Kodiak Brown Bears Thrive on Sitkalidak Island

Native Americans and brown bears have coexisted in the Kodiak archipelago for thousands of years. Here in the western Gulf of Alaska, a rich coastal ecosystem and genetic isolation has led to the evolution of the legendarily large Kodiak brown bear subspecies. Hunting these famous bears is not only a spiritual experience, but provides Native …

Hunter Harvest Provides Data for Monitoring Moose in Montana

Moose populations are susceptible to large population swings in the southern extent of their range, including the Shiras subspecies in Montana’s Rocky Mountain west. Here hunter harvest levels have been slowly declining over the past two decades, with state issued permits dropping 40% from 1995 to 2010. The shared concern of hunters and state wildlife …

Wild Harvest Initiative Makes Progress Acquiring Big Data

In a recent update from Conservation Visions Inc., the Wild Harvest Initiative has made significant progress acquiring data from public online sources and jurisdictional representatives. The initiative, funded by SCI Foundation and a coalition of hunting organizations, is working to estimate the value of recreational wild protein harvest from the 15.5 million hunters and 37 million …

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 …

Florida Wildlife Commission Cancels Bear Hunt Despite Science

Despite the recommendation of the state’s own wildlife management experts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”) voted 4 to 3 not to hold a black bear hunt in 2016. Commissioners Aliese Priddy, Charles Roberts and Richard Hanas voted in favor of the hunt; Commissioners Brian Yablonski, Bo Rivard, Robert Spottswood, and Ron Bergeron …