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Protect Wildlife from Killing Contests

Protect Wildlife from Killing Contests | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Believe it or not, the practice of hunting non-game fur-bearing mammals in contests is still alive and well in California. What’s more, cash prizes, known as inducements, are still being offered to participants who senselessly shoot and kill mammals such as coyotes, bears, bobcats and foxes. 

"However, the California Fish and Game Commission, the regulatory body that governs such activities, is now considering action to reduce this senseless killing for sport by making it illegal to offer inducements. This change in regulation will serve to clarify existing law surrounding the “take” i.e. hunting of nongame mammals in hunting contests.

"Tell the California Fish and Game Commission that you support its proposed rulemaking to end inducements for hunting contests for nongame fur-bearing mammals." 

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GR:  Haven't we reached the point at which we decide to begin protecting, not killing wildlife?  Sign the petition and add a note telling the California Fish and Game Commission that they should stop licensing hunting and work harder to protect wildlife.

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North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee

North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"California wildlife officials are asking the public to help watch for sick waterfowl that may be suffering because of the drought. Avian botulism is more likely to spread when birds cluster in small pockets of water. Already, hundreds of dead birds have been reported at three locations across the state, including the canal that bisects Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.  

"Add another casualty to California’s prolonged and punishing drought: Wildlife officials warned this week that dry conditions in the state’s Central Valley could have a devastating effect on North American waterfowl.

"The Central Valley is recognized as the most important resting and wintering ground on the Pacific Flyway, a global migratory path for millions of ducks, geese and other birds. About 5 million waterfowl spend the winter on state and federal wildlife refuge areas and flooded rice fields in the Central Valley each winter.

"This year, the worst drought in a generation means those Central Valley habitats have been dramatically reduced in size. Wildlife refuges have had their state and federal water supplies cut by 25 percent. Rice acreage has been reduced by a similar amount as farmers also have endured water cutbacks.

"As a result, millions of migrating birds will be crowded into less habitat, significantly increasing the odds of botulism outbreaks, which spread rapidly and can kill thousands of birds in a matter of days. The problem is not limited to rural areas but can affect waterfowl drawn to urban water bodies as well. Officials also are concerned the drought could cause food shortages.

"Already, at least 1,700 waterfowl have died at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge near the...."


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/30/6593565/drought-contributing-to-waterfowl.html#mi_rss=Environment#storylink=cpy

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MyLuso's curator insight, August 3, 12:55 PM

This is a very sad consequence of the drought...

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Speak up for California's Tricolored Blackbirds - Audubon California

Speak up for California's Tricolored Blackbirds - Audubon California | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Responding to an alarming drop in the rare bird’s numbers, the California Fish and Game Commission this Wednesday will consider an emergency listing of the Tricolored Blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act. A statewide survey completed this summer shows a 44 percent decline in Tricolored Blackbirds since 2011. Audubon California is in favor of an emergency listing, but is also committed to continuing our partnerships with the agricultural industry.

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With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California

With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
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