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Some contact information in case you want to write our government and let them know we don’t think this is ok:

  • Governor Sandoval: http://gov.nv.gov/Contact/Email-the-Governor
  • Cory Hunt, Governor’s liaison to Wildlife Commission & NDoW, CTHunt@gov.nv.gov
  • Tony Wasley, Director of NDoW: TWasley@NDoW.org
  • Senator Aaron Ford (author of the 2013 bill intended to increase regulation): Aaron.Ford@Sen.State.nv.us
  • Jeremy Drew, Chairman, Wildlife Commission, and trapping advocate, fshngme@aol.com
  • David McNinch, Wildlife Commissioner & trapping committee chair, DavidMcninch@att.net

SAGE GROUSE HUNTING: MAKES SENSE OR NOT SO MUCH?

Click here Sage-grouse Hunting in Nevada

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Here is how the Nevada Department of Wildlife defends sage grouse hunting.  It claims that those few thousand birds killed each years by hunters would have died anyway or have left things better for those that remain. (Compensatory mortality).  Yet, if one raven takes one sage grouse egg from a nest, it’s like a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan and starting a hurricane of destruction in the Atlantic.(Additive Mortality)  Makes no sense.  Time to stop sage grouse hunting in Nevada.  It’s the right thing to do.

 

Coyotes/Mountain Lions killed vs Mule Deer Numbers 2000-2013

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Coyotes and mountain lions have been killed in Nevada for many years in a forlorn hope that their deaths will “create” more mule deer for sportsmen to kill. Many sportsmen  believe, erroneously, that predators determine prey numbers instead of the other way round.  In the past dozen years, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has spent over $5 million to kill these animals (and poison ravens to “create” sage grouse).  Here are numbers reflecting the total annual kill of coyotes and mountain lions, statewide, from all causes for each year alongside NDOW’s official estimate of the mule deer population in this state.  You can decide whether sportsmen are “out to lunch” on this issue.

Click NDOW Coyotes Lions Killed vs Mule Deer Numbers 2000 – 2013

Feeding Russia’s and China’s Fur Fixation

American trappers make a killing with bobcat pelts

from Takepart, by Taylor Hill, April 16, 2015

International trade is fueling California’s bobcat fur demand, but pressure from conservation and citizen groups is pushing the state to look at an all-out prohibition on commercial bobcat trapping. The act came about after it was discovered that trappers were ambushing bobcats on private land and in areas just outside Joshua Tree National Park. The public outcry played a role in pressuring the state to move quickly on the issue.

But as things often go in politics, by the time Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, it had been workshopped into an amended semi-ban on bobcat trapping—creating no-trapping zones around national parks and wildlife refuges but allowing it elsewhere. In other words, the trapping problem near Joshua Tree had been solved, but much of the rest of the state was still fair game.

That’s allowed commercial trappers to keep making a pretty penny selling pelts overseas, thanks in part to growing demand in China and Russia. Today, bobcat pelts are fetching between $200 to $600 for just one clean, white belly fur hide—quite an increase from the $78 a bobcat pelt fetched as recently as 2009.

Those rising pelt prices fueled a 50 percent increase in California bobcats killed in 2012 compared with the previous year, resulting in 1,813 bobcats taken from the wild.

Now only a year and a half after the passage of the bill, wildlife officials are once again getting an earful from the public, with conservation groups and citizens calling for the full ban to be instated—and an end to the pelt trade for one of the last U.S.-based species of wildcat still for sale on the international market.

At a state Fish and Game Commission meeting last week, officials reviewed their options and heard from the public on the bill: Around 40 people spoke in support of a total ban, with only four members speaking against it.

“Right now, the fate of bobcats is tied to the rise and fall of its fur prices in the international market, instead of a science-based plan,” said Brendan Cummings, senior counsel for the conservation group Center for Biological Diversity.

Click HERE for original and complete article.