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Officials shouldn’t relax guidelines on trophy hunting

The Arizona Republic · Dec 10, 2017

Published 12/10 by The Arizona Republic

News broke recently that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would allow African elephants and lions to be killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia by American trophy hunters and their heads and hides brought back home to the United States. The agency’s announcement was met with an overwhelming flood of criticism from across the social and political spectrum. The most important critic is President Trump himself.

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Letter: Science backs protecting lions

azdailysun.com · Dec 02, 2017

Published 11/07/17 in azdailysun.com by Kim Crumbo

Mountain lions are hunted, not for food, but for trophy, that is either for fun or to display of body parts as a rug or wall ornament. Recent research demonstrates that twenty-four percent of Arizona’s population enjoys wildlife watching. Only three percent hunt.

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Blog Post: Saving Arizona’s Wildcats

Blog: Purr and Roar · Nov 26, 2017

Published 11/26/17 by Purr and Roar

The time has come to make the move towards ending hunting and trapping of mountain lions and all wildcats.

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Tucson hunting group's argument in Africa foreshadows AZ trophy debate

tucson.com · Nov 25, 2017

Published 11/25/17 by Tim Steller on tucson.com

We’re likely to hash out this debate next year in Arizona, as the Humane Society backs a proposed ballot initiative to ban all hunting of wild cats, including mountain lions and bobcats. But for now, it’s taking place in the African context, with a Tucson twist.

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Our support for a ban on trophy hunting of Arizona’s wild cats

Published 11/14/17  by The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has formally endorsed a new ballot initiative that seeks to ban trophy hunting of wild cats in Arizona, specifically mountain lions, bobcats, jaguars, ocelots, and lynx.

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Letter: Ban big cat trophy hunting in Arizona

tucson.com · Oct 23, 2017

Published 10/23/17 in tucson.com by Bettina Hansen

I learned that there’s an effort to ban wild cat trophy hunting and trapping on the Nov. 2018 ballot — and it’s not just to protect mountain lions. If this passes, bobcats will also be spared from cruel and painful traps, and protections for jaguars, ocelots and lynx will become codified.

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Letter: Protect our wild cats!

tucson.com · Oct 23, 2017

Published 10/23/17 in tucson.com by Kim Flaherty

As Gucci and other major brands go fur-free, it is becoming more apparent that fur — and the cruelty to animals it causes — has no place in modern fashion. Yet every year, thousands of Arizona’s bobcats struggle to free themselves from steel jawed leghold traps, body-gripping traps, and snares on private land, and from cage traps on public land.

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Initiative gathers signatures to ban wild cat hunting

News 4 Tucson · Oct 16, 2017

Published 10/16/17 in News 4 Tucson by Sam Salzwedel

TUCSON – An organization has launched a campaign to ban hunting wild cats.

A ballot initiative would end bobcat and mountain lion hunting in Arizona. Nancy Young Wright is volunteering on the campaign.

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Bighorn sheep surviving, possibly thriving, in Tucson's Catalina Mountains

Tucson.com · Oct 15, 2017

Published 10/15/17 in tucson.com by Douglas Kreutz

An estimate from March says as many as 85 bighorns may be in the Catalinas, but that number has not been confirmed.

Bighorn sheep appear to be enduring in the Catalina Mountains today — four years after efforts began to re-establish a herd in the range, state wildlife officials say.

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Pumas Are Not Such Loners After All

NPR Morning Edition · Oct 11, 2017

Published 10/15/17 in NPR Morning Edition by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Supposedly solitary pumas actually hang out with their fellow big cats quite often, frequently coming together and hissing and snarling before settling down to share a delicious elk carcass.

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