for hunters and anglers. The unlikely marriage of union and conservation interests comes at a time when the Bush administration, with its push for oil and gas drilling in the Rocky Mountain West, has limited public access to prime hunting and fishing areas on federal land. This has triggered a bipartisan backlash from sportsmen and conservation groups, as well as from Western politicians in both parties.? (Source: Washington Post)
Wolves to Finally be Delisted
?Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett announced [on Monday] that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing the western Great Lakes population of gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species and is proposing to remove the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from the list. The two separate actions are being taken in recognition of the success of gray wolf recovery efforts under the Endangered Species Act. ?Wolves have recovered in the western Great Lakes because efforts to save them from extinction have been a model of cooperation, flexibility, and hard work,? Scarlett said. ?This same spirit of collaboration has helped gray wolves in the Northern Rockies exceed their recovery goals to the point where they are biologically ready to be delisted. Gray wolves were previously listed as endangered in the lower 48 states, except in Minnesota where they were listed as threatened. The separate actions...affect the western Great Lakes wolf population, which has been delisted under the ESA, and the proposed delisting of the Northern Rocky Mountains population. Wolves in other parts of the 48 states, including the Southwest wolf population, remain endangered and are not affected by actions taken today.? The western Great Lakes delisting will be effective 30 days after publication of the rule in the Federal Register. The FWS will consider the northern Rocky Mountain delisting proposal over the next 12 months and will accept public comments for 60 days after publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. SCI has been involved in this process from the beginning and we will continue to keep you posted on its progress. (Source: FWS)
SCI/SCIF Support North Carolina Regulation of Mute Swans
Consistent with its involvement in successful litigation that supported the States' ability to manage the invasive and destructive mute swan, SCI and SCIF have submitted comments in support of North Carolina's proposed regulation of the species. The State proposes to carefully regulate the use and possession of mute swan to minimize the possibility of mute swan populations being established or increasing in the wild. Mute swans harass native waterfowl favored by hunters and can destroy aquatic environments. SCI will continue to monitor this situation.
Gunpoint Robberies Soar in U.K.?The number of robberies involving firearms jumped 10% last year, including a 9% rise in street robberies at gunpoint, official figures have revealed. Home Office statistics also showed a 46% leap in residential robberies involving a firearm in 2005/06. Criminals used guns in a record 645 cases of residential robbery in England and Wales ? up 204 on the previous year and four times the level recorded in 2000/01.The number of street robberies at gunpoint increased from 1,311 in 2004/05 to 1,439 last year. The overall number of gun robberies - including those which took place outdoors or targeted shops, garages, post offices, banks and homes - was 4,120 compared with 3,674 in the previous 12 months. Handguns were the most commonly used firearm in robberies, reported in 2,888 cases.? For more info, visit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-6370387,00.html (Source: The Guardian)
Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:41 AM
SCI is always working hard for hunters
Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:45 AM
I find some interesting things in each of them and some of these will affect these folks here - like the wolf thing in this one. :worry:
Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:51 AM
BY DENNIS LIEN
Hunted and harassed for a century, gray wolves capped a remarkable comeback Monday when the federal government removed them from the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Interior Department soon will transfer oversight of the animals to those states and to several American Indian bands with their own wolf-management plans.
It also recognizes one of the most successful efforts of the Endangered Species Act, which extended protection to gray wolves, also known as timber wolves, in 1974. Then, only a few hundred wolves still roamed northeastern Minnesota. Few, if any, remained in Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
Now, Minnesota has an estimated 3,020 wolves, Wisconsin 460, upper Michigan 430 and Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior 30 ? all above federal population recovery levels.
"Wolves have recovered in the western Great Lakes because efforts to save them from extinction have been a model of cooperation, flexibility and hard work," said Lynn Scarlett, deputy interior secretary.
Gray wolves have been listed as endangered in all lower 48 states except Minnesota, where they've been listed as threatened since 1978.
"It shows that the Endangered Species Act works,'' said Scott Elkins, state director of the Sierra Club's North Star chapter. "The flip side of that is we brought this species to the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states, and we could do so again if we aren't careful about how we continue to manage populations of this species.''
In anticipation of eventually getting management authority over wolves, Minnesota finalized a wolf-management plan six years ago.
Among other things, it will break the state into two zones ? the wooded northeast, where wolves are abundant, and the rest of the state, where they are less common.
In the northeast, property owners could kill wolves if they observed them stalking, attacking or killing livestock or pets. In the remainder of the state, property owners will have more discretion and could kill wolves if they considered them a threat to their animals.
"In Zone A, where wolves and landowners come into contact, the benefit of the doubt goes to the wolf,'' said Mike DonCarlos, wildlife research and policy manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Division of Fish and Wildlife. "In Zone B, it's a little more to the landowner.''
Under the Minnesota plan, there will be no public hunting or trapping for five years. Then, the DNR commissioner could propose a season, but only after an opportunity for public debate. The state's minimum population goal is 1,600 wolves.
Limited trapping of wolves responsible for attacks on livestock and pets would continue. About 100 to 150 of those wolves are trapped each year, DonCarlos said.
Unless lawsuits are filed, the management transfer will take place 30 days after the decision is published in the Federal Register.
In Monday's announcement, the agencies also proposed removing the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from the list, an action projected to take at least a year. Then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced wolf-delisting plans for the Great Lakes states in July 2004 on a visit to the Twin Cities.
The plan to hand wolf management back to the states was proposed in 1998, but federal red tape, legislative action and legal challenges have delayed the move until now.
Next month, another iconic creature, the bald eagle, is expected to be removed from the list of endangered species.
Even though gray wolf populations are increasing in Minnesota, there are no documented cases of wolves attacking or injuring anyone in the state, according to the DNR.
"Any wild animal can never be considered completely safe,'' said Walter Medwid, executive director of the International Wolf Center, based in Ely, Minn. "But Minnesota is perhaps the best example that people have lived with wolves in remarkable harmony overall for the last 30-odd years.''
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