September 1, 2009 |
The gray wolf, virtually exterminated in the West in the early 20th century, will be hunted once again in Idaho beginning today after a successful reintroduction program saw populations of the predator bloom across much of the northern Rocky Mountains. Though a federal judge has been asked to intervene, new state laws call for wolf hunts to begin today in two parts of Idaho, followed by hunts in much of the rest of the state and in Montana later this month. Protected under the federal Endangered Species Act since 1973, when they were nearly extinct in the continental United States, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and parts of Idaho in the 1990s and have since formed a large number of hunting and breeding packs that are beginning to range as far as Oregon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2010 |
The state Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday not to expand bear hunting grounds in California or eliminate the cap on the number of bears that can be killed each season. The commission decided not to make changes to existing regulations after the Department of Fish and Game, which initially urged the changes, reversed its position Tuesday afternoon because it had been deluged with public comments. Officials said they had not had time to respond to them all. By law, all comments must be answered before changes are made.
March 24, 2009 |
Canada's annual seal hunt started Monday, under pressure from a possible European Union ban on imported seal products. The world's largest marine mammal hunt was called "inherently inhumane" this month by a European Parliament committee that endorsed the bill to ban the import of seal products to the 27-member union. Animal rights groups say the hunt is cruel and difficult to monitor and ravages the seal population.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2010 |
As outdoor activities in California go, bear hunting is not particularly popular. Officials estimate that, at most, 1% of the state's population hunts black bears. Many of the other 99% are appalled that anyone does. "I think most people think of it as an anachronism," said state Fish and Game Commissioner Michael Sutton, who speculates that the state's voters may soon ban the practice. Bear hunting has come a long way since the 1920s, when ranchers and farmers wiped out the grizzly, leaving its sole California presence on the state flag.
July 19, 2005 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to expand hunting at two national wildlife refuges in California. Lands that were once used by a hunting club were added to Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Sacramento and would be open for public duck hunting from blinds. And hunting would be expanded to include half of the Sacramento River National Refuge; about 80% of the 10,326-acre unit would be open to fishing and wildlife viewing.
September 8, 1990
Thanks so much for showing the picture of Gene Fuson of Hollywood with his huge shotgun and the tiny little bird he killed with it. It showed just what a wonderful "sport" dove hunting really is. LEILA McDERMOTT Granada Hills
June 21, 2003
NO animal should die for the sake of human pleasure, whether in the fur farm, in the slaughterhouse or on the hunting range ("Intelligent 'Hunting' Leaps Into the Fray," by Howard Rosenberg, June 16). Hunting is a purely cruel and pointless recreational activity that is morally reprehensible. There is nothing artistic or beautiful about the needless killing of animals. Anyone who appreciates the beauty of an animal must capture the beauty of the beast alone -- with a camera and not with a gun!
August 28, 2010 |
Roger McCulloch skipped a grizzly bear hunt in Alaska to drive 18 hours to Florida with one mission: shoot an alligator with bow and arrow. "I love gator hunting," said McCulloch, who owns an Ohio construction business. "It's just the rush of it. I've hunted everything — caribou, bear, elk. Gators are tough critters. " Special rules govern the bagging of gators. Hunters are not allowed to use guns. Instead, they may use a pole, spear, bow and arrow, or rod and reel to catch the animal, then use a bang stick — a pole with an explosive charge on the end — to dispatch it point-blank before bringing it into a boat.
August 17, 1990 |
It's the year 2000, and things have settled down at the California Department of Fish. All hunting has been banned in the state since the old Department of Fish and Game lost its last case in court in the early 1990s. When Cleveland Amory became the new director, his first move was to strike half of the department's title. His second was to fire all the biologists who advocated killing any wildlife species--furry or feathered--as a management tool. There is no longer any game management.
March 2, 1998 |
A quarter-million people poured into London on Sunday to protest a government they say threatens their rural way of life. From the grouse moors of Scotland and the green valleys of Wales and England, landowners and laborers, fox hunters and their opponents brought their diverse grievances to the capital in Britain's largest single demonstration since antinuclear marches in the early 1980s.