Archive for December 10th, 2007

INTERAGENCY RESPONSE HELPED VISITING BRUINS IN FORT COLLINS

December 10, 2007

INTERAGENCY RESPONSE HELPED VISITING BRUINS IN FORT COLLINS

Thanks to the combined efforts of the Fort Collins Police and the Poudre Fire Authority, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) was successful in relocating 3 bears from the city late this summer.

On August 8, a 12-15 year old sow was treed off Vine Ave and Shields Street across from an elementary school.  August 18 brought a yearling cub down to the Avery House at Meldrum and Magnolia Streets during the New West Fest.  And on August 28, a 4 year old sow weighing 150-160 lbs. was found in Rolland Moore Park, west of Shields.  All three bears were monitored by the DOW and the Fort Collins Police, and helped down from the trees with the generous help of the Poudre Fire Authority and their bucket truck.

“We appreciate the efforts of all involved, especially the expertise of the Division of Wildlife.  The best news is that the bears are safe and in their natural habitat, said Fort Collins Police Chief, Dennis Harrison.

“When bears come into neighborhoods, there is a lot of excitement and onlookers who can inadvertently cause the bears to move into even more difficult locations,” said Dave Clarkson, Area Wildlife Manager, Fort Collins.  “Safely capturing and lowering a bear from a tree is a complex process, requiring quick but solid decisions and actions ranging from managing the safety of the public in the area, to concern for the bear’s welfare, to the safety of the officers and firefighters up in the bucket truck.  The collaboration, planning and communication between the three professions are essential.  The smooth teamwork and communication on the ground between the firefighters, police officers and wildlife managers has been impressive.  That teamwork has resulted in safe, successful relocation of these animals back to more appropriate habitat.”

All three bears were ear tagged and moved 60+ miles away from town in the hopes that they will remain there.  They were encouraged to hightail it out of the traps and discouraged from associating humans with a welcome with the use of non-lethal rubber buckshot and yells.

Chief Tom DeMint of the Poudre Fire Authority added, “We enjoyed working with the cooperative crews of the DOW.  In addition, while working as a team, we were able to determine the safest plan of action for the bear and the public.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife thanks all of the ‘Bear Aware’ citizens of Fort Collins for helping to protect our wildlife resource!  For more information on how to help bears stay wild, see our website: Living with Wildlife in Bear Country.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for managing wildlife and its habitat, as well as providing wildlife related recreation. The Division is funded through hunting and fishing license fees, federal grants and Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great Outdoors Colorado.
 

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Colorado: Bureau of Land Management

December 10, 2007

All those that hunt or fish in Colorado please take note.

SOURCE: NRA Newsletter 

COLORADO:  BLM Plans to Close Canyons of the Ancients to Recreational Shooting:  The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft management plan for the 164,000-acre Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado.  All four management alternatives would close the entire Monument to recreational shooting.  The BLM cites vandalism of cultural and natural resources and visitor safety as the reasons for closure.  For more information about the plan, please go to http://www.blm.gov/rmp/canm/.  Comments from the public are being accepted until January 25, 2008.  It is critical that gun owners and sportsmen take an active role in this process!

BLM Plan Will Set Game Retrieval Restrictions:  The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft management plan for travel routes on lands it administers within San Luis Valley, Colorado.  The proposal will limit the retrieval of game off designated routes except to a perpendicular distance of 300 ft. from the edge of a route.  Comments on the plan are being accepted until December 31.  The document can be viewed at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/slvplc/Travel_Management.html.  For further information, please contact Mark Swinney, Project Lead, by phone at (719) 655-2547, or by e-mail at mswinney@co.blm.gov.  Once again, it is critical that gun owners and sportsmen take an active role in this process!

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK!

December 10, 2007

I am a life member of the NRA, and the organization continues to bewilder me. They get into bed seemingly at every opportunity with the people at The Brady Center. Then, they turn around and send out things such as that below in the members newsletter. Figure it out, the Brady Bunch are just plain immoral, and evil…

Brady’s Shamelessness-Will They Ever Learn?  This week’s outrage comes, not surprisingly, from the Brady Center.  You may recall back in May, we reported on the Brady Center prescribing its remedies for the horrific Virginia Tech slayings well before any of the facts were known.  Not content to stop there, they even sent out an extremely distasteful fundraising solicitation seeking contributions in the amount of $32-one dollar for each of the Virginia Tech slayings. 

