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.

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 Bush-era Curbs are Repealed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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