Hiring Veterans & Idaho Wolf Kills
Coming out of the military can be a challenge especially when looking for employment. USDA Military Veterans Ag Liaison Lanon Baccam explains a new partnership allowing Ag Department participation in transitional employment and hiring events for veterans.
BACCAM: Hiring Our Heroes is a program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and they have a strategic partnership with the Department of Defense and they go out around the country and around the world, and they work with garrison commanders to put on the premiere employment events for transitioning service members, veterans, their spouses and their partners. It is an opportunity for USDA to get in front of these thousands of service members so we can explain to then and showcase all the tools and resources that we have available.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports that twenty wolves were killed last week to help bolster elk populations. USDA's Wildlife Services used a helicopter last week to kill the wolves and the they state that the wolf-control effort has ended. Elk numbers in the region in the last 25 years have fallen from 16,000 to fewer than 1,000. As a result, the agency has eliminated all rifle cow hunts and reduced by half rifle bull hunting. The Defenders of Wildlife conservation organization revealed the aerial shooting of wolves last week and decried it as based on anti-wolf politics and not sound science.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.