Please see the article below regarding four local schools on lockdown after a bobcat was reported in the area.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Four schools are off lockdown this afternoon after Metro officers secured the perimeter and failed to find a wild bobcat in the west part of the valley.
The Clark County School District Police Department said Piggott, Jacobsen, Derfelt and Johnson schools were affected. Metro Officer Bill Cassell said the schools were returned to normal operations around 12:45 p.m.
"None of the officers actually saw the animal," Cassell said. "What it was is still unknown."
SB 221 Mandatory Background Checks for firearms (Mental Health)
SB221 Senator Jones's bill on mental health and gun control will be heard Thursday, March 14th at 3:30PM in Senate Health and Human Services (Carson Room 2149/Vegas-Grant Sawyer Room 4412E). Please attend to testify if you can, if not please write your position to one of the addresses below, or all three. Then forward to your contact list.
Here is a sample letter for your convenience:
Address your correspondence to: Chairman Jones and members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services
Dear Chairman Jones and members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services:
We are strongly opposed to this legislation because it is not a mental health bill but a gun control bill. We are requesting that this letter be placed in the official record as our opposition to SB 221 for the following reasons:
• This bill as written will acerbate mental health issues in that people will not seek mental health treatment, as the consequences of a visit could severely restrict their freedoms.
• The only positive mental health change articulated in this proposal is to require reporting of mental health adjudications to the central criminal records repository within 5 days.
• Your proposed bill mandates that if one becomes hospitalized for a mental health issue, one becomes a prohibited possessor of firearms without due process of law (court hearing and adjudication). This is an unreasonable requirement and contrary to the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
• Nevada currently provides a voluntary back ground check service if one wants to sell a firearm to someone who does not have a concealed firearms permit. This proposal changes it to a mandatory program with criminal sanctions for failure to comply with a “transfer” of firearm. This check currently requires a $25.00 service fee which is not mentioned in the proposal, yet constitutes a tax.
• All “transfers” of firearms are required, yet transfers are not defined in the law. It is conceivable that if one allowed a friend to shoot their gun at a shooting range, for example, that this could be construed as a “transfer.” This criminalizes all transfers of firearms without a background check including gifts to family members. This establishes universal background checks in Nevada and is an unreasonable requirement.
• This proposal makes it a misdemeanor to transfer a firearm without a background check and stipulates that “a person who transfers a firearm to another person in violation is prohibited from possessing a firearm for two years.” This is a penalty requirement for a misdemeanor. How is this to be enforced? Will the state seize the person’s firearms for two years? How is the penalty for this provision related to mental health? The person being penalized is not a mental health problem. This is unreasonable and is not related to solving mental health issues.
• If a person goes to a psychiatrist or licensed psychologist and is determined by that visit to have mental illness it is a Class D felony for that person to have a firearm, police must be notified, and person cannot have firearms for six months. This violates “due process.” A person may, however, petition court for relief after the fact. The law doesn’t specify, but do police seize all their firearms? If they have a concealed firearm permit is it revoked? This provision is unreasonable and also denies due process in a court of law.
• This proposal also changes the burden on the lawful gun owner who wishes to sell the firearm from “actual knowledge” to “reasonable cause to believe” that the person being sold to is a prohibited possessor. This becomes a Class B felony; however, a previous section requires a mandatory background check and failure to comply is a misdemeanor penalty. Yet this provision makes it a felony for failure to perform the check “if there is reasonable cause to believe.” This is in conflict and unreasonable.
• “Due process” is eliminated, and the bill is constitutionally flawed for this reason.
We respectfully request that this bill proposal does not pass.
Chair: Justin C. Jones
We have some CRITICAL bills pending that we need your help on. The Anti Trapping bill, Anti Bear hunt and Mis-Management of Wild Horses and Burros
Please see the letter below from the Northern Coalition regarding the management of Wild Horses and Burros...
Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife
P. O. Box 70143
Reno, Nevada 89570
March 8, 2013
Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 supporting wild horses will be heard in Senate Natural Resource Committee hearings next Tuesday afternoon. The resolution, if passed, will be used to lobby the National Congress, Interior and Agriculture Departments, BLM, Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop gathers of excess horses.
