News roundup: June 30-July 4
In case you missed the news last week, here are some of the breaking news items from June 30th-July 4th.
Mule deer migration path in danger
Wyoming is dedicated to protecting a newly discovered mule deer migration cooridor. Protecting the path will be a tremendous yet necessary task, wildlife researchers said. Each fall and spring, between 4,000 and 5,000 mule deer migrate 150 miles to Grand Teton National Park from their winter range near Pinedale, Wyoming. Read the full story here.
FWS adopts new definition of "hunting trophy"
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has officially adopted a new definition of “hunting trophy,” effective as of June 26, 2014. The Safari Club International (SCI) says FWS’s adoption of this new definition “gives freedom to U.S. hunters, allowing them to import whatever he or she considers the memento of their hunt.” This will result in fewer seizures of lawful trophies. Read the full story here.
Another no-drone zone
Last week New Mexico's Game Commission unanimously passed a prohibition against the use of drones to harass wildlife and a prohibition against using drones to take or assist in hunting protected wildlife.” New Mexico is now officially a no-drone zone. The issue was originally discussed at the game commission’s May meeting, but was shelved until the commission reconvened in Mescalero on June 26. The delay was intended to provide enough time to clarify the definition of a drone. Read the full story here.
Arizona relocating its bighorn
Last week wildlife officials relocated twelve of Arizona's Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep from Morenci Mine property to the South Fork area of the Little Colorado River in eastern Arizona. This was part of a continued effort to increase the population of the bighorns in Arizona. Read the full story here.