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Jim Robertson

Botswana, Zambia Hunting Ban Boosts Zim

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Victoria Falls — ZIMBABWE has projected revenue from safari hunting to increase significantly this year following the ban on wildlife hunting in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia.

Hwange-Gwayi-Dete Conservancy Chairman, Langton Masunda, said the country was expecting revenue from the sector to top $60 million up from $45 million last year.

The forecasts are anchored on spill over business from the two neighbouring countries.

Botswana and Zambia have banned hunting to replenish dwindling numbers of wildlife in the two countries.

“We are expecting a 30 percent more in revenue than in the previous hunting season because of the spill overs from the Botswana ban,” Masunda said.

The conservancy is located in Matabeleland South, the heart of wildlife hunting and conservancy which is home to the Hwange National Park, the biggest wildlife animal sanctuary in the country.

It is home to the Big Five including the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion.

At the moment, he said hunting was concentrated on big animals like elephants because of easy visibility since small prey was less visible because of the thick vegetation.

Meanwhile, the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe President, Emmanuel Fundira, nonetheless warned the country might miss its revenue targets if Government did not resolve an impasse in the Save Conservancy.

One of the biggest conservancies in the country, it is at the centre of ownership wrangle between local people and foreigners operating in the area.

The locals want to be parceled pieces of land in the area under the indigenisation policy drive.

“The impasse also resulted in safari business missing last year’s projected targets of $60 million,” said Fundira.

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Female wolf spayed in Washington

The wolf was impregnated after encountering a domesticated sheep dog


 By Rich Landers

The saga of wolf recovery in Washington has taken a strange twist.

A large domestic guard dog that took a month-long romp on the wild side in Pend Oreille County forced Washington Fish and Wildlife officials to capture and spay an endangered female gray wolf Saturday.

The wolf was one of two females in the new Ruby Creek Pack that biologists have been tracking with GPS collars since July.

The unusual action came after biologists learned an Akbosh sheep dog climbed a 7-foot-tall fence from its yard near Ione and disappeared with the two female wolves for more than a month during February when wolves go into heat.

“If there had been a male wolf in the group, the dog would have been killed instantly,” Martorello said.

Biologists easily tracked the GPS signal and used a helicopter to shoot tranquilizers and capture the wolves. One female was pregnant; the other was not, he said. Both were released in the Pend Oreille River area.

“Spaying (the pregnant wolf) was a better alternative than trying to go out and kill all the pups after they’re born,” he said.

The dog had run off with the wolves for about a week in early January, but biologists were able to monitor the wolves and tell the dog’s owner when they were back near the home. The homeowner was able to call the dog in.

“We were already suspicious,” Martorello said. “Dogs and wolves usually don’t mix.”

Wildlife officials advised the dog owner to restrain the dog for the rest of the winter. While dogs can come into heat throughout the year, wolves generally come into estrus only in January and February, Martorello said.

“But when those females came back in a few days, one must have been in estrus because that big, intact dog climbed a seven-foot orchard fence and took off with them from mid-January through February,” he said.

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A Little Good News, California Extends Deadline On Wolf Protection Decision!

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Five wolf pups from the Imnaha pack July 2013 courtesy ODFW

Thank you wolf advocates for speaking out for the protection of wolves in California.

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Fish and Game Commission gives California gray wolves 90-day reprieve

April 22, 2014

Gray wolves finally caught a break last week when an overflow crowd gave testimony and provided 2,600 comments to the California Fish and Game Commission in Ventura. The commissioners voted to delay their decision on extending Endangered Species Act protection to gray wolves for an additional 90 days, according to a press release from Center for Biological Diversity.

“This is a huge victory for gray wolves who are clearly trying to return to California where they lived for generations,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center. “It gives me great hope that rather than simply rubber-stamping the state’s recommendation not to protect wolves, the commissioners wisely decided to take a broader look at making sure wolves get a chance…

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Be Consistent—Support the Death Penalty for Trophy Hunters

I support the death penalty for serial killers, the type, like Ted Bundy, who acted out his fantasies of killing, mutilating, making trophies of and perhaps even eating parts of his innocent victims—just to boost his floundering self-esteem.

