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August 22nd 2014
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August 22nd 2014
The population of Dall sheep in the Northwest Arctic has declined by more than half in the past three years, prompting state and federal agencies to halt the annual hunt.

Results of the most recent survey, conducted over a week earlier this summer by officials from the National Park Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show a decline of between 50 and 75 percent compared to a count done in 2011. The cancellation of the federal hunt is in the process of being done through a temporary special action from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because of conservation concerns. The state hunt was cancelled as of August 9.

Reasons for the drop in sheep are many, but harsh winters — prolonged, record cold a couple years ago, and warm and icy last winter — resulting in starvation and a loss of habitat over the past few years are the most plausible...
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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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Wild Sheep Foundation News
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...

From the Field
Wild Sheep Foundation News
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...