WSF Applaud’s Zinke Confirmation
March 1, 2017
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Bozeman, Montana – March 1, 2017: The Wild Sheep Foundation, the international leader in the conservation and restoration of wild sheep, applauds the confirmation of U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
"What impresses and encourages us most about Secretary Zinke is his personal commitment to U.S. federal lands. We look forward to having a champion of this cause in government. These lands compose more than 90% of the range of sheep and the opportunity to hunt them. WSF will not yield in ensuring that the United States has a robust estate of federal public lands for its entire future. We are proud to have a distinguished American at the Department of Interior to work with,” said Gray N. Thornton, President & CEO.
“The bipartisan vote in the Senate also encourages us that productive politics is still possible on conservation issues. We know that the multiple-use mandate in conservation has been a rough slog through endless litigation and political gridlock in recent years. We have hope that with Secretary Zinke’s leadership abilities and the commitment of all concerned, we can work out these challenges and WSF commits to play its part,” Thornton added.
The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS,) was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. WSF’s Mission is to enhance wild sheep populations, promote scientific wildlife management, and educate the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting while promoting the interests of the hunter. With a membership of more than 6,700 worldwide and a Chapter and Affiliate network in North America and Europe, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, other mountain wildlife, their habitat, and their conservation. Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation and its chapters and affiliates have raised and expended more than $110 million on conservation, education and conservation advocacy programs in North America, Europe and Asia towards its Purpose to “Put and Keep Wild Sheep On the Mountain.”™ These and other efforts have resulted in a three-fold increase in bighorn sheep populations in North America from their historic 1950-60s lows of ~25,000 to ~85,000 today. WSF, our Chapters and Affiliates and agencies partners are also working together to ensure thinhorn sheep thrive in their northern mountain realms for generations to enjoy.