People like that have forfeited the right to enjoy nature’s beauty and be a part of this wondrous living planet. Bundy’s multiple escape record and subsequent violent recidivism proved that the only way to stop his ilk from killing and killing again is to humanely end their lives once and for all.

The same goes for the trophy hunter who enjoys killing elephants, giraffes, lions, elk, sheep or wolves with equal fervor. His (or her) bloodlust is never satisfied, even after they’ve committed a “Trifecta” of murders or crossed the “Big 5” African “game” species off their hit list.

Adding insult to injury, their grandiose egos compel them to broadcast their crimes across the internet, posing sadistically with their beautiful, rare, innocent victims while grinning psychopathically—showing off their vacuous viciousness. Like a serial killer who finds further fun in terrorizing their victims’ families from prison, trophy hunters get an added thrill from knowing that their grotesque, morbid, distressing photos victimize and terrorize still others who happen upon them.

The only way to rid the world of the menace of serial killers—whether their victims are human or non-man—is to execute them, as quickly and painlessly as possible, for we are not barbarians.

First, of course, we’ll have to change to laws to be consistent.

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Vote NO on FL Bear Hunting Poll

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Do you think a bear hunting season is warranted?

Yes

No

Apparently the 7 bears they already killed weren’t sacrifice enough. Please go here and vote NO on the poll in the left hand column: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/lawmakers-propose-bear-hunting-reduce-population/nfgTD/

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

There have been two bear attacks in Seminole County in the past four months and now some state lawmakers want to allow hunters to help reduce the bear population.

Recently Terri Frana spoke with Channel 9 about being mauled by a bear at her home in Lake Mary.

In December, several bears were killed after Susan Chalfant was attacked while walking her dog in Longwood.

New signs in the area warn residents to be “bear aware,” but some lawmakers and homeowners believe it’s not enough.

Wildlife officials said many of the bears in the area are used to humans and used to finding food in the neighborhoods.

State Rep. Jason Broeder from Sanford sent a letter signed by a dozen lawmakers proposing select bear hunts in specific areas to reduce the growing population and to reduce the number of dangerous encounters with neighbors.

Some of those living along Markham Road said that it may be time for a hunt.

“Outside of trying to secure my garbage, I don’t know how else to keep the separation,” said resident Fran Kipp. “I think controlling the population would help too.”

Broeder is also calling on waste management companies to provide bear-proof trash cans and is working to find the funding to teach homeowners how to co-exist with the bears, without making them feel so at home.

Representative Mike Clelland said he doesn’t believe bear hunting season is the best plan.

“I think it’s a little bit of a knee jerk reaction,” Clelland said.

Clelland said the state should make the penalties tougher on people feeding bears and not be quick to pull out guns.

“I can’t imagine us with rifles hunting bears between neighborhoods. It could only add to the public safety issue that I think is an issue now,” Clelland said.

Resident  Debbie Gunther agreed with Clelland.

“Do not kill the bears. Relocate them. Do not kill the bears. Can’t we trap the people who are feeding them? Can we have open season for that?” Gunther said.

An FWC spokeman said there can be a controlled hunt without putting the bears back on the threatened species list.

Saudi prince accused of slaying 2,000 near-extinct birds while on safari in Pakistan

by John Hall

A Saudi prince has been accused of killing 2,000 birds that are on the verge of extinction while on a safari holiday in Pakistan earlier this year.

Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud – who is commonly known as Fahd bin Sultan – is said to have killed 1,977 near-extinct houbara bustards while on a 21-day trip to Chagai in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in January.

An additional 123 bustards – which are covered by laws to protect endangered species – were slaughtered by members of the prince’s travelling party, bringing the total killed to 2,100.

