Sportsmen's Monthly July | August | Page 4

NEWS AROUND THE COUNTRY “Cecil” the Lion “Cub” Killed by Hunter In an emotional-laden article, Newsweek reported that the most famous lion nobody had heard of until his death – Cecil – had one of his “cubs” killed by a “trophy” hunter. The lion, nicknamed “Xanda,” was collared and part of a University of Oxford study, which was at least partially funded by hunters from Dallas Safari Club. The lion “cub” was mature at six-years old, the hunt was deemed ethical and legal by conservationists from the University of Oxford’s zoology department. Animal-Rights Group Accosts Floridians The animal-rights group Direct Action Everywhere swept through Florida protesting everything from fast food to fishermen. Targets included patrons at Chick-fil-A who were subject to protestors covered in fake blood and wearing cow masks while being stabbed with fake knives. Similarly, two men fishing from a pier were harassed by an entire family who belonged to the group, including two young children, for legally fishing. The harassment was caught on video and went viral on social media. You can find it on our Facebook page. Filmmaker, Wolf Advocates Sue Over Hunter Protections An official member of Wolf Patrol, an animal-rights organization led by convicted felon Rodney Coronado, a Wisconsin newspaper editor and a documentarian, sued Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the department’s chief warden, the state’s attorney general and a dozen district attorneys over protections offered hunters on public land. According to the suit, Wisconsin Statute § 29.083 infringes on the moviemaker’s ability to film Wolf Patrol’s “documenting” hunting activity of wolves. Washington Wolf Pack Set for Lethal Removal The lethal removal of the Smackout wolf pack in northeast Washington was authorized by the state’s department of fish and wildlife. The purging of the pack, one of 14 in a four-county area, was triggered by its fourth confirmed attack on livestock within a 10-month period. Removal option likely include shooting by state employees or contractors from a helicopter and the ground, as well as trapping (which was banned in the state as a recreational method of take by the Humane Society of the United States in a 1996 ballot initia- tive). Wolves in the northeast corner of the state are still protect- ed by state endangered species laws. 3 SPORTSMEN’S MONTHLY July | August 2017 Brian Lynn, Vice President of Marketing and Communication When it comes to using bait for hunting, the animal-rights movement paints a picture of the “Slob” hunter - a lazy, trigger-happy Human who uses unfair practices to lure unsuspecting animals to slaughter.