Angler’s Funding Sport Fish Restoration

Each time an angler purchases a fishing license, purchases fishing tackle, or fuels up their boat they are assisting the improvement of their avocation by contributing to the Sport Fish Restoration Program. The nationwide Sport Fish Restoration Program is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) through excise tax and duty revenue collected on fishing equipment sales, fishing equipment imports, and the sales of motorboats and small engine fuels.

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Lyme Disease: Still a Growing Problem

The prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses has increased steadily over the past few years, and this year is gearing up to follow that trend.
Between 2004 and 2016, diagnosed Lyme cases went from approximately 19,000 per year to 36,000 per year according to a Center for Disease Control study. That’s an 80 percent increase. The center estimates that 10 times as many cases either go unreported or misdiagnosed, making the actual number upwards of 300,00 cases per year.

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Bill to Kill Up to 90% of Idaho’s Wolves Signed by Governor

A controversial bill was just signed into law by Idaho Governor, Brad Little. The bill, SB1211, authorizes the decrease of the wolf population by up to 90% in Idaho.

The bill allows an increase in hunting opportunities and authorizes the state to hire private contractors to kill the wolves. Hunters will be allowed to use night vision equipment, trapping, baiting and snaring to kill wolves with a single tag until the quota has been reached. The bill would also permit wolves to be hunted from vehicles and snow machines.

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Department of Interior Announces Nearly $80 Million in Grants for Wetlands and Wildlife Refuges

On April 21st, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that $78 million in grants has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). Grant funds will made available through the provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the capability to conserve or restore nearly 500,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats across North America.
Established in 1929 under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Commission was created and authorized to review and approve for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) purchase or rental, any lands and waters recommended consider and approve any areas of land and/or water recommended by the Secretary of the Interior. The Commission has helped in conserving much of this nation’s most important waterfowl habitat and establish or enhance many of the country’s most popular waterfowl hunting and birding destinations.

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Goliath Grouper Making a Come Back

During the afternoon of Monday, May 12, 2021 the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will provide a review and discussion of goliath grouper, including biology, updates on ongoing research, and stakeholder opinions. The staff will seek Commission approval on regarding steps for goliath grouper management in state waters, including whether to prepare a draft rule for limited harvest.

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Billionaire Stan Kroenke Wins Legal Battle, Killing Public Access to Stoney and Minnie Lake

Residents of British Columbia recently lost access to prime fishing spots Stoney Lake and Minnie Lake to non-resident sports mogul Stan Kroenke. Kroenke is the husband to Walmart heiress, Anne Walton, owner of the LA Rams, Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, who currently owns more than two million acres of land, is also part owner of the on-demand outdoor streaming service, MyOutdoorTV.

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Protect the Point Washington State Forest and WMA

If the sanctity of Point Washington as a state forest and wildlife management area can be stripped for the convenience of future development, what is to stop the development of all of Florida’s wild places? This matter is about more than a single road through one forest, the construction of this road will establish and further a precedent that Florida’s wild places are of mere inconvenience.

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