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RMEF forced to change award name due to wolf policies

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation removed the name of Olaus J. Murie from a conservation award after the family of the man known as the father of modern elk management objected to what they called an all-out war against wolves.The demand came after the foundation backed removing federal protections for wolves, donated money to kill wolves that prey on livestock, and supported wolf hunts and trapping.

“The Murie name must never be associated with the unscientific and inhumane practices you are advancing,” Donald Murie, youngest son of Olaus Murie, write in a letter to the foundation.

Foundation president David Allen said Wednesday the foundation would no longer call the honor the Olaus J. Murie award.

“We are going to accommodate the request because we are not going to change our position on wolf management,” he said.

The foundation created the award in 1999 for individuals who demonstrate tremendous accomplishments in wildlife research and conservation.

It was named after Murie, a famed naturalist, author and wildlife biologist who conducted groundbreaking field work on many large North American mammals, including elk and caribou, in the early part of the 20th century…

Read the entire article on idahopress.com: Foundation changes name of award amid wolf spat

Keeping it classy eh, Mr. Allen? Just admit it – RMEF is now just a spokesperson for the ranching and hunting special interests.

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