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From the Field
Wild Sheep Foundation News
April 8th 2014
Cody, Wyoming, USA. April 7, 2014 – the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is pleased to announce that Gray Thornton has agreed to a five-year employment agreement to continue to serve as the Foundation’s President/CEO.
 
“Under Gray’s leadership the Foundation has continued to improve, with each year being better than the previous one,” Marc Hansen, WSF Chairman, stated.  “We are wrapping up a fantastic year; our 2014 convention set several new records including being the most profitable convention in WSF history; our fund raising campaign has exceeded all expectations with over $3,800,000 donated to date; our conservation efforts continue to expand with more than $3,950,000 directed towards mission programs this past year; and even more on-the-ground funding planned for 2014; our youth education and outdoor skills activities continue to...
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April 8th 2014

 

In response to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision on Friday, April 4, 2014 to unilaterally ban the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Tanzania, SCI President Craig Kauffman has sent a letter to Director Dan Ashe requesting that they immediately rescind the decision or risk losing elephants forever.  The text of the letter is below and a copy of the letter can be viewed here:  SCI President Craig Kauffman’s Response to USFWS Ban on Elephant Imports from Zimbabwe and...

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April 7th 2014

Fourteen years ago, I stood in the snow, struggling to digest what I had heard. A group of us, gathered to learn about monitoring and protecting wildlife habitat, had just discovered that our instructor—Sue Morse, founder of Keeping Track—was a deer hunter. I found the news disturbing. How could she work to safeguard the homes of animals she described as “neighbors” and then turn around and shoot one of them? I found it inconceivable that someone could be both an environmentalist and a hunter, a caretaker and a killer.

Today, I, too, am both. I understand that caring for animals and their ecosystems is not incompatible with participating in those systems as a predator. I recall how extreme the contradiction once seemed, but I now see how vital it is to bridge the gap.

Wildlife conservation faces serious challenges these days. Among other...

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April 4th 2014

Washington, D.C. – Statement By Safari Club International President Craig Kauffman
 
“Safari Club International’s advocacy team is alerting the international conservation community that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to soon announce a new policy to reject all elephant ivory imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. It is unknown precisely when the decision by the U.S. FWS will occur, but SCI will do everything in its power to fight this reckless decision that has no basis in law, science, or conservation policy.
 
“International hunters are the first line of defense for conservation, management, and anti-poaching throughout Africa. When wildlife has no value, it will most certainly be slaughtered indiscriminately. In 2003 trophy hunting generated $12 billion Zimbabwe dollars and accounted for...