ISSUES

As we identify key issues, the Arizona Elk Society will provide more background information and a sample letter to enable our members and others to voice their position to the decision makers on that issue.

The Arizona Elk Society, in support of our mission, is committed to:

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  • Conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat in Arizona.
  • Protecting and promoting our hunting heritage.
  • Promoting sound wildlife management and habitat through partnering with government agencies and other organizations.
  • Implementing special programs for youth education regarding conservation, hunting and outdoor activities.
  • Informing the general public about issues concerning wildlife conservation, as well as scientific and biological wildlife and habitat management.



Board recommends 3 candidates to governor for Game and Fish Commission appointment

Nov. 12, 2013

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board has forwarded the names of three candidates to Gov. Jan Brewer for her consideration in making her 2014 appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

James R. Ammons, George Z. Taylor and William "Don" Martin were selected from five candidates who were interviewed by the board at its public meeting on Nov. 8 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. The five who were interviewed were chosen from an initial slate of 21 applicants previously considered by the Appointment Recommendation Board at its Oct. 29 public meeting. View the board's letter at www.azgfd.gov/board

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Application deadline for 2014 spring hunts is Oct. 8

Elk online draw

Please note: Hunting licenses for this draw are available for purchase only online, at AZGFD offices, or through the draw process; they are not available at license dealers for this particular draw

Hunters are reminded that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 spring draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear isTuesday, Oct. 8, by 7 p.m. (MST).

Applications can be submitted using the online service, or paper applications can be hand-delivered to any of the seven department offices located statewide in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa or Phoenix, or mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. Mailed applications must be received by the deadline; postmarks don't count.

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AES Mexican Wolf USFWS Stakeholder EIS Scoping Comments

September 19, 2013

Subject: Scoping comment for Environmental Impact Statement on pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to revise the rule establishing the Mexican wolf in Arizona-New Mexico as a nonessential experimental population

To Whom It May Concern:

As concerned stakeholders, we write to you regarding U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) efforts to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on revision of the 1998 nonessential experimental population rule (10(j) Rule) for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). We are particularly concerned that the EIS address the full range of issues associated with Mexican wolf recovery as well as reintroduction, and that it reflect the fact that recovery and delisting cannot be achieved without substantive progress in and contribution from Mexico. At best, Mexican wolf historical range in the United States is just a small fraction, perhaps only about 10 percent, of the historical range, the rest of which is in Mexico.

Comment period extended for proposals affecting Arizona’s Mexican wolf population

Sept. 6, 2013

PHOENIX — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced a 45-day extension to the comment period for both the proposed revision to the Mexican wolf’s 10(j) nonessential experimental population rule and the proposed rule to delist gray wolves in the U.S. with an accompanying proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies of gray wolf.

The new deadline for public comment on both of these proposed rules is Oct. 28, 2013.

Those interested in submitting comments on either proposed rule should submit comments to the Service; see www.fws.gov/graywolfrecovery062013.html for more information. The comment period deadline for these two proposed rules is different than the comment and public scoping period deadline associated with the development of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the newly proposed 10(j) rule for Mexican wolf. The scoping/comment deadline for the draft EIS is Sept. 19, 2013.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be submitting comments on both proposed rules that will appropriately address feedback it receives from its constituents. One point of interest for the state and its residents is that the Service has proposed to hold public meetings on the proposed 10(j) revisions only in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, Calif. and Albuquerque, N.M., and not in Arizona where a large portion of the Mexican wolf’s Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area lies. The department is undertaking efforts with some stakeholders to help rectify these public scoping deficiencies with the Service.

More information on the comment period extension, proposed rules and how to submit comments is available at www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073 and Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056.

The Mexican wolf reintroduction program began in 1998. The 2012 year-end population count showed a minimum of 75 wolves roaming Arizona and New Mexico, up from 58 wolves in 2011.

To learn about the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s role in the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction, visit www.azgfd.gov/wolf.

Stakeholder concerns about pending Service proposals to delist gray wolves, and relist the Mexican wolf

August 25, 2013

Stakeholder concerns about pending Service proposals to delist gray wolves, relist the Mexican wolf, revise the rule establishing the Mexican wolf in Arizona-New Mexico as a nonessential experimental population and to draft an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed revision to the Mexican wolf nonessential experimental population rule.

AES Comments on Environmental Impact Statement relative to the issue of Motorized Travel Management on the Tonto National Forest

March 4, 2013

Gene Blankenbaker
Forest Supervisor
Tonto National Forest
2324 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85006

The Arizona Elk Society, P. O. Box 190, Peoria, Arizona 85380, is providing these comments to assist the Forest Service in developing an appropriate Environmental Impact Statement relative to the issue of Motorized Travel Management on the Tonto National Forest. On February 2, 2012, the AES provided comment on the EA relative this issue, which you have on file.

Deciding how to manage our national forest is challenging; a fact we recognize. Parts of Society want few regulations on appropriate uses of the forest, while the polar opposite viewpoint wants highly restricted management that precludes many of the uses that currently are practiced. Effective management lies somewhere in between.

The position of the AES is that traditional uses of the forest should be allowed unless there is a measurable adverse impact on the natural community of the forest. We believe the management focus should be on the maintaining or enhancing resource values and maintaining traditional uses and use areas should remain as they have been managed unless resource degradation dictates otherwise. For those that want the wilderness experience, there are millions of acres in Arizona that are managed thusly, including many areas on the Tonto. The law of the land dictates multiple uses on forestlands unless designated otherwise by law or Executive Order.