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Friday, February 26, 2016

RMEF Hails Passage of SHARE Act

Measure includes amendment to remove gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming from the Endangered Species Act

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation hails the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The bipartisan vote for H.R. 2406 was 242-161 in favor.

Lawmakers amended the bill on the House floor to reinstate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to delist the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming from the Endangered Species Act.

“This is key legislation for sportsmen and women on many different fronts,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Regarding wildlife management, the wolf population is more than 100 percent above recovery goals in the Great Lakes and more than 200 percent above recovery goals in Wyoming. It is vital that wolves are again managed by state agencies which manage all other species.”

SHARE Act highlights:
     
·         Requires Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands be open for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting unless specifically closed
·         Extends/increases states’ authority to allocate Pittman-Robertson funding for acquiring land for expanding/constructing public shooting ranges
·         Makes existing exemption from EPA regulation for lead shot permanent, adds lead tackle as an exempted product
·         Requires U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to consider the priority public uses as hunting and fishing when adding new lands to National Wildlife Refuge System
·         Provides for the use of volunteers from the hunting community to cull excess animals on BLM, USFS, FWS and National Park System lands

“We call on the Senate to follow the lead of their colleagues in the House and approve this legislation so it can be sent to President Obama’s desk and signed into law,” added Allen.

4 comments:

  1. It's about time. We need to encourage passage of this legislation in all the Rocky Mountain states. I'm not a wolf hater, but the policies that keep them on the endangered list long after they are well-established and flourishing is irresponsible. What kind of conservationist allows the top of the food chain to be protected while they take down huge numbers of elk, deer, and domestic cattle unabated. We need to preserve the wolf as well as the other species in a balanced manner considering pack and herd numbers, available land, water, food sources, and winter kill. Ethical hunting quotas are the best means to maintain this balance among all species.

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  2. Similar legislation is already in place covering Montana and Idaho.

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  4. This is great news. Animal rights groups are continually trying to rewrite the agreements entered into, in good faith, from state and federal agencies on the goals of recovery species. When a species is flourishing and recovered they need to be de-listed from the ESA and put back into the management process so that the entire ecosystem can flourish.

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