What hunting remains (resident game birds, deer, and bighorn sheep) would be restricted.” That petition blamed hunters for the declining population of the desert tortoise, a threatened species under the state's Endangered Species Act.
The NRA noted that, “The petition contains the flimsiest of evidence that hunting in the Preserve is the cause or even a contributing factor of the decline in the tortoise population….The objective of the petition is not to protect and enhance the tortoise population; rather it is an attempt by this coalition of anti-hunting organizations to permanently ban hunting from the Mojave National Preserve. BD was behind the ban imposed on the use of lead ammunition for hunting big game within the range of the California condor. Earlier this year, CBD attempted unsuccessfully to extend that ban to all game species.”
The NRA called on hunters to urge the Fish and Game Commission to deny the petition.
Address correspondence to:
John Carlson, Jr.,
California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Or email to: [email protected]
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