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.



Public Meeting and Webcast Set to Discuss Proposed Changes to Rules for Lawful Methods of Take of Wild Mammals, Birds and Reptiles

PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a public meeting and webcast on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., to discuss proposed changes to rules for lawful methods of taking wild mammals, birds and reptiles. The meeting will be held at the Game and Fish headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix and will be webcast at www.azgfd.gov/webcast. 

The department proposes to amend R12-4-304 to implement recently passed legislation and increase hunter opportunity by expanding allowable methods for the take of wild mammals, birds, and reptiles. Amendments are also proposed to make the rule less restrictive, increase clarity, and improve consistency with other subsections of the rule.

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Mexican authorities released five Mexican wolves in Sonora, Mexico

We have learned through Arizona Game and Fish that Mexican authorities released five Mexican wolves in the San Luis Mountains in Sonora, Mexico, on Oct. 12, 2011, approximately 80 miles south of Douglas, Ariz.

Mexico’s desire to release wolves in Sonora as part of its recovery effort has been known for the past two years, although the exact timetable for release was unknown.

“Mexico is a sovereign nation with its own wildlife conservation and recovery goals. The vast majority of historic habitat for the Mexican wolf is actually in Mexico, and long-term full recovery of the sub-species is incumbent on successful recovery there, as well as our recovery efforts in the U.S.,” said Larry Voyles, director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Game and Fish will continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how the wolves will be monitored and managed if animals cross the international border.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been actively involved in the multi-agency effort to reintroduce Mexican wolves to portions of their historic range in the east-central portion of Arizona (and adjacent New Mexico) for many years. In 1998, 11 captive-reared Mexican wolves were released into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA) in eastern Arizona.

The current population in Arizona-New Mexico was assessed to be approximately 50 animals during 2011 monitoring. The Mexican wolf is considered endangered in the United States and Mexico.

Game and Fish continues to express concern over the lack of progress in aspects of wolf conservation.

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Uranium Mining in Northern Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Jim Stipe, Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, 602-234-8779
Tom Mackin, Arizona Wildlife Federation, 480-644-0077
Steve Clark, Arizona Elk Society, 602-885-0835 (cell)

Sportsmen to Salazar: Protect Wildlife Habitat from Uranium Mining

Arizona Sportsmen Urge Extension of Moratorium on New Mining Near Grand Canyon

Phoenix, Ariz. (February X, 2011) – The Bureau of Land Management today released a draft environmental impact statement about the potential effects of – and proposed actions for addressing – new uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. Sportsmen are urging U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to extend the temporary, two-year moratorium on new uranium mining on one million acres of public lands surrounding the national park.

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Game and Fish Updates on Mexican Wolf

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been informed that Mexican authorities plan to release five Mexican wolves this month at an undisclosed ranch location in northeastern Sonora, Mexico.

While the department does not know the specific date or other details at this time, it has received indications that the wolves being released will be fitted with satellite tracking collars.

Game and Fish is currently considering what, if any, impacts this release might have on Arizona’s Mexican wolf conservation and stakeholders. The department will continue to monitor activities related to the planned release and will continue to inform constituents as information becomes available.   Read the entire article from the AZG&F

For the Month of August 2011 we received the following report on the Arizona Wolf Reintroduction Project:

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Game and Fish asks Congress to delist the Mexican Wolf

ARIZONA — In a letter sent to Senators John McCain and Jon Kyle and Congressman Trent Franks, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission stated, “…it is beyond time to try a different approach to Mexican wolf conservation.”Karen Warnick – The Independent

At a lengthy public session on Dec. 4, the Commission voted four to one to support Congressional actions to de-list the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Commission wants the burden of the program to fall to the States, Tribes and willing supporters such as wildlife organizations, hunters, and ranchers.

“The vote reflects the fact that we do not want to get out of the wolf conservation business; rather, we want to get in deeper but more affordably, efficiently and effectively,” stated the letter.

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What's Wilderness? Bush-era Curbs are Repealed

Interior chief reverses 2003 policy against protections not approved by Congress

DENVER — The Obama administration on Thursday undid a Bush-era policy that curbed some types of wilderness designations within the 245 million acres managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

While Congress remains the only body allowed to create "Wilderness Areas," the move gives BLM field managers the go ahead to protect areas determined to have "wilderness characteristics."

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