Elk Foundation Files Motion to Intervene in Wolf Litigation

August 28, 2009

From Blue Heron Communications:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has filed a motion in Missoula federal court to enter an amicus curiae brief supporting state-regulated wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana. If the motion is granted by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, RMEF documents will be considered in Molloy’s decision on whether to allow or stop the hunt.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday and a ruling could follow soon afterward.

A coalition of 13 environmental groups filed an emergency injunction asking Molloy to stop the planned hunt and return wolves to the endangered species list. Read more

Three Poaching Suspects Charged In Yosemite National Park – Developing

August 25, 2009

After an extensive investigation, three individuals face multiple federal charges for poaching within Yosemite National Park. Over the past several years, Southern California residents Chad Gierlich, Chris Gierlich, and Kyle Narasky have allegedly poached multiple trophy-sized deer within the park boundaries. The investigation uncovered a complex, concerted effort by these individuals to illegally hunt within the park and kill trophy size bucks. Search warrants resulted in the seizure of items such as bows and arrows, GIS devices, mounted kills, and several items that lead to the charges being filed.

This interagency investigation was conducted by Yosemite National Park Rangers, Pacific West Region Special Agents, and California Department of Fish and Game Wardens. Multiple federal charges regarding the illegal hunting have been filed which fall under the Lacey Act and Title 36 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). In addition to poaching within the park, state charges have been filed alleging that illegal hunting activity occurred on land under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Fish and Game. Read more

Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act Battle Against Obama’s Power Grab

August 25, 2009

Many conservative Americans and those who still understand and cherish the United States Constitution as the glue that keeps our nation free, cheered at the signing of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, an act signed by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and set to take effect on October 1, 2009. The Act essentially declares that any guns or certain parts manufactured in Montana and remain in Montana are not subject to the strong arm of the federal government. It’s an ambitious battle that could have sweeping consequences for Americans and derail the Statists’ progressive, manipulative, incrementalism aimed at total control over free citizens of this country.

Much of the basis for formulating this act has been the attempted revival of the 10th Amendment. Read more

Gun Groups To Sue Over Montana-Made And Retained Firearms

August 22, 2009

MISSOULA, MT – the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have formed a strategic alliance to litigate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), passed by the 2009 Montana Legislature and signed into law by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

The MFFA declares that any firearms made and retained in Montana are not subject to any federal authority, resisting Congress’s dramatically expanded use of the interstate commerce clause to justify Washington’s regulation of virtually all of the private economy. The MFFA also applies to firearm accessories and ammunition. Read more

Time To Do Something About New Jersey Bears……Or Else I’ll Tell You It’s Time To Do Something About Bears

August 20, 2009

Last December I told you that New Jersey’s Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano sent out a press release urging the blind man, Gov. Jon Corzine, to “adopt scientifically-valid policies” for dealing with black bears. This was in response to what they called a 97 percent increase in bear complaints across the state. Nothing happened.

On August 14, 2009, Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano sent out a press release urging the blind man, Gov. Jon Corzine, to stop “playing politics with the public’s safety and let wildlife experts decide the best method for handling the issue.” They say New Jersey’s “alternate bear management policies” are not working. Nothing will happen. Read more

Skinny Moose Media Launches Newsletter “The Skinny”

August 18, 2009

August 18, 2009 – Skinny Moose Media launched its weekly newsletter ‘The Skinny’ on Tuesday as a new medium to inform the public in regards to industry news, new products, and special deals. With a handful of informed bloggers, Skinny Moose Media will be turning to their writers for help. “Our writers are always posting about the latest news and the newsletter will not only keep people informed but will assist in promoting our individual bloggers in the Network,” Steve Remington, President of the media company, said.

The newsletter has a strong concentration in the outdoor and recreational industry, especially hunting, fishing, shooting, and conservative politics but the Network is expanding their Internet presence every day. Signing up is simple. Browse to and fill in your name and email address in the form.

Idaho Regional Fish And Game Supervisor Clarifies Wolves Destruction On Elk Herds

August 17, 2009

elk and wolfI’ve always had a certain degree of sympathy for employees of any state fish and game department. They are much like a baseball umpire. Every call they make, one side agrees and the other doesn’t. One thing though can be said about the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. At lease one regional supervisor, Mark Gamblin, understands that the Internet is a resource that needs to be utilized whether his organization likes it or not. The Internet has become a powerful resource of information – some good and some not.

It seems that Gamblin has been monitoring the discussions going on at Ralph Maughan’s blog, an overtly pro wolf advocate site. It also appears that Gamblin has had enough of the rhetoric being written there, that he decided to post his own comments in order to clarify the positions of the Idaho Fish and Game Department and dispute a few of the talking points being used there. Read more