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https://www.nwpb.org/2020/07/07/interior-secretary-grizzlies-will-not-be-brought-back-to-washingtons-north-cascades/#:~:text=Efforts%20to%20introduce%20more%20grizzly,Tuesday%2C%20after%20years%20of%20debate.

Efforts to introduce more grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades have come to a halt. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced he’s putting a stop to the plans Tuesday, after years of debate.

“The Trump administration is committed to being a good neighbor, and the people who live and work in north-central Washington have made their voices clear that they do not want grizzly bears reintroduced into the North Cascades,” Bernhardt wrote in a news release. “Grizzly bears are not in danger of extinction, and Interior will continue to build on its conservation successes managing healthy grizzly bear populations across their existing range.”

Conservation groups have said they are “weighing options” about what to do next. Ranching and cattle groups applauded the decision, saying more predators present challenges for their members.

“Ranchers and public lands users in these communities face overwhelming losses and impacts from huge gray wolf populations, and when paired with the economic hardship of the coronavirus pandemic, the introduction of yet another apex-predator would prove devastating,” said Kaitlynn Glover, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Four Alternatives
For five years, the federal government worked on four alternatives to introduce grizzly bears into Washington’s North Cascades. The plans included doing nothing and slowly introducing up to 25 bears over a decade. The goal would have been to have around 200 bears in the recovery zone within the next century.

Biologists estimate there are only a handful of grizzlies left in the region. They say there are so few grizzlies, the bears won’t recover on their own in Washington.

Recovery efforts have been ongoing in Washington for decades, but it hasn’t worked, said Chase Gunnell with Conservation Northwest. The group has supported introducing more grizzlies to the North Cascades.

Gunnell said the Endangered Species Act requires the federal government to help restore grizzlies in the North Cascades.

“The science is very clear that grizzlies will not naturally recover in the North Cascades. This landscape is simply too fragmented and too disconnected from other populations farther north in British Columbia and to the east in the Northern Rocky Mountains,” Gunnell said.

In 2018, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who grew up near grizzlies in Montana, said he was “in support of the great bear.”

“When done right by professional management, the grizzly can return harmony to the ecosystem,” Zinke said at the time.

But the idea faced pushback from ranchers who felt unheard and worried about additional predators on the landscape.

Congressman Against Grizzly Plan
After scoping meetings, public hearings, webinars and informal updates at meetings across the region, Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse, whose large district includes the north-central Washington region, requested more public meetings with his constituents in Okanogan County. Many residents there said they didn’t feel they’d been heard throughout the comment process.

Around 450 people came to the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 for a public meeting about possible grizzly bear reintroduction in the North Cascades. Most voiced opposition to the idea, including U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents much of central Washington. CREDIT: Courtney Flatt/NWPBLONG DESCRIPTION
Around 450 people came to the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 for a public meeting about possible grizzly bear reintroduction in the North Cascades. Most voiced opposition to the idea, including U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents much of central Washington. CREDIT: Courtney Flatt/NWPB

At a public meeting last year, Newhouse told the crowd to cheers and applause, “I think you all know where I stand on this issue. I don’t think the science supports it. I think it’s against state law. I don’t think the local communities want it.”

Most people at the 2019 Okanogan meeting did not want to see more grizzlies brought into the North Cascades.

The most recent announcement Tuesday came during a round-table in Omak, where people were able to give feedback on the decision.

Several conservation groups said they were frustrated that they weren’t allowed to attend.

“It’s a really disappointing way to end what has been a very public and open process,” Jasmine Minbashian, with the Methow Valley Citizens Council, said Tuesday in an interview.

Minbashian said many people who live in the recovery zone support grizzly reintroduction efforts.

“(Newhouse and Bernhardt) are listening to just a small part of their constituents. … If people have concerns, the right approach is to bring people together to talk about it and work out solutions,” Minbashian said. “The right approach is not letting grizzlies in the North Cascades go extinct on our watch.”

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Polls / June P.O.M. Contest (VOTE)
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:39:44 AM »
God Luck All!!!............ :hello:

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Turkey / Re: Opening Day Success!!!
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:28:58 PM »
Thanks It's my new LUCKY HAT!!! It was the first time I wore it.   :cool:

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I shoot mine all the time.  :cool:


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Photography / Re: June P.O.M. Contest!!!
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:11:13 AM »
 Due to the Site being Hacked we will exstend The June P.O.M. until July 5 at 12:00pm..........Thanks

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Photography / July P.O.M. Contest!!!
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:09:44 AM »
This month the Theme is Open. Any picture can be entered...
Rules:
1. Pictures can be shot anywhere, as long as they are shot by you.
2. ONE picture with a maximum length on the long side of the photo must be no more than 800 pixels.(If either side of your image is larger than 800 resolution it must be re-sized to comply.)
3. If you win one month, you are out the next.
4. Anyone can submit images including moderators.  This is because the winner will be chosen by the site on an anonymous poll at the end of the month.
5. Winners will have their picture put on the front page of the site.
6. No artistic creations are allowed.  In general, if you are taking something out of the photo it's ok but if you are adding something to an image or changing the original intent of your image and subject it isn't allowed.  For example, adding in more antler on a deer, cloning in more birds, or adding in rain/snow is no longer allowed. However, if you take the color out and make it black and white, clone out a barb wire fence that was distracting, or sharpen an image that is OK.  The intent of this contest is for natural captures only although other artistic creations can be posted in the photo section.  HDR is allowed.  This is a subjective area to judge and we will have to judge if you have gone too far in post process.
7. Theme: Open
8. If you accidentally enter two Images the last one that you submitted will be entered in the Contest.
9. Images will be accepted for the contest until the Poll for that month is put up.

