CITES CoP17 Committee Takes Action on Species Proposals

The CITES Conference of Parties (CoP17) Committee I – the Committee that reviews species-based proposals – has made recommendations on three different proposals. Now out of Committee, these proposals will be voted on in plenary by the CITES Parties during the final days of the CoP17. The plenary vote will very likely adopt the Committee’s …

Pre-CITES Win: Polar Bears Off CoP17 Agenda

Anti-Hunting Groups Strike Out with Polar Bear Science Something big is missing from the CITES agenda at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this month in Johannesburg. In an early win for Safari Club and for the first time in years of debate, polar bears will not be discussed on the CITES floor. Fighting anti-hunting …

SCI Foundation Joins the Wild Harvest Initiative

SCI Foundation has recently partnered with Conservation Visions Inc. and committed to supporting the ongoing Wild Harvest Initiative (WHI). The initiative is a collaborative effort among the hunting and wildlife conservation community to estimate the nutritional and economic value of recreational wild protein harvest across all of North America. The WHI is the first attempt …

CITES Issue: Wood Bison

SCI and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) are addressing several of the key issues surrounding the upcoming 2017 CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this fall in Johannesburg, South Africa, in an ongoing “CITES Issues” blog series. This week’s article focuses on a positive proposal on a species that also highlights our successful wildlife conservation …

Reducing Human-Grizzly Bear Conflict in British Columbia

The grizzly bear is an iconic Western species that is highly sensitive to habitat fragmentation. Grizzlies were extirpated from most of their range in North America in the 1800’s, and today persist in only the most remote wilderness areas. The grizzly subpopulation in British Columbia is especially important, as it connects bears in the contiguous …

Weekly Update: Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project

The Ya Ha Tinda Elk Project is a fourteen year, ongoing research initiative on the elk population of the Ya Ha Tinda (YHT) ecosystem in Alberta. Once one of the largest migratory elk populations in Canada, the YHT herd has experienced significant declines since the mid-1990s. In 2013, SCI Foundation partnered with the University of …

Weekly Update: Newfoundland Caribou Project Reveals Habitat Key to Sustainable Management

For over eight years, SCI Foundation has partnered with the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation to support a major research program on Newfoundland Island’s woodland caribou population. The long-term scientific study has made these caribou one of the best studied wildlife populations in the world. We are pleased to …