SEPT, 2012 "In The Crosshairs"

In The Crosshairs Newsletter


September 28, 2012

  Delisting Captive Antelope Herds "May Be Warranted":  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a 90 day finding on a petition filed by Safari Club International to delist the U.S. captive populations of the scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle and addax.  The Service announced that the delisting sought by SCI “may be warranted” based on the information that SCI included in its petition and the information already in the agency’s files.  The FWS made the same determination on a delisting petition filed by the Exotic Wildlife Association.  Now that the Service has issued its “may be warranted” finding, the agency is required to issue a finding of whether or not delisting of three populations “is warranted” on or before May 31, 2013.  SCI also has an ongoing suit against the FWS that challenges the Service’s decision to include the U.S. captive herds of the three species in its endangered listing of the species in the wild. 

  Hunting, Fishing Rebound In U.S.:  “More Americans are heading outdoors to hunt and fish for fun, reversing a two-decade-long decline among adults.  Eleven percent more Americans (ages 16 and older) fished and 9% more hunted in 2011 than in 2006, according to a new five-year survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The kids went, too. Of those ages 6 to 15, 13% more hunted (from 1.6 million to a record 1.8 million) and 2% more fished (from 8.3 million to 8.5 million) during the same period. The preliminary state-by-state data were released this month.” (Source: USAToday) To read more, visit

  Ryan Outfits Daughter With Deer-Hunting Gear"Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) – Gearing up for deer-hunting season, Rep. Paul Ryan bought hunting clothes for his daughter to go with the rifle the Republican vice presidential nominee gave her for Christmas. ‘She's hunted with me but this is the first time she gets to do the hunting herself,’ Ryan said of daughter Liza. ‘She's 10 years old and you can hunt starting at 10. I got her a rifle for Christmas last year and so I'm getting her ready.’” (Source: CNN) To read more, visit

  Gov. Brown Signs Bill Outlawing Hound Hunts; Bear Hunters Outraged:  “Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill outlawing the use of hounds to hunt bear in California. ‘I'm pissed,’ said Irv Corbin, who lives in Cottonwood and is secretary of the California Houndsmen for Conservation. ‘It just means that they don't listen to the people,’ Corbin said. He said he didn't know if his organization would try to block the bill from becoming law. Jim Epting, of Oroville, said he has been hunting bear using hounds since he was a small boy, learning from his father and grandfather. ‘It's devastating to a lot of us. To a lot of us, it's a way of life,’ Epting said. While many north state hunters were upset when they heard the news, officials with the Humane Society of the United States applauded the governor's action.” (Source: To read more, visit

  Zimbabwe: Officials Defy Order To Stop Hunting In Save:  “Some senior Zanu-PF and Government officials who received hunting licenses and quotas for the Save Valley Conservancy have continued with the activities in defiance of the Politburo's decision to stop them. Observers believe the officials are taking advantage of a vacuum created after the Politburo's resolution to form a committee to look at disturbances at the conservancy. The Politburo wants the conservancy to be turned into a national park. It, however, appointed a committee of Ministers Ignatius Chombo (Local Government, Rural and Urban Development), Herbert Murerwa (Lands, Land Reforms and Resettlement), Francis Nhema (Environment and Natural Resources Management) and Walter Mzembi (Tourism and Hospitality Industry) to look into issues affecting operations at the conservancy.” (Source: To read more, visit

  National Public Lands Day:  “(Phoenix, AZ) - On Saturday, September 29 National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps that worked from 1933 to 1942 to preserve and protect America’s heritage, alive by engaging citizens in the enhancement of natural and cultural resources. In 2011, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at 2,067 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. These NPLD volunteers: Collected an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, Built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places, Contributed an estimated $17 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country.” (Source: To read more visit For more information on National Public Lands Day, visit


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