Motivating People, Managing Bears: The 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop

  A bear is running at you at 30 mph, 44 feet per second, if it is 88 feet away, will be on you in 2 seconds flat. Bear spray takes roughly 2-5 seconds to deploy, and while it is roughly 92% effective. Firearms can be easier to use but are often slightly less effective …

Black Bear Management in the Modern World

As I drive through the woods of Pennsylvania, I pass Civil War battlefields and old colonial era towns on my way from Washington, DC into black bear country. Bears are increasingly active across these Appalachian hills, as spring brings warmer weather, fresh green up, and newborn fawns. I’m headed to a small mountain town called …

Livestock Grazing and the Greater Sage-Grouse

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is an icon of the western United States. Its conservation status has been steeped in controversy for many years, as various groups petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) eight times since 1999 to list the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, in September 2015 the decades …

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 …

North American Wildlife Conservation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsybqzoIpmc SCI Foundation’s North American conservation program has worked on every big game species on the continent. As you head out into the field this fall, remember all that SCI Foundation does for the wildlife you hunt. Learn more about these highlighted projects here: Alaska Wood Bison Reintroduction Mojave Mule Deer Project Newfoundland Caribou Project …

Community-Based Hunting Programs are Driving Force for Markhor Recovery in Pakistan

Deep in the tribal territories of northern Pakistan, a group of village elders meets with bearded foreigners carrying rifles. They discuss recent conflicts in the region while looking at topographic maps, plotting access into some of the world's most remote mountain passes. No, this isn’t a Navy SEALs movie; it’s a hunting story. The foreigners …

CITES Issue: Cape Mountain Zebra

The 2016 CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) is fast approaching this September in South Africa. SCI and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) are addressing the key CITES issues in an ongoing blog series, previously covering African lions, wood bison and secret ballot voting. This week’s issue comes from another positive proposal for the international …