Despite a seemingly slow start Monday and a ban on hunting bears on state-owned land, the harvest numbers on opening day of New Jersey’s black bear archery hunting season are up slightly from last year.
Today, the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, Safari Club International and Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation filed a legal challenge to New Jersey’s ill-advised closure of state lands to the upcoming black bear hunt.
California Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. vetoed a bill that would have prevented hunters from possessing and in some cases importing the named African species in the bill, including parts and products, lawfully harvested in Africa.
The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, Safari Club International and Sportsmen’s Alliance have joined forces to challenge New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy’s executive order to close state lands to an ongoing legal and scientifically backed black bear hunt. NJOA, SCI and the Sportsmen’s Alliance will file suit in New Jersey state court.
On September 24th, a Montana federal district court vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) rule delisting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bears. The court’s ruling means that the GYE grizzly bear population returns to threatened status and that Wyoming and Idaho must cancel their planned grizzly bear hunts. It also means that this population will continue being managed by the federal government, rather than the state agencies that have worked diligently with stakeholders to recover and conserve this population.
Greg Sheehan, principal deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has announced he will leave his position and return to his home in Utah.
“I had the privilege of getting to know Greg while serving on the International Wildlife and Conservation Council, and in other venues,” said Safari Club International President Paul Babaz. “I know I speak for all SCI members when I say we appreciate Greg’s common-sense approach to wildlife management and his support of the hunting community. We all wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Safari Club International supports major proposed revisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to its Endangered Species Act regulations that were announced today.
“Today’s announcement ushers in a major move forward for the FWS. At long last, we have leadership that recognizes the importance of flexibility in the conservation of federally listed wildlife and the recognition that different approaches, including sustainable use, can be used to recover and sustain the world’s wildlife,” said SCI President Paul Babaz.
The Humane Society of the United States doesn't let facts get in the way of anti-hunting propaganda meant to mislead the public about hunting in Alaska even when their venom taints practices of Native Alaskans and subsistence hunters in the process.
In a recent blog, HSUS claimed, based on a poll they apparently paid for, that most Alaskans oppose recent proposed changes there that roll back oppressive Obama-era regulations and put management of wildlife squarely in the hands of the state, where it belongs.
Safari Club International and hunters fight criminal poaching of wildlife resources. Anti-hunters do not.
Anti-hunters enable criminal poaching. By being aware of the problem and doing nothing about it, antis are responsible for the criminal slaughter of animals they falsely profess they want to save.
When it comes to saving wildlife in wild places, humans are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Anti-hunters are the problem. SCI and hunters are the solution.
Dr. Chris Comer is Safari Club International Foundation’s new Director of Conservation. He is located in the Washington, D.C.
Chris comes to SCI Foundation from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he was the R.E. Minton Distinguished Professor of Forest Wildlife Management.
He joined SFA immediately after completing his Ph.D., studying white-tailed deer ecology and management at the University of Georgia in 2005.