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Wildlife study vital to heritage

March 13, 2013

As the oil boom continues in western North Dakota, with the number of wells predicted to rise from the current 7,000 to as many as 35,000 in the next few decades, an effort is under way to study the......

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EarlyBird

Mar-13-13 7:16 AM

I don't agree with a special study. The G&F send out surveys to hunters every year and if they take time to go over the responses I think that qualifies as a study. This is just more opportunity for expansion in government.

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EarlyBird

Mar-13-13 8:41 AM

Veritas, I favor focused over narrow view. And to answer your question yes all public lands are open to hunters during the various seasons throughout the year. And so is the private land for those who ask, if it is posted off limits. Unposted private land is open to hunting without seeking landowner permission. An example of how information collected is used, there were to many elk near Medora so they reduced the numbers through a special harvest but now the G&F have less elk licenses available for hunters this year. For some reason the G&F is always out of sync with nature by a year or two even though they do a yearly survey for harvest reports.

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EarlyBird

Mar-13-13 9:22 AM

If there is money available to study and help wildlife staring at them in Bismarck they should put it to good use and hire more Game Wardens, they can study things while they are on duty.

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EarlyBird

Mar-13-13 9:36 AM

haha I didn't mean there was wildlife in Bismarck staring at them, money for wildlife staring at them...

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EarlyBird

Mar-13-13 9:38 AM

haha dang I did it again..

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centerfield

Mar-13-13 11:34 AM

Such an interesting response to the G&F doing surveys. We don't want government interference but we want more game wardens? At least the reduction of Elk was started because their habitat was in a Federal Park. Although I disagreed with the manner in which the selection process was done, it had to be done. Basically, a survey will do nothing to slow the demise of wildlife in the Bakken. Eventually, there will be little wildlife in the western part of the State and very little hunting. Thus, there will be no need for machine guns to hunt the non-existant deer.

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EarlyBird

Mar-13-13 1:06 PM

Centerfield, just saying if they have to and will spend money on something it just as well be a GW, they pay their own way through enforcement pretty much I think. I don't see nearly as bleak of a future as you do.

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EarlyBird

Mar-14-13 9:23 AM

I kind of get a kick out of the studies they like to do. Wildlife populations all run in cycles which means each species gets it's turn to be prolific. When one species is doing good the other species are feeding off them until it becomes the over abundant species and either die from lack of habitat or are eaten by the next species that is in turn growing in numbers. Wildlife numbers will increase and decrease within the parameters the weather provides each year. People give themselves way to much credit.

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EarlyBird

Mar-14-13 9:30 AM

Unfortunately the driving force and general consensus in Bismarck right now is we have plenty of money so we just as well spend it. Just saw some lady trying to justify all the increased spending the legislators want to do for us.

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EarlyBird

Mar-14-13 9:34 AM

Was watching local news so it was some ND lady on TV babbling about it's better to be able to come up with ways to spend money than to come up with ways to collect money. DUH!!

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centerfield

Mar-14-13 11:31 AM

Actually, the environment is the major factor in the rise and fall of wildlife. In ND, we talk birds, deer, and other non hunt able species. Predators rise and fall with this as well. I spent time in Wyoming working and hunting. Energy impacts wildlife especially if the activity is as intense as it is in the Bakken. Spend some time in those areas and you will certainly see a large decrease in all wildlife species including predators.

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EarlyBird

Mar-14-13 12:13 PM

There actually are situations where human needs override natures needs everywhere you look, every town that was built, every road that was built every thing we do infringes on the wildlife, how can it not.

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