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Hybrid striped bass introduced into Caballo Lake

Hybrid striped bass introduced into Caballo Lake

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish just released over 40,000 hybrid striped bass into Caballo Lake in southern New Mexico. This story illustrates the absurdity of introducing a fish that is a hybrid of two nonnative, piscivorous (fish-eating) species into the state’s waters. There is no conservation value in introducing this fish, only the intention to increase fishing license sales.

Press Release: Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Votes to Permanently Eliminate Recreational Spring Bear Hunting

Press Release: Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Votes to Permanently Eliminate Recreational Spring Bear Hunting

Press Release, Washington Wildlife First

Today, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 to eliminate recreational spring bear hunting.

“‘We thank the Commissioners for their courage, dedication to scientific integrity and ethical wildlife management, and commitment to representing the values of the people of Washington,’ says Samantha Bruegger, executive director of Washington Wildlife First.”

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A Bear Hunt is not the Answer, Governor Murphy

A Bear Hunt is not the Answer, Governor Murphy

By Elissa Frank

“We need to resolve human-bear conflicts using sound science, and we humans must adopt common sense behaviors…Trophy hunting has no role to play in mitigating the kind of human-bear conflict characteristic of our state.” 

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Wildlife conference braces for discord after including advocacy groups

Wildlife conference braces for discord after including advocacy groups

By Eli Francovich

A key component of Wildlife For All is our belief that wildlife management should be democratic and inclusive of the public’s values and interests. The controversy over being included at The Wildlife Society conference this week in Spokane exemplifies the dominance the sporting and gun industry has in wildlife management.

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The Free Agent Beaver

The Free Agent Beaver

From The Revelator

“Beavers are too often seen as a tool for humans, rather than animals with their own agency and agenda.”

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Montana killing generates moral outrage and casts spotlight on our speciesism

Montana killing generates moral outrage and casts spotlight on our speciesism

From NPR

Recently in Montana, a woman posted on social media that she “smoked a wolf pup” while out hunting bear. The problem is that she didn’t – she killed a domestic husky who’d been dumped in the area earlier that week. The commentary and news stories that followed the event highlight people’s “speciesism,” or preference for one species over another. After all, wolves and dogs may share the same wolf ancestors. The story provoked an outpouring of moral outrage and renewed questions over why Montana’s wolves can be hunted at all. 

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Lessons of a Fish & Wildlife Commissioner

Lessons of a Fish & Wildlife Commissioner

By Fred Koontz

In this article for The Wild Felid Monitor, former Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commissioner, Fred Koontz, discusses the looming issue facing wildlife commissions across the U.S.: whose values count most in determining fish and wildlife priorities, regulations, and policies?

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