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Kansas considers increasing cost of hunting and fishing licenses - posted 5 months ago

Big numbers make big news. This bill sets caps. The existing caps were set around 30 years ago. It’s time to raise them to give the Wildlife Commission latitude so they can manage our wildlife. That’s right, the commission sets fees not the legislature or the department. it’s done through a public hearing process, discussed in open meetings, and voted on by a body. The department administers what the commission decides. If you don’t support this bill you don’t support wildlife, opportunity, or good management.

Runner kills mountain lion in self defense - posted 5 months ago

I guess that cat didn’t have Chuck Norris reflexes.

Wyoming may release grizzly management plan soon - posted 1 year ago

1 more comment. I generally enjoy Kristen's articles and writing, but I do want to offer one correction. Her comment that "The animals lost federal protections..." I think would be more matter of factly correct written as "The animals recovered to the defined point that federal protections are no longer required." Grizzly bears have not lost anything. If anything they have won and so to have the biologist and managers who brought them back to where we are now.

Wyoming may release grizzly management plan soon - posted 1 year ago

Gary H. great perspective and I agree.

Grizzly bears have been hunted by man since the dawn of the grizzly's relationship with man. Wouldn't not hunting them upset the balance of that relationship more than just continuing the relationship we have. This year was the first in 13 that did not get my wife some flowers for Valentines Day. I can tell you, disrupting that balance didn't help that relationship any. Next year I have double down. If we keep not hunting this sustainable population that is growing in won't be long and we'll be doubling down.

No wolf reintroduction for Colorado - posted 1 year ago

Wolves, as well as other predator species, are a natural occurrence on the landscape of Colorado and other western states. Phrases like "wreak havoc" are emotionally based and not scientifically based. Wolf introductions in other states have shown about an additional 10% mortality on elk calves; whereas elk calf mortality due to other predators in those states was already between 30% and 40%, prior to wolf introductions. That other 30% to 40% is generally cougars and very few grizzlies. There is no reason to advocate one way or the other without facts. Yes, wolves can impact livestock. The ranchers I know in Wyoming don't seem to be bothered by that fact. Every time one of their livestock is killed by a wolf they are compensated by the State to be made whole again.