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.



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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Federal Court Of Appeals Ruling Deals Blow To Wildlife Conservation

 

December 21, 2010

(Columbus, OH) -The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling which protected active wildlife conservation efforts on National Wildlife Refuge lands.

In 2007, environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) after the FWS had restored wildlife watering devices within the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona on lands designated as “wilderness areas.”  The watering devices are critical to the survival of bighorn sheep and other desert species.

The groups’ lawsuit claimed that the Wilderness Act prohibited the FWS from constructing the watering devices because the Act required that wilderness areas be left totally unaffected by human activities.

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