Fahd bin Sultan, 63 -the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province and the second eldest son of late Crown Prince Sultan – is accused of hunting illegally in protected areas, according to a report by Karachi-based Dawn News.

The website claims to have seen a document titled ‘Visit of Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud regarding hunting of houbara bustard’ which they say was prepared by Jaffar Baloch – a divisional officer in the local forest and wildlife department.

The report allegedly says the prince and his party hunted for 21 days – from Jan 11, 2014 to Jan 31 – and had been granted special permits by the Pakistani federal government which allow important visitors to bypass laws preventing the hunting of houbaras.

These permits still require the recipient to kill no more than 100 birds over a 10-day period however, and only allow them to do so in certain areas.

It is not known if Fahd bin Sultan or any or his party will face punishments for violating the rules over how many birds they killed and for hunting with falcons outside the specified areas.

Houbaras are highly valued by Arab royals, who consider the meat to be an aphrodisiac.

For decades sheikhs have travelled to remote areas of Pakistan in time for the bird to make its winter migration from Central Asia. India banned the hunting of houbaras in early 1979.

At risk: Hunting in Pakistani sees the global houbara population shrink by between 20 and 30 per cent annually. Houbaras are highly valued by Arab royals, who consider their meat to be an aphrodisiac

The ongoing hunting in Pakistan has seen global houbara numbers fall to around 110,000 – with that figure decreasing by between 20 and 30 per cent every year.

After a particularly aggressive hunting season last year, Pakistan introduced an interim ban on killing the birds.

The move proved popular with local environmental campaigners who have grown tired of Arab sheikhs flouting hunting laws, but the Pakistani government appears to have subsequently eased the restrictions, issuing at least 33 houbara hunting permits already this year.

One reason they are likely to have done so is because Arab royals bring a huge economic boost to the poor regions in which they hunt.

They are said to travel in a convoy of private jets while on safari, with some transport planes given over purely to falcons and hunting equipment.

The sheikhs also make large donations while travelling in Pakistan’s poor rural areas – paying for new schools and mosques to be built, as well as funding the repair of rundown roads and airports.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2610347/Bustard-act-Saudi-prince-accused-slaying-2-000-near-extinct-birds-safari-Pakistan.html#ixzz2zkUagm3i

Safari Club Pushing to Overturn Elephant Tropy Ban

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ATTENTION!!

Hunters and the SCI have began a colossal lobbying program emailing and telephoning, meeting every US House representative to now try and OVERTURN the Elephant Trophy Hunting ban from Zimbabwe and Tanzania into the United States. We’re not going to allow them to win. We need YOU on our side TODAY.

Please contact the USFWS TODAY and inform them politely there is to be no ban overturn of Tanzania and Zimbabwe trophy Elephants.

TAKE ACTION TODAY AND STOP PRATS LIKE THIS BELOW FROM KILLING MORE ELEPHANTS FOR THE FUN OF IT.

Contact USFWS here TODAY – http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

Dear Hunting Community.

Attack us as much as you wish, you’ll never defeat us.

Signed truly

International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa..

Donate below;

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Arizona bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

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PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands.

The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children.

SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard dog that is protecting livestock killing a wolf.

And the law would also have permitted killing a wolf in self-defense or defense of others. In that case, though, the act would have to be reported within 24 hours to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Brewer, in her veto message, said she is a “strong supporter” of states’ rights. But she said SB1211 is both unnecessary and conflicts with federal law.

She said the state Game and Fish Department already is working with federal agencies to deal with how wolf reintroduction will affect the state. By contrast, Brewer said SB1211 would have given that duty to the state Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for dealing with ranchers and grazing.

Beyond that, Brewer said the legislation sought to put the Mexican wolf in the same legal category as mountain lions and bears. But she said that is in conflict with federal law which does allow killing those two species in certain circumstances but not the wolves.

“A state simply does not have the power to allow a ‘take’ on federal lands,” the governor wrote.

