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Council for all wildlife

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To read part one first, click here.

For information about the July 29 Public Hearing and how to send a comment, please see below at the end.

Here is another of the many comment letters that have been sent to oppose the Utah crow hunt. It was written by a Utah resident and was signed, but the name has been withheld here, by request.

Dear Mr. Sheehan,

I was disappointed when I learned that the Utah Wildlife Board approved the Crow Hunt. The fact that the vote was 3 members in favor of and 2 members opposed to the hunt, and the time allotted for further comment suggests that there may be the possibility of changing the decision.

I have read many convincing arguments in opposition to the hunt, and none that would explain why it is an acceptable proposal. No doubt you have done the same – with perhaps a different perspective. I…

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Council for all wildlife

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By Maddy Butcher Gray

To understand the current brouhaha surrounding Utah’s pending crow hunt, it helps to know about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The model was referred to several times at the Utah’s Wildlife Board public hearing, where the board voted 3-2 in favor of the crow hunt.

It derives from an 1842 Supreme Court case which addressed hunting, wildlife, and set in motion the placement of wildlife into public trust.

In a nutshell, that’s how we’ve gone from Open Season on Everything (circa early 1800’s) to protected species, endangered species, and hunted species with seasons, bag limits, etc. etc.

Sportsmen have, for over a century, had a seat at the wildlife management table. They didn’t get it for free. In Utah, the hook and bullet contingent supports 94 percent of the state’s wildlife department budget with its licenses, taxes on ammunition, duck stamps, and the like.

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news from (and about) the trees

In my quest to find stories that give hope (and perhaps a smile) to the wearied environmentalist, I submit these stories for your perusal. Please visit my website for links to the stories in their entirety. Have a great week.

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

Mass. Senate OKs $1.9 Billion Environmental Bill

Lawsuit Demands California Stop Approving Pesticides that Harm Honeybees

3-D Technology Used to Help California Condors, Other Endangered Species

“Snowpiercer” is Cli-fi with No Science in It. We Need More Films Like It

Bike Lanes Save Lives AND Money

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How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

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A sad story about the U.S. government’s on going persecution of American wild horses….

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BLM and Biodiversity on Public Lands

Mustang photo by John Harwood

GR:  The U. S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) protects livestock ranching interests while seeking to balance other public land uses. Public interest has forced BLM to remove and board cattle-competing wild horses and burros instead of thinning them. Today, BLM is boarding almost 50,000 horses and burros and the number is increasing. For 2013, the total cost was $7.8 million.

I love horses.  As an advocate for non-human animal rights and species equity, I also care about the other species sharing the public lands. Are we sacrificing vegetation, soil, and biodiversity in the western U. S. to protect cattle?  In consideration of the general decline of birds, frogs, insects, mammals, and turtles, is it time to give the BLM a new mandate?  Should we direct the BLM to give its highest priority to protecting diversity?
There is no…

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