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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I have some very good friends who are hunters and fishermen and I applaud their love of the outdoors and their $$ contributions to various wildlife causes via their license tags.................The philosophy that I want to encourage further among all who shoot, trap and fish is that their love of nature must extend to the entire natural system,the carnivores and the non-game animals-----not only the animals and fish that they pursue in their outdoor endeavors............Once again citing the person who hits the nail squarely regarding the importance about optimizing the circle of life is our great 20th century naturalist Aldo Leopold -----“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, "What good is it?" ..........."If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not"............. "If the biota, in the course of eons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts?"......... "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering"

From: AZGFD []
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:43 PM
To: Meril, Rick
Subject: Contributions of hunters, anglers benefit everyone



Sept. 21, 2016 

Contributions of hunters, 
anglers benefit everyone 
Gov. Doug Ducey signs proclamation 
honoring original conservationists

PHOENIX – Even if you don't actively participate in the
 time-honored traditions of hunting or angling, National 
Hunting and Fishing Day is a day of celebration for

Whatever your interest in wildlife, hunters and 
anglers – the original conservationists – have made 
countless contributions over the decades to the 
conservation of fish and wildlife through sound, 
science-based management.

Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed a proclamation
celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on 
Saturday, as well as recognizing the role that the
 state's hunting and angling community plays as 
an economic driver.

It's important to understand how those outdoor
 pursuits benefit wildlife. Since 1939, hunters and 
anglers have generated more than $15 billion 
toward wildlife restoration through an excise tax
 imposed on the sale of hunting, angling and 
shooting-sports equipment.

Those funds are administered by the federal 
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR)
 program, one of the most significant programs
 benefitting wildlife conservation and outdoor 

recreation. WSFR funds, along with the sale of 
hunting and fishing licenses, provide a substantial 
portion of wildlife conservation funding for activities 
 such as fish and wildlife population management,
 habitat management, research, surveys, land
 acquisition, hunter education, shooting and 
archery ranges, boating access, and more.

Who benefits? The general public gets better
 stewardship of natural resources. Hunters and 
anglers get more and better places to hunt and f
ish. State and federal agencies receive more funds 
to meet their conservation needs.

More than 786,000 Arizona hunters and anglers 
certainly are doing their part to keep the state in t
he black, spending more than $1.2 billion annually
 and supporting 18,220 jobs, according to the latest 
report (2011) by the Congressional Sportsmen's
Foundation. As a result, $132 million in state and
 local taxes, and another $155 million in federal 
taxes, are collected annually.

"I want to thank Gov. Ducey for this proclamation 
that recognizes hunters and anglers as the 
cornerstone of conservation in Arizona," said
 Edward "Pat" Madden, chairman of the Arizona
 Game and Fish Commission. "They are being 
recognized for job creation, financial impact, 
conservation efforts and wildlife enhancement.

"On their day, the citizens of Arizona should take
 a moment and thank a hunter or angler for their 
contributions to our state."   

As part of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the
 Arizona Game and Fish Department will be 
hosting a free public fishing event as part of
 "Verde River Days" at Dead Horse Ranch State
 Park. For more information, including a listing of 
additional free public fishing events statewide in 
October, visit


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