Wildlife plates help support nongame wildlife programs

The interest group, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife-ID was complaining about these plates. Later Nate Helm, their E. D. posted, saying SFW-ID just wanted to make clear the plates do not provide support for hunted wildlife — “game.”

Yes, and Idaho Fish and Game just put out a news release indicating so. I would urge Idahoans to buy the plates, and buy a hunting or fishing license too, even if you don’t hunt or fish because that helps wildlife too. Ralph M.

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Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters News Release
Boise, ID

Date: January 8, 2007
Contact: Ed Mitchell
(208) 334-3700

Wildlife [license] plates help support nongame wildlife programs

More than 80 percent of Idaho’s wild creatures-523 species including songbirds, waterbirds, raptors, small mammals,reptiles and amphibians, and threatened and endangered wildlife-are classified as “nongame wildlife.”

Nongame wildlife is not normally hunted, fished or trapped, but is found in every corner of Idaho. Robins in our backyards, the elusive wolverine of Idaho’s high mountain ranges, pygmy rabbits in the sagebrush deserts, and frogs in Idaho’s wetlands are just a few of our nongame animals.

Formal funding of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s nongame wildlife program began when the Legislature approved a state income tax check-off on the 1981 tax form, which still continues as an important source of program income today.

In 1992, the Idaho Legislature passed the wildlife license plate bill that allowed a portion of the wildlife license plate proceeds to benefit the nongame wildlife program.

The bluebird plate became available in 1993. The elk plate was added in 1998 and the cutthroat trout plate in 2003. Wildlife plates are available at the vehicle licensing offices of every county assessor. Of the $35 special plate fee, the nongame wildlife program gets $25 from the purchase of a new bluebird plate, and $15 from each annual plate renewal. The elk and trout plates bring in slightly less because they also support elk disease research and non-motorized boating access, respectively.

The nongame wildlife program receives no money from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and tags and no general tax funds from the State. The wildlife plates provide about 95% of state-based nongame wildlife program funding, helping to pay for projects like annual bald eagles counts and the new Idaho Birding Trail as well as the Project WILD and Wildlife Express conservation education programs for teachers and students.

Wildlife plate funds also provide critical matching dollars for federal grants and partnerships with federal natural resource agencies.

For information, or to buy a wildlife plate contact the local county assessor:http://itd.idaho.gov/dmv/vehicleservices/assessor.htm; or the Department of Transportation Special Plates-Registration Services Section on the Internet at http://www.itd.idaho.gov/dmv/Vehicleservices/registr.htm; or by phone at

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This is the plate I have on my truck

“Idaho Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife” picks up interesting support for their anti-wolf rally

Note, I edited this post for the sake of clarity, and deleted the comments. I think the way I posted it caused some confusion. RM

Idaho Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife is an interest group organized in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho as separate chapters. They are having a wolf delisting rally at the state capitol on Thursday. We have discussed them before, and the E.D. for Idaho and the one for Wyoming both posted to this blog. That generated some discussion.

You can often judge a group by the company they keep, or by who supports them. Check out this URL (Idaho Values Alliance).


Video on natural gas development and the upper Green River Valley, WY

I wondered if anyone had made a video on the destruction of the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming by natural gas exploation and development, and it came today as a comment to an earlier post.

See what is going on. Watch the video at www.skytruth.org

I wonder if Sportsmen for [some] Fish and [certain kinds of] Wildlife-Wyoming has seen this?

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Added on Jan. 10. BLM says in environmental impact statement that “[New] Pinedale wells would hurt wildlife. Impact statement says big game, sage grouse, eagles would be harmed. Jackson Hole News and Guide.

Note that the Bush Administration has been trying to eliminate the requirement that federal actions like oil and gas leasing and development be subject to environmental impact statements. I think the story above tells us why.

Scientists tracking Nevada mountain lion to find out impact on wild horses

This story is from the Reno Gazette Journal. By Jeff DeLong
The cougar may be preying largely on the foals of wild horses in the Virginia Mountain range of extreme Western Nevada. It has been fitted with a radio-collar to see if this seemingly rare kind of predation is taking place.

More on the contamination of bison DNA with cattle genes

This time the article is in the New York Times.

Although it isn’t the only uncontaminated herd of bison, this is another reason with conserving the Yellowstone Park bison is so important, and I think a reason to let them set up and live adjacent to, but outside Yellowstone Park on public land, which is cattle free (so no danger of passing brucellosis to cattle, assuming we even buy into that story).

Out West, With the Buffalo, Roam Some Strands of Undesirable DNA. By Jim Robbins. New York Times.

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