We need your immediate communication to the state legislature. We are not opposing the resolution, only trying to amend the wording. We want to change wording so that the resolution states that wild horses and burros are an important resource to the state only if they are maintained at Appropriate Management Levels. Gathers and removal of excess animals is the only viable option available at this time to attempt to reach the ecological balance mandated by the 1971 Act and its subsequent amendments. We simply ask BLM and USFS to follow the law. Talking points are as follows:
- The 1971 Act and subsequent amendments mandate BLM and USFS to maintain an ecological balance with all other uses. It mandates removal of excess horses.
- A multitude of scientific range management studies have shown that excess wild horses adversely impact both range conditions and wildlife populations (the USFWS Sheldon EIS alone documents over 75 studies).
- Wild horses should not be managed as the priority species as they presently are to the detriment of all other uses.
- Excess wild horses damage the range to the detriment of the horses themselves; no one wants to see starving animals of any kind.
- Everyone loves to see wild horses on our range; they are beautiful and a valuable resource, but, like any other resource, require management or all uses of our public land, including the wild horse itself, will suffer.
Please contact the members of the Senate Natural Resource Committee. Contact information is as follows:
To email the Senate Natural Resource Committee:
To Telephone the Legislative Message Center to Contact a Legislator:
684-6789 (from Reno/Carson City area)
486-2626 (from Las Vegas area)
(800) 995-9080 (from other areas in Nevada)
Thank you for your help.
Larry J. Johnson, President
Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife
Channel 3 news coverage of the recent coyote attacks in and around Las Vegas. One familes dog was carried away and eaten by coyotes in their own backyard. Coyote problems are real in this Valley.
Your help is needed this Thursday, February 28th, 8am at the Grant Sawyer Bldg. 555 East Washington Ave (Across from Cashman Field)
Please see the attached document on Southern Nevada Coalition for Wildlife Letterhead. We encourage and endorse bill SJR7 The Sporting Familes Protection Act and encourage you to do the same. Please contact your fellow Sportsmen and women to attend the important meeting this Thursday.
This meeting will be teleconferenced to the big screen in Carson City and seen by all attending Senators. This is our first step in making a difference. We need to send a clear message to protect our heritage and sporting families.
Please attend this important meeting and share your brief statement that you support Senator Hammond for bringing this bill forward, and look forward to seeing in on the ballot.
Thank-you all for your continued efforts!
Now is the time to secure our right to hunt, trap and fish in Nevada
Last week, I wrote of the surprises that sometimes come out of the Nevada Legislature when it's in session, and it didn't take long to find one. On Monday, one of those surprises emerged on the floor of the State Senate with the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution No. 7, a surprise that could have far-reaching ramifications for the sportsmen and sportswomen of the Silver State.
This legislation "proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to preserve the right to hunt, fish and trap for the residents of this State." This would be accomplished by adding a new section to Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution that would read as follows: "The right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of any traditional method, must be preserved for the residents of this State and managed through statutes and regulations which preserve that right. Hunting, fishing and trapping of wildlife by members of the public is the preferred means of managing wildlife in this State."
Should this measure pass and be approved by state voters, Nevada would join 17 other states that have taken similar steps to protect hunting and fishing for its citizens. Those states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, have language in their constitutions that guarantees the right to hunt and fish. In 16 of those states the language is voter approved.
Perhaps the people of Vermont showed the most foresight by crafting their language guaranteeing citizens the right to hunt and fish back in 1777. It wasn't until 1996, and the years since, that other states have followed suit. Those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Mississippi will consider such a guarantee on its 2014 ballot.
Like Nevada, each of these states has a strong traditional outdoor heritage. One might ask, "Why would hunters and anglers feel compelled to seek constitutional protections for pursuits that have been an important part of life in the Great Basin and the Mohave Desert since mankind first showed up here?"
Perhaps the answer can be found in a statement from a website established to promote constitutional protection of the outdoor heritage in Tennessee - huntandfishtc.com. It reads, "Hunting and fishing have long been a part of Tennessee's history, lore and culture. This is our chance to protect our outdoor traditions in perpetuity.
"Today, hunting and fishing could be banned by a vote in the General Assembly or by a misguided lawsuit. This amendment to the state constitution will provide a strong clarification of an individual's right to hunt and fish in Tennessee, should these traditions be challenged in a court of law. The added level of protection would be significant, as it does not currently exist.