You’d think the Brady Center would have learned its lesson after being pilloried for this stunt by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (among others), who said, “People who want to take this (the Tech shootings) within 24 hours of the event and make it, you know, their political hobby horse to ride, I’ve got nothing but loathing for them. To those who want to, you know, try to make this into some little crusade, you know, I say take that elsewhere.  Let this community deal with grieving individuals and be sensitive to those needs.”

Once again, though, the Brady Bunch has proven it has no learning curve.

Boston Gun Search Policy Raises Concerns:  Boston police may soon begin asking parents to allow searches of their homes and children’s bedrooms for firearms-without notice or warrants. 

The BATFE: A Dangerous Nomination‏

December 10, 2007

Yet again, President Bush shows that he is not a true supporter of firearm rights. He only wanted you, the gun owner to vote for him. At this point in time, the only true supporters of the Bill of Rights in the race for President, are Tom Tancredo, and Ron Paul. Think about it!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

“We’ll miss him in Massachusetts, but he’ll be a strong leader at
ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun
control.” — Senator Ted Kennedy

The above quote highlights all you need to know about Michael
Sullivan, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives.

Sullivan was, unfortunately, nominated by President Bush to
permanently take over ATF this year. Right before Thanksgiving, the
Senate “hotlined” his name for unanimous consent approval.
(Hotlining is a parliamentary maneuver which allows non-controversial
bills or nominations to be unanimously approved by the Senate without
debate or a vote.)

GOA immediately sent a letter to each Senator’s office, urging them
to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one senator
subsequently objected to Sullivan’s approval, and his nomination was
put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from
other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his “hold.”

That’s why it’s important for gun owners to contact their two
Senators. Under Sullivan’s leadership, the ATF has gone berserk.
Sure, the problems at ATF didn’t originate with him, but Sullivan has
certainly done nothing to put out the fire.

While discussing the agency’s 2008 appropriations bill, the House
Commerce & Justice committee issued a stinging rebuke for the ATF:

“The committee has heard reports that ATF has pursued license
revocations and denials against firearms dealers based on violations
that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of various types that
are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or prosecution of
individuals who use firearms in crime. The Committee encourages ATF
to consider lesser gradation of sanctions for recordkeeping errors.”
[House Committee report on HR 3093.]

The strategy, that was begun long before Sullivan arrived, has
continued unabated under his tutelage. ATF inspectors try to find
any violation they can, usually focusing on clerical mistakes.

A family gun business that had been in operation for years in
Baltimore, Maryland was attacked because of the “wanton, repeated
crime” of abbreviating Baltimore as “Blto” on the teeny,
tiny spaces
on the 4473 forms.

Now, the agency has turned their collective guns on Red’s Trading
Post in Idaho, among others. Even though one ATF agent told the
manager that Red’s was “one of the best small gun shops” he’d ever
seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which has
been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and failing
to put up a poster.

According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red’s
Trading Post case found “the ATF speaks of violations found during
the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems.”
The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
“double counting” some violations.

The agency holds a continuing animus against gun owners and dealers.
Inspectors have no handbook under which to operate, and the absence
of such written procedures allows them to be arbitrary and
capricious.

Americans don’t need an anti-gun cop from Massachusetts as the
Director of the federal gun police.

CONTACT: Please ask your Senators to oppose anti-gunner Michael
Sullivan as the Director of the BATFE. You can use the pre-written
message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA
Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm
(where phone and fax numbers are also available).

———- Pre-written letter ———-

Dear Senator:

I urge you to OPPOSE the nomination of Michael Sullivan for the head
of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Under
his leadership, the ATF has gone berserk. Sure, the problems at ATF
didn’t originate with him, but Sullivan has certainly done nothing to
put out the fire.

In July, a House committee report on HR 3093 rebuked the ATF for
pursuing license revocations and denials against firearms dealers
based on “violations that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of
various types” that are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or
prosecution of individuals who use firearms in crime.

Red’s Trading Post in Idaho is one of the many gun dealers that have
been frequently harassed by the ATF. Even though one ATF agent told
the manager that Red’s was “one of the best small gun shops” he’d
ever seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which
has been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and
failing to put up a poster.

According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red’s
Trading Post case found “the ATF speaks of violations found during
the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems.”
The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
“double counting” some violations.

Finally, the fact that Ted Kennedy wants to work with Sullivan on gun
control is reason enough to find another candidate to head up the
ATF. Kennedy said, “We’ll miss him in Massachusetts, but he’ll be a
strong leader at ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key
issues on gun control.”

Because of these concerns, I would ask that you please oppose the
Sullivan nomination, and instead work with Gun Owners of America and
the NRA to find a nominee who will protect the rights of innocent gun
owners.

Sincerely,


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