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Liliani and James Muti have been sentenced for conspiracy to traffic and illegally sell bone carvings and jewelry made from protected whales, sea turtles, and other wildlife.

Liliani and James Muti have been sentenced for conspiracy to traffic and illegally sell bone carvings and jewelry made from protected whales, sea turtles, and other wildlife. USFWS

Hawaii Couple Sentenced in Wildlife Smuggling Operation


Liliani and James Muti have been sentenced for conspiracy to traffic and illegally sell bone carvings and jewelry made from protected whales, sea turtles, and other wildlife. The sentencing was the culmination of a two-year joint undercover investigation by NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A search warrant resulted in the seizure of more than 2,000 bone carvings, a sea turtle shell, and a walrus skull. It is the largest seizure of whalebone in Hawaii history.


News release


Waterfowl

Fishing is permitted on 312 National Wildlife Refuges, and hunting is available on 377 facilities. USFWS

Hunting, Fishing Opportunities Expanded at 30 National Wildlife Refuges


The Service has increased fishing and hunting opportunities at 30 National Wildlife Refuges, including three in Oregon. Part of a continuing effort to increase access to public lands, the latest additions opened more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities. Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $156 billion in economic activity in communities across the United States in 2016, according to the Service’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.


News release

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation


Volunteers and monarch advocates celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony
Volunteers and monarch advocates celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony Robert Coffan SOMA w/permission

Butterflies Find Haven at Southern Oregon Golf Club


Wildlife on the fairway can be a hazard of the wrong kind. Yet, managers of the Stewart Meadows Golf Course in Medford are creating gardens to attract them. By creating five 'Monarch Waystations', the 9-hole golf course in Southern Oregon will provide native milkweed and nectar plants to support monarchs and other pollinators. This effort, the first in the Pacific Northwest, will use best management practices to be responsible with water consumption and to limit the use of pesticides and fertilizer. Learn more about this effort and how our partners are providing a future filled with monarchs.


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