18 states, including Minnesota, partner to assist pheasants

 

The goal is maintaining and improving the birds’ habitat in hunting states.

By Tony Kennedy Star Tribune

August 6, 2016 — 4:20pm pheasant pic

File photo by Dennis Anderson Eighteen states, including Minnesota, have joined together to work on the National Wild Pheasant Conservation Plan. Its management board will meet for the first time next month.

The first national effort to unite pheasant states into a partnership for improved and expanded ringneck habitat is up and flying with help from Minnesota and 17 other states.

In a quiet ceremony four months ago, the states hired pheasant biologist Scott Taylor to build momentum for the National Wild Pheasant Conservation Plan. Its goal is to restore and maintain self-sustaining wild pheasant populations in the 31 states from California to New York where the birds can be hunted.

The partnership, including nonprofit Pheasants Forever, will hit another milestone next month in Philadelphia when Taylor coordinates the first meeting of the group’s management board. Minnesota will have a representative on the board, chaired by Tony Leif, director of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. Continue reading

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Bill could provide $1.3 billion for U.S. wildlife conservation

 By Paul A. Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 09, 2016

A bill was introduced Thursday in Congress to provide $1.3 billion annually for wildlife conservation across the United States.

The proposed legislation, called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), was authored by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).

It would use royalties from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. Continue reading

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Save the Date!

84th Annual Midwest Directors’ Meeting
June 25 – 28, 2017
Mahoney State Park • Ashland, Nebraska

The MAFWA Directors’ Meeting is for senior level management of natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife and fisheries management, information and education, licensing and administration, law enforcement, and conservation engineering.

View information from the 2016 Meeting.

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Epic wolverine journey ends in North Dakota

By Nala Rogers

Posted on June 3, 2016

wolverine

This 2009 photo of M56 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park marked the first documented wolverine sighting in the state in nearly a century. ©Ray Rafiti

Wildlife managers at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department knew the dead wolverine was special even before they performed a necropsy. It was the first wolverine (Gulo gulo) reported in the state in almost 150 years; a rancher had killed it legally in late April for harassing cattle and then given its carcass to the agency. But the managers weren’t expecting to find a radio transmitter in its abdomen. Continue reading

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Gov. Scott Walker announces new CWD steps

by Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel

May 14, 2016

Manitowoc— Gov. Scott Walker on Friday announced six steps to address the spread of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, including more frequent fence inspections at captive cervid farms and a comprehensive study of deer in an area of high CWD prevalence.

“We want whatever we do to be science-based, based on facts,” Walker said. “And we know we won’t be able to do anything without the support of hunters.” Continue reading

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