"Tennessee's landscape is changing. Political winds are constantly shifting. We have an opportunity to secure this right before it's too late."
Substitute Nevada in place of Tennessee, and State Legislature in place of General Assembly, and I think you will understand.
As many Americans flee the large urban centers and move into what have long been relatively small and even rural communities - yes, even Las Vegas was relatively small not too long ago - they sometimes have difficulty understanding some aspects of the lifestyle that long existed in those communities. And rather than live and let live, they set out to change our new surroundings into something that more closely resembles our old ones. Some might even go so far as to close access to public lands or use the legislative process to do away with or significantly limit otherwise legal activities, such as hunting, fishing or trapping, simply because they don't personally like them.
Nevada's landscape is changing. Political winds constantly are shifting. Perhaps now is the opportunity to secure the right to hunt, fish and trap before the winds driven by lack of understanding shift too far.
Please see the link below for the news story and video regarding concealed carry on campus'
Nevada Bill Would Allow Campus Concealed Carry
Environmental, animal welfare groups move to ban lead bullets for all hunting in California
Fresh off a wave of success in the state Capitol last year, animal welfare groups are taking aim at a new target this year: hunting with lead ammunition.
The Humane Society, Audubon California and Defenders of Wildlife are behind a major push to make California the first state to ban lead ammunition for all types of hunting, setting the stage for a showdown with some hunters and adding another layer to the heated gun control debate.
The state already bans lead ammunition for hunters in the range of the endangered California condor, but environmentalists say a statewide ban is needed because overwhelming scientific evidence shows condors, bald eagles and other birds are still dying from lead poisoning when they
The groups are sponsoring a bill in Sacramento that is expected to be introduced by Friday. They are also asking the state Fish and Game Commission to pass a lead bullet ban.
"Countless wild animals suffer and die needlessly every year from the continued use of lead ammunition," said Jennifer Fearing, state director of the Humane Society of the United States. "It is put in the environment and stays there. It's toxic, and it's cumulative."
Over the past 30 years, lead has been banned in gasoline, paint, new home pipes and other materials, to protect public health. The administration of President George H.W. Bush also banned lead shot in 1991 for hunting ducks and other waterfowl
Hunting is less damaging with bullets made from other materials, particularly copper, green groups say.
"This is the kind of issue where hunters should be taking the lead," said Fearing.
After studies showed California condors dying from ingesting lead, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in 2007 banning hunters from using lead bullets to shoot deer and other game within the condor range -- roughly defined as from Los Angeles to San Jose, where the birds have been seen around Mount Hamilton. But that hasn't stopped condors, one of the world's most endangered species, from being poisoned.
A review last year of more than 1,154 blood samples taken from wild California condors and tested between 1997 and 2010 found that 48 percent of the birds had lead levels so high that they could have died without treatment in animal hospitals. The scientists who conducted the study said that because condors can dine on between 75 and 150 dead animals a year, if just one hunter violates the rules, or if a condor flies outside the area where lead bullets are banned, the birds can ingest enough lead to poison or kill them. Lead remains the leading cause of death for adult condors in California, they noted.
Critics, led by the National Rifle Association, say copper bullets cost more than lead -- roughly $40 for a box of 20, compared to $20 for lead bullets -- and don't fly the same. They see the move as the latest example in a 20-year trend in California in which urban residents and environmentalists have taken a larger role in setting hunting and fishing rules as the number of hunters and fishermen has declined.
"These people want to ban hunting. Go to their cocktail parties and snuggle up to them, and that's what they'll tell you," said Don Saba, a member of the NRA board of directors. "They characterize hunters as crazy rednecks, even as they talk about tolerance and diversity."
Saba, a Tuscon, Ariz., resident who has a doctorate in toxicology from UC Berkeley, appeared last August at a state Fish and Game Commission meeting to question the science linking condor poisoning to bullets.
"It's far more than chipping away at hunters' rights," he said Tuesday. "There's an anti-firearms mentality. Their ultimate goal is to ban guns."
Scientists say it's clear bullets are to blame for the lead poisoning. They have published studies that match isotope ratios of lead in condors' feathers to isotope ratios in lead bullets.
Saba says that lead paint and other substances, like lead from batteries, also can have the same ratios, and that condors may be eating paint from old fire lookout towers, eating lead in dumps or finding it other ways. But researchers dispute those claims.
