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Wyoming outfitter takes hunters to Asia
Powell Tribune via CBS4    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to international hunting, the African continent might spring to folks' attention with all of its varied big-game species. Slowly and far more stealthily, however, the Asian continent is becoming a popular destination for those seeking to hunt abroad. "I book probably around 300 trips per year, and approximately 70 percent of them are to Asia," notes Clark Jeffs of Safari Outfitters in Cody, Wyo. More

The goat that's not a goat
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Joanne Stolen was up on Mt Evans in Colorado and encountered a herd of mountain goats near the summit. These magnificent creatures are most often found above timberline feeding on grasses, mosses, lichens and shrubbery. They were around the visitor area licking areas where salt could be found. The mountain goat, like the moose, was introduced deliberately to Colorado, to expand hunting opportunities. There are now about 90 to 100 mountain goats in the Mount Evans region. In 1993 the Colorado Wildlife Commission proclaimed the mountain goat a native species. A bone from an extinct species of mountain goat was found in fossil deposits about 800,000 years old in Porcupine Cave, South Park. Mountain goats have also been seen here in Summit County on Quandary Peak and Buffalo Mountain. More

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep ravaged by disease
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Across the northern Rocky Mountains, bighorn sheep are dying by the hundreds from pneumonia and alarmed wildlife officials are hunting and killing the majestic animals to halt the spread of the disease. Since winter, nine disease outbreaks across five states in the West have claimed nearly 1,000 bighorns, prized as a game animal for the prominent curled horns of the adult males, or rams. Scientists recently confirmed what they long suspected — the cause of the plague is contact between the wild bighorns and domestic sheep flocks. More

Montana FWP offers hunting advice
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With the gun hunting season for antelope set to open Saturday, Oct. 9 and the general season for deer and elk opening Oct. 23, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is offering tips and advice to hunters. More

Idaho submits wolf management proposal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Idaho Fish and Game has submitted a proposal to kill at least 40 to 50 wolves in the Lolo elk management zone in northern Idaho. Fish and Game is seeking authority from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act to reduce wolf numbers in response to their effects on elk herds in the Lolo zone. More

Teck takes responsibility for big horn sheep deaths
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Teck Coal takes full responsibility for seven Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep found dead on its Elk Valley, Canada property last week and is taking measures to see that such an accident is not repeated, says company spokesman Nic Milligan. Circumstances are not entirely clear, but it appears the big horns died after eating nitrates used in making explosives on the Greenhill property. Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep are a "blue listed" species which means they are especially sensitive to man-made disturbances and are a concern to wildlife managers. More

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Colorado receives $450,000 for Public Access Hunting Program
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Colorado Governor Bill Ritter praised a new $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a state program that leases land from eastern Colorado farm and ranch owners who provide hunters access to private wildlife habitat. Ritter said the grant will help the Colorado Division of Wildlife expand and improve the popular Small Game Walk-In Access Program, which this year will provide pheasant and small game hunters access to more than 330 square miles of leased private lands across 22 eastern Colorado counties this year. More

Big game outlook for Idaho
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Despite what you might have heard, Idaho's big game populations are pretty stable. There are exceptions, but chances are good this year's deer and elk harvests will be similar to last year. But there are some qualifiers — namely the weather. Last winter, spring and summer were nearly ideal for big game animals. The mild winter meant lots of animals survived. That was followed by a wet spring and mild summer that provided excellent forage for animals. On top of that, there's been some wet fall weather that's contributed to good grazing and browsing conditions. More

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