Proposed POM Schedule:
January - Snow/Winter
February - Open
March - Predators
April - Open
May - Birds
June - Fishing
July - Open
August - Velvet
September - Elk
October - Fall
November - Open
December - Harvest Photos. Any picture can be entered
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General Discussion / Site Hacked
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:07:46 AM »
Our Site was Hacked but is finally up and running. We lost some images and posts.  :hello:

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Photography / Re: May P.O.M. Contest
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:51:48 PM »
Sorry texasred I had to disquilify your entry per the rules. No image larger than 800 per side. Your's is 1000. Feel free to resize it and repost the image in any month that says Open. The next one is in July. Thanks

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General Discussion / May P.O.M. Winner Announced
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:49:09 PM »
Congrats to Dennis Kirkland for Winning our May P.O.M. Contest!!! 

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Photography / June P.O.M. Contest!!!
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:41:06 PM »
This month the Theme is Fishing. Any picture can be entered...
Rules:
1. Pictures can be shot anywhere, as long as they are shot by you.
2. ONE picture with a maximum length on the long side of the photo must be no more than 800 pixels.(If either side of your image is larger than 800 resolution it must be re-sized to comply.)
3. If you win one month, you are out the next.
4. Anyone can submit images including moderators.  This is because the winner will be chosen by the site on an anonymous poll at the end of the month.
5. Winners will have their picture put on the front page of the site.
6. No artistic creations are allowed.  In general, if you are taking something out of the photo it's ok but if you are adding something to an image or changing the original intent of your image and subject it isn't allowed.  For example, adding in more antler on a deer, cloning in more birds, or adding in rain/snow is no longer allowed. However, if you take the color out and make it black and white, clone out a barb wire fence that was distracting, or sharpen an image that is OK.  The intent of this contest is for natural captures only although other artistic creations can be posted in the photo section.  HDR is allowed.  This is a subjective area to judge and we will have to judge if you have gone too far in post process.
7. Theme: Fishing
8. If you accidentally enter two Images the last one that you submitted will be entered in the Contest.
9. Images will be accepted for the contest until the Poll for that month is put up.

Proposed POM Schedule:
January - Snow/Winter
February - Open
March - Predators
April - Open
May - Birds
June - Fishing
July - Open
August - Velvet
September - Elk
October - Fall
November - Open
December - Harvest Photos. Any picture can be entered
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General Discussion / Bear attacks cyclist in Montana
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:44:10 AM »
https://www.foxnews.com/science/grizzly-bear-injures-bicyclist-near-big-sky-in-montana   :shocked:

A cyclist was attacked and critically injured by a grizzly bear near Big Sky in Montana on Monday.

A man in his 60s was mountain biking alone on a trail on private property in the Spanish Peaks Community near Big Sky, Montana, according to the Billings Gazette.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen confirmed that initial investigations revealed the mountain biker probably suprised the bear when he came around a sharp turn on the trail.

"It does not look like a predatory attack," Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette.

A grizzly bear is seen above in Glacier National Park, Montana, United States of America, North America.

The biker, who escaped the bear and got help from a passing motorist, was airlifted to a Billings hospital and is in critical but stable condition, according to Jacobsen.

Authorities closed the trail while the investigation continues.

Jacobsen encourages people who are hiking, biking or resting in bear territory to make sure they have bear spray, stay in groups and avoid areas with animal carcasses.

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Turkey / Opening Day Success!!!
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:56:30 PM »
I called in three Toms at daylight and took the biggest one. He is the largest bodied Turkey that I have ever taken!!! I shot him with my Winchester 101.  :cool:

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Photography / May P.O.M. Contest
« on: May 02, 2020, 11:48:39 AM »
This month the Theme is Birds. Any picture can be entered...
Rules:
1. Pictures can be shot anywhere, as long as they are shot by you.
2. ONE picture with a maximum length on the long side of the photo must be no more than 800 pixels.(If either side of your image is larger than 800 resolution it must be re-sized to comply.)
3. If you win one month, you are out the next.
4. Anyone can submit images including moderators.  This is because the winner will be chosen by the site on an anonymous poll at the end of the month.
5. Winners will have their picture put on the front page of the site.
6. No artistic creations are allowed.  In general, if you are taking something out of the photo it's ok but if you are adding something to an image or changing the original intent of your image and subject it isn't allowed.  For example, adding in more antler on a deer, cloning in more birds, or adding in rain/snow is no longer allowed. However, if you take the color out and make it black and white, clone out a barb wire fence that was distracting, or sharpen an image that is OK.  The intent of this contest is for natural captures only although other artistic creations can be posted in the photo section.  HDR is allowed.  This is a subjective area to judge and we will have to judge if you have gone too far in post process.
7. Theme: Birds
8. If you accidentally enter two Images the last one that you submitted will be entered in the Contest.
9. Images will be accepted for the contest until the Poll for that month is put up.

Proposed POM Schedule:
January - Snow/Winter
February - Open
March - Predators
April - Open
May - Birds
June - Fishing
July - Open
August - Velvet
September - Elk
October - Fall
November - Open
December - Harvest Photos. Any picture can be entered
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General Discussion / April P.O.M. Contest Winner Announced!!!
« on: May 02, 2020, 11:39:09 AM »
Congrats to TerryWSmith for Winning our April P.O.M. Contest!!!!................. :hello:



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Fishing / Jay Inslee Closed Fishing?
« on: April 18, 2020, 04:08:16 PM »
What a MORON!!!    :yeahthat:

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