"What is lacking is any evidence -- and certainly no published evidence -- to substantiate their claims," said Don Smith, a professor of microbiology and toxicology at UC Santa Cruz.
Biologists track the birds with GPS and observe them closely, Smith noted.
"They are not going to lots of fire towers to eat paint. They are not eating wheel weights off wheels," he said. "There isn't one shred of evidence they have to support any of that."
Last year animal welfare groups won passage of numerous laws in Sacramento, including a ban on hunting bears and bobcats with hounds.
Condors, whose wingspan can reach 9 feet, once ranged from British Columbia to Mexico. Because of habitat loss, hunting and lead poisoning, the majestic birds' population dwindled to just 22 nationwide by 1982. In a desperate gamble to stave off extinction, federal biologists captured all remaining wild condors in 1987 and began breeding them in zoos. The birds' offspring have been gradually released back to the wild.
Today the California condor population has grown to 407. Of those, 231 live in the wild in Big Sur, Pinnacles National Park in San Benito County, Southern California, Arizona, Utah and Mexico.
"We're not against hunting," said Dan Taylor, public policy director for Audubon California. "But hunting is a privilege. For hunting to continue in a state like California it must be done in the most ecologically and sound way possible."
Paul Rogers covers resources and environmental issues. Contact him at 408-920-5045. Follow him at Twitter.com/PaulRogersSJMN.
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
GOVERNOR APPOINTS INTERIM NDOW DIRECTOR
CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today announced that George Tsukamoto has been appointed as Interim Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
“George’s extensive experience as a wildlife biologist and administrator in Nevada will enable him to effectively lead the Department during this time of transition,” Governor Sandoval said. “George has been a public servant for more than 40 years – he is a well respected biologist, administrator and individual. I’m grateful that he has agreed to help lead the Department while we identify a permanent Director.”
Tsukamoto has 43 years of professional experience as a wildlife biologist, serving 33 years at the Nevada Department of Wildlife and ten years for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was Chief of the Game Division of the Nevada Department of Wildlife for thirteen years. Tsukamoto has worked vigorously to restore wildlife species where they have become extinct or severely reduced by investigating causes and instituted reintroduction efforts. A Desert Bighorn Council member, Tsukamoto completed a Wildlife Disease Workshop with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1988. Tsukamoto is also a member of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited.
Tsukamoto has a degree in Wildlife Conservation from San Jose State University and conducted graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and Colorado State University. He is a founding member of the Nevada Wildlife Record Book, a Scout Master, and has been an Official Measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club since 1973. Tsukamoto lives in Sparks with his wife.
Tsukamoto, who will serve as an independent contractor, will begin as Interim Director effective February 13 and will assist in conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent Director.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the five-member Sagebrush Ecosystem Team members to assist the Nevada Sage Grouse. Please click on the link below.
A good read about the underlying truth about mental conflicts with firearms...
- Channel 13 coverage of the February Wildlife Commission meeting
- Anti-Hunting groups propose Senate Bill 82-Prohibits the Board of Wildlife Commissioners from authorizing the hunting of black bears
- North American Wildlife Conservation Model
- Las Vegas Relaxes Gun Ban in Parks
- Good news: Wildlife populations in the US have increased Bad News: All these animals are now our neighbors
- Today's arrest of Illinois State Sen. Donne Trotter by authorities at O'Hare International Airport for having a gun in his carry-on bag is a revealing look at the hypocrisy of anti-gunners
- Major Hunting Conflict of Interest! Please read...
- New book put out by the Arizona Game and Fish Department regarding small game
- Metro Police Kill Coyote near Elementary School
- Sportsmans Bill of 2012 doesn't pass in Congress
- Sportsmen's Act of 2012- Final Votes TODAY!
- Sportsmans Act of 2012
- Federal government targets sportsmen's dollars to reduce deficit
- Karen Layne article- must read
- Open Letter to Nevada' Republican Leadership
- LV City Councilman Bob Beers questions Handgun Registration
- Second Outdoor Marijuana Grow Removed from Mt. Charleston
- METRO Handgun Registration Program
- SCI Seeks Members Who Hunt in the Kaibab National Forest
- Attention Gun Owners in Clark County Nevada, Immediate assistance requested
- Petition to Clark County Commission