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Farm Bill - Action Alert


September 21, 2018

Dear WSF Membership,
 
Wild sheep are a treasure to this country, but are now considered a bargaining chip in the Farm Bill being finalized in Washington, D.C.
 
Senators and Representatives from the states below are involved in finalizing the 2018 Farm Bill.  Currently, there is a proposal that would multiply the likelihood of pneumonia transmission to wild sheep by making "vacant grazing allotments available to a holder of a grazing permit or lease," if that woolgrower is forced to move, "because of a natural disaster, court-issued injunction, or conflict with wildlife”.  It's called "Sec. 8338 of the House Version." This means the Forest Service and BLM could move domestic sheep to vacant allotments without checking whether bighorns are already there or whether that allotment has already been vacated to protect bighorns.
 
If you live in one of the states listed below, please follow the appropriate number to ask your member of Congress to, "oppose Sec. 8338 of the House Version of the Farm Bill in the final conference report."
 
Here is why:
1.  It would kill bighorn sheep by multiplying the spread of fatal pneumonia.
2.  Hunters and woolgrowers are already working on solutions to these problems on the ground - no top-down Federal mandate is needed.
3.  Congress has been rejecting this bad idea every year in the Appropriations committee.  Instead, that committee has encouraged the existing efforts of hunters and woolgrowers to resolve problems directly.
 
Rep Raul Grijalva (AZ)
202.225.2435
Rep Tom O’Halleran (AZ)
202.225.3361
 
Sen John Boozman (AR)
202.224.4843
Rep Bruce Westerman (AR)
202.225.3772 
 
Sen Joni Ernst (IA)
202.224.3254
 
Sen Pat Roberts (KS)
202.224.4774
 
Sen Debbie Stabenow (MI)
202.224.4822
 
Rep Collin Peterson (MN)
202.225.2165
Rep Tim Walz (MN)
202.225.2472
 
Sen Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
202.224.2043
Sen John Hoeven (ND)
202.224.2551
 
Rep Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM)
202.225.6316
 
Rep Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA)
202.225.5121
 
Rep Filemon Vela (TX)
202.225.9901
Rep Jodey Arrington (TX)
202.225.4005
Rep Mike Conaway (TX)
202.225.3605
 
Rep Rob Bishop (UT)
202.225.0453
 
 
We urge you to help us in our longstanding purpose, “To Put and Keep Wild Sheep on the Mountain.”
 
Very Respectfully,
 
The Wild Sheep Foundation 

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