Issue of the Week: Pittman-Robertson Act

States such as Michigan, Alaska and Texas have received millions of dollars for habitat restoration and wildlife conservation efforts. The source of this funding stems from a piece of legislation that, thanks to today’s sportsmen and women, is experiencing a major boost. Sadly, many are unaware of this law that generates billions for wildlife conservation, …

Issue of the Week: Guard Dogs Can Reduce Conflicts with Predators

Large predators, like wolves and mountain lions, are reappearing in landscapes throughout the western United States. This conservation success story; however, brings new challenges as predators interfere with livestock ranchers. As SCI Foundation discussed in the “Issue of the week: Social Tolerance of Wildlife,” livestock can become part of the food chain as an easy …

Namibia: A Model For Conservation

Last week, Senator Coon (D-DE) hosted a delegation from Namibia to report on recent conservation successes.  Namibian conservationist and Co-Director of Integrated Rural Development and Nature, John Kasaona, as well as members from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Namibia shared the country’s history and tremendous efforts dedicated to establishing paramount wildlife management programs. Before Namibia’s independence, …

Issue of the Week: Hemorrhagic Diseases

For decades deer have suffered from a persistent disease that attacks their blood cells and causes hemorrhaging. The disease is caused by viruses in the epizootic hemorrhagic (EHD) and bluetongue (BT) virus groups, and it is fatal.  Over the past 20 years, researchers have isolated nearly 800 EHD and BT viruses. Since the disease symptoms …

Check Out Our Blog’s New Weekly Content!

Safari Club International Foundation’s new and improved “First for Wildlife” blog is your first stop for conservation news, emerging issues and updates. Beginning this month we will post our “Conservation Issue of the Week” every Tuesday. These posts will cover a wide range of issues SCI Foundation finds interesting, educational and beneficial to conservation efforts. …

Kenai Moose Predation Study Update

Safari Club International Foundation recently contributed $20,000 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) for moose population research on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. This research will aid wildlife biologists in analyzing what factors may be contributing to a decline in the local moose population. This information will provide wildlife managers with a …

Sitkalidak Island Predator Habitat Study Update

Sitkalidak Island is the third largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago of Alaska. These Alaskan islands are celebrated for their abundance of unscathed wild landscapes and provide fantastic hunting and fishing opportunities. Wild salmon streams are among the plentiful natural resources on the island, drawing particular interest from Kodiak brown bears.  Although this brown bear …

International Wildlife Management Symposium: Managing Wildlife in the Next Century

In late 2011, the International Wildlife Management Symposium met near Vancouver, British Columbia, and was attended by wildlife biologists and hunters from multiple countries. Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) was a sponsor of the meeting, supporting its theme; Managing Wildlife in the Next Century. SCI member Shane Mahoney gave a riveting keynote address entitled, Why …

Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflict

We can all agree that wildlife has value. The value that people associate with wildlife can take multiple forms, one of which is the importance of wildlife to human Society. When a species loses its societal value, the regard for the well-being of individual animals and the overall population status of the species may diminish. …

Iberian Ibex Parasitology

SCIF has partnered with researchers in Spain to investigate the factors influencing the transmission of maladies like sarcoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabiei) in Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica). It appears that seasonal changes in grooming behavior may be highly influential. This research builds on the growing body of knowledge that goes beyond immunity to study the mechanical …