Brewer took no action Tuesday on HB2699, a related measure on her desk. It would allow a livestock operator or agent to kill a wolf on public lands if it in self defense or the defense of others, with the only requirement that it be reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But that measure also contains language that Brewer could find in conflict with federal law.

It directs the Attorney General’s Office to seek funds from the federal government to pay ranchers for their losses. But it also says that if the federal government doesn’t come up with the cash, the Legislature will consider a measure to require that Mexican wolves be restricted to federally controlled lands and removed from state and private lands.

Charges: Ex-animal rights activist caught with machine gun

[It takes all kinds. The things done to animals for product testing could make anyone crazy. Still, If they want to find arsenals, they'd should check the homes of poachers and other hunters.]

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By Levi Pulkkinen, seattlepi.com staff   Apr 23, 2014

SEATTLE – A onetime radical animal rights activist now faces federal gun charges after investigators claim he was caught bragging to an informant about his “baby” – a machine gun.

Previously caught hacking a phone line to harass a pharmaceutical company executive, Nathan Brasfield is alleged to have shown a fully automatic rifle to an FBI informant while offering to sell the man pistols. Brasfield, 35, was arrested Tuesday after the FBI searched his Lake Forest Park home and seized the suspected machine gun.

Investigators contend Brasfield, a nine-time felon, was caught on tape expounding on his right to possess the modified weapon, which he kept loaded in a hallway closet at his home.

“I still have the legal right to possess and bear firearms, guaranteed to me by the Constitution no matter what the (expletive) government says about it,” Brasfield was caught on tape telling the informant, according to charging papers.

First convicted of property crimes at age 20, Brasfield was dubbed a political prisoner in radical animal rights circles in 2003 after he was caught sending “black faxes” opposed to a former executive of a firm that tested drugs on animals.

The faxes, sent from a Tukwila phone line Brasfield had broken into, targeted a Kirkland man who previously directed the pharmaceutical testing firm. At the time, the man was drawing fire from the Animal Liberation Front, an animal rights group opposed to testing on animals and meat production whose members engaged in burglaries, arson and sabotage.

Sentenced to a year in state prison for breaking into the phone line, Brasfield was caught with stolen checks, computers and construction equipment in 2011.

A Seattle police detective searching the Lake City home described an “enormous” number of tools scattered around the home; Brasfield claimed he was working as a computer consultant and electrical contractor. Most of the items appeared to have been taken in burglaries in and around Bellevue.

Brasfield ultimately pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property and was sentenced to three months on work release.

As currently charged, Brasfield faces up to a decade in prison if convicted. He could face even more prison time, though, if investigators’ suspicions that his short-barreled rifle was fully automatic prove true following tests by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Writing the court, an FBI special agent said an informant first claimed to have seen Brasfield with the automatic rifle in July 2012.

According to the informant’s account, Brasfield said he wanted to show the informant “something cool” and pulled a rifle from the trunk of his Mercedes sedan. The informant said Brasfield explained he’d modified the weapon to allow for automatic fire.

Federal law heavily restricts access to automatic weapons. Though they look nearly identical on the outside, essentially all AR-15-style or AK-47-style rifles sold to civilians are semi-automatic. As a convicted felon, of course, Brasfield wasn’t allowed to possess even a musket.

During that early interaction with the informant, Brasfield explained he believed the Second Amendment meant the government couldn’t keep him away from firearms, the Seattle-based special agent said in court papers. Brasfield is alleged to have discussed shooting the machine gun on properties in Kitsap and Snohomish counties.

In February 2013, the informant met Brasfield at a Kenmore home where he was then living. Brasfield had apparently forgotten he’d shown the rifle to the informant previously, the FBI agent said, and did so again.

“Did I ever show you my, my, my baby?” Brasfield is alleged to have told the wire-wearing informant as he pulled a Vector Arms .223 cal. rifle from a closet.

