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August 21st 2014
Washington D.C. - Today, Zambian Tourism and Arts Minister, Jean Kapata, announced that the ban on hunting, which was enacted in January 2013, has been lifted. Safari Club International (SCI) and SCI Foundation maintained that the ban was counter-productive to the conservation needs of Zambia, and today’s decision should be heralded as a win for sustainable-use conservation.



“SCI and SCI Foundation commend Minister Kapata on his decision,” said SCI Foundation Joe Hosmer. “Like most range states, Zambia relies on hunting revenue for most of their conservation funding, so maintaining sustainable hunting is crucial to their wildlife’s survival.

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When the ban was initiated in January 2013, SCI and SCI Foundation immediately met with the Zambian government officials educating them on the commitment of the hunting community...
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August 18th 2014

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 302A
Washington, DC 20250

Dear Dr. Jacobs-Young:

On behalf of thousands of wild sheep conservationists, the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) provides these comments for the report which Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is preparing for Congress, concerning the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) in Dubois, Idaho.

Over the past decade or more, WSF and our Idaho and Montana WSF Chapters have closely followed and commented on activities conducted by USSES, including expressing serious concerns over domestic sheep grazing in high-elevation mountain allotments (both ARS and U.S. Forest Service [USFS] lands) in the Centennial Mountains, on and near bighorn sheep habitat along the Idaho/Montana border. In the recent past, WSF has...

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August 11th 2014
President of the Texas Bighorn Society, Kathy Boone traveled to San Antonio, Texas to receive the President’s award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  The award was presented to the Texas Bighorn Society by WAFWA president Carter Smith.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding wildlife organization.  Carter Smith is the Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife.  A quote from Carter Smith used in his presentation to the Texas Bighorn Society follows.

“Each year the WAFWA President gets to recognize an individual or entity for their exemplary contribution to fish and wildlife conservation in the west.  The award is the WAFWA President’s Award.  The past list of honorees has been a rather distinguished one.  This year as WAFWA President, the honor of recognizing an outstanding...
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July 28th 2014

Secretary Tom Vilsack Secretary Sally Jewell
U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Interior
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. 1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20250 Washington, DC 20240


Dear Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Jewell:

The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) and our North American network of Chapters and Affiliates are alarmed about potential threats to bighorn sheep and their habitats on Federal lands in your charge.

Over the past 40 years, WSF and WSF Chapters and Affiliates have raised and directed millions of private dollars into research on the diseases transmitted from domestic sheep and goats to bighorn sheep. Despite what should obviously result in a solution-driven response to the >100 peer-reviewed scientific publications on this problem, the federal policy response has lagged and appears stalled. This means...