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Taxi Gram: Seizure threat reaches new high; FWS conduct reaches new low
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In late summer, 2011, a new U.S. import problem began arising that may be the worst yet. Law Enforcement import inspectors at some ports started requiring two quotas on export permits when leopard trophies were exported in a year different than the year taken. For example, when a leopard was taken in one year but not exported until the next year, some port inspectors want both the year of the take and the year of the export and the respective quota for each year to be on the export permit. In effect, two quotas have to be allocated by the foreign country. Those inspectors want the year of shipment and quota in block 11(a) of the CITES export permit. More

USFWS issues bulletin to the Wildlife Import/Export community on import of sport-hunted trophies
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is aware of confusion and miscommunication regarding the import of sport-hunted trophies that are subject to quotas under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora. The service wishes to remind the trade that under U.S. CITES regulations at 50 CFR Part 23, CITES specimens must be appropriately marked and be accompanied by valid original CITES documents. These CITES regulations, revised in 2007, incorporate CITES resolutions affecting international trade in sport-hunted trophies and are not new requirements. More

Arkansas captures fishing title
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The Louisiana State University-Shreveport bass fishing team, headed by veteran angler Joe Landry, was topped by teams from Arkansas and LSU in the 2012 Carhartt College Classic on Shreveport's Cross Lake. Arkansas dominated the contest that featured three two-person teams from each team. The Razorbacks, who led a Sooey-Pig cheer from the Bassmaster Classic stage shortly before the pros weighed-in, brought 26 pounds of Cross Lake bass to the stage for the title. LSU came in with 18 pounds, 7 ounces but the Pilots could manage just 2 pounds, 14 ounces from three bass. More

States targeting animal pests with night hunting
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A growing number of states are taking aim at animals deemed destructive or dangerous by allowing night hunting. North Carolina is proposing new rules that would allow hunters to kill coyotes and wild hogs at night, says Brad Howard, a state wildlife biologist. In December, Arizona opened night hunting for mountain lions, says Jason Bruce, president of the Indiana-based National Predator Hunters Association. Last year it allowed night hunting for coyotes, he said. Tennessee last year marked wild hogs for eradication and allowed landowners to hunt them at night on private land, according to its wildlife office. More

Montana's March 15 hunting permit deadlines causing confusion
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Big game hunters are being reminded by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks that the deadline for buck deer and bull elk permit applications has been moved up to March 15. The move is an attempt by FWP to give hunters three extra months to plan their activities and coordinate with landowners about hunting opportunities. The results of the permit drawings will be available by the end of April; all permit holders must also have a valid deer/elk conservation license. More

DNR to hunters: Kill more female deer
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West Virginia wildlife officials have created a whole new plan to get hunters to kill more female deer, and have proposed a flood of changes for this fall's hunting season to make sure those females get killed. Division of Natural Resources officials unveiled the plan at a quarterly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission, the seven-member panel that sets the state's hunting and fishing regulations. More

Minnesota moose population continues to decline; hunting season to be evaluated
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Minnesota's moose population continues to decline, dropping from an estimate of 4,900 in 2011 to 4,230 in 2012, according to the annual aerial survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Estimates from the survey and results from research using radio-collared moose both indicate that the population has been declining in recent years," said Mark Lenarz, DNR forest wildlife group leader. Minnesota's moose population was estimated at 8,840 in 2006 and has trended downward since then. More

Arkansas hunters take more than 400 black bears in latest season; female harvest to shrink
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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the state's black bear population remains strong. The agency said that hunters killed more than 400 bears during the 2011-2012 season. A year before, hunters took more than 450 bears and the 2009-2010 season saw hunters take a record 530 bears. Bear Program Coordinator Myron Means says future hunts may see the two-day early modern gun hunt in Bear Zone 2 removed. The female harvest ratio in Zone 2 increased from 35 percent to 50 percent. That ratio of hunted females isn't sustainable over the long term. More

Minnesota official proposes allowing coyote hunting from aircraft, snowmobiles
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Minnesotans could hunt coyotes from aircraft and snowmobiles as part of a new proposal designed to curb animal populations. "The coyote population seems to be exploding," said state Rep. Torrey Westrom, a sponsor of the bill. "This would be just one more way to continue the intrigue and enjoyment many people get out of hunting as well as a creative way to help control the coyote population." The proposal would require the state to grant hunters free aerial coyote hunting permits. It also allows hunters to shoot a coyote from a stationary snowmobile. Critics said the proposal is fraught with potential dangers for hunters and could leave scores of wounded animals suffering around the state. More

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