Wildlife: Southwest wolf population tops 100 for first time in modern era

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Conservation biologists focusing on genetic health of packs

A Mexican gray wolf in the wilds of the Blue Range wolf recovery area. Photo courtesy of the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team. A Mexican gray wolf in the wilds of the Blue Range wolf recovery area. Photo courtesy of the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team.

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FRISCO — The future for wolves in the southwestern U.S. looks a little brighter this year, as the population grew by 31 percent to reach 109 wolves living in the wilds of New Mexico and Arizona.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it’s the fourth year in a row that the population has grown by at least 10 percent. The 2014 minimum population count includes 38 wild-born pups that survived through the end of the year.

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Jared Polis to serve on House Resources Committee

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fdgh Congressman Jared Polis.

Colorado lawmaker expected to be a pro-environment voice on a panel led conservative Republicans who often undermine federal efforts to manage public lands on the behalf of all Americans

Staff Report

FRISCO — A languishing proposal to create new wilderness areas in the Colorado mountains may get a boost in Congress this year, as U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) joins the House Natural Resources Committee. Polis would be the only representative from a western mountain state on the panel.

In the last two years, the committee has been a bastion of anti-government rhetoric, in some cases considering bills that would significantly weaken protection for natural resources and public lands. As a member of the minority, Polis won’t be able to get any meaningful legislation passed on his own, but his pro-environmental voice will be a welcome addition for public lands advocates.

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Public lands rally February 25 — Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Public Lands Rally graphic via Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Public Lands Rally graphic via Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” ― Edward Abbey

Here’s the link to the website. Here’s an excerpt:

Rally with Colorado Sportsmen for Your Public Lands

What: Rally for Public Lands

When: 12:00PM Wednesday, Feb. 25th

Where: West Steps, Colorado State Capitol, Denver

Who: Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and Colorado Wildlife Federation

Why: Join your fellow Colorado sportsmen and women at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to oppose transferring millions of acres of national public lands to the state. Sportsmen know that they will lose access and opportunity if lands owned by all Americans are transferred to individual states. Sportsmen need to speak up and say NO to a public lands transfer.

Join us at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25th, on the West steps of the State Capitol.

RSVP to Join us Here!

We’ll be hosting a reception at Stoney’s Bar & Grill immediately following the event. Join us for beers, gear giveaways and more.

For more information on the foolish, but growing efforts to wrest public lands away from public ownership, check out this report.

Cant make it, but still interested in helping? Tell your elected officials to stop the public land sell-off by signing the Sportsman’s Pledge here.

Help keep our public lands public, Join Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Today!

For More information call: 406-370-4325