“That’s my home defense weapon,” he continued, according to charging papers. “If somebody’s gonna break in here, out in the middle of nowhere … they’re not gonna find the body.”

Brasfield is alleged to have gone on to regale the informant with a host of other firearms crimes he claimed to have committed.

According to the FBI agent’s statement, Brasfield claimed to have made silencers and shortened the machine gun’s barrel so he could carry it under a coat. Investigators contend Brasfield had a pistol and rifle modified to accept silencers.

Brasfield is also alleged to have explained he was able to buy “door-breaching” shotgun ammunition and armor-piercing rifle rounds online despite his criminal history. Apparently, his seller didn’t bother with background checks.

Early this month, Lake Forest Park police received a report that Brasfield was growing marijuana in the basement of his home there. FBI agents searched the home on Tuesday and arrested Brasfield.

Agents recovered the Vector Arms rifle as well as two handguns, including a Fabrique Nationale Herstal pistol designed to penetrate body armor, according to charging papers. Also seized were a rifle scope and several flash suppressors, as well as boxes of ammunition.

On initial inspection, the rifle appeared to be shorter than allowed under federal law, the agent said in court papers. The ATF will now examine the weapon to determine whether it is in fact a machine gun.

Brasfield appeared Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court at Seattle. He is expected to return to court next Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Quebec hunters prevented from harvesting Labrador caribou

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2014-04-22/article-3696336/Quebec-hunters-prevented-from-harvesting-Labrador-caribou/1

by Derek Montague
Published on April 22, 2014

Hunters were going after threatened Mealy Mountains herd: source

A group of Innu hunters from the Quebec North Shore were recently prevented from illegally hunting the threatened Mealy Mountains caribou herd in Labrador, according to a source.

A Labrador woodland caribou is shown. Some herds are considered threatened, such as the Mealy Mountains herd. — Photo courtesy of the provincial wildlife division

The 10 or so hunters were headed to the Birchy Lakes area, about 150 kilometres away from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, when wildlife officers stopped them.

The incident happened earlier this month.

Considered threatened

According to a 2009 publication from the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Mealy Mountains herd was estimated at just 2,500 animals and considered threatened under the provincial Endangered Species Act and the federal Species at Risk Act.

Quebec hunters crossing the Labrador border to hunt caribou illegally is a problem that stretches back several years.

Back in 2007, two Quebec men from Pakua Shipi Innu were fined $18,000 each for killing caribou from the Mealy Mountains herd.

Serious problem

Former Labrador wildlife officer Hollis Yetman recalls how serious the problem was in the early 2000s, when caribou poaching near the Quebec-Labrador border was common.

“(The hunting) was significant. In 2003, there was endangered species legislation enacted and that was the catalyst for wildlife officers to have some strength and some backbone … that they could officially charge aboriginals for hunting these threatened caribou herds,” said Yetman.

Protected by wildlife officers

“If it wasn’t for a small, core group of wildlife officers that have had continuity protecting these herds for the past 10-15 years, I would say that the population would be far less than what they are now.”

Yetman is worried a few undetected hunts will be all that’s needed to decimate the Mealy Mountains herd and other woodland caribou.

“Basically, the Department of Justice keeps its eyes over these woodland caribou herds. Right now they’re doing a good job with their limited surveillance. (But) it only takes one or two undetected hunts by anyone and you will cause serious population problems with these herds,” said Yetman.

“The numbers are that sensitive.”

Yetman also feels that conservation efforts are also held up too much by the notion of aboriginal hunting rights.

“I think that the aboriginal right overshadows the need to protect these caribou a lot of the time,” said Yetman.

“The only thing keeping some of these caribou alive is the dedication of two or three of the wildlife officers who keep an eye on them.”

TC Media requested an interview with Justice Minister Darin King, but there was no response by press time, as government offices were closed Monday.

TC media was also been unsuccessful at reaching Pakua Shipi Chief Dennis Mestenapeo.