A recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey reported that only 5 percent of Americans hunt, half the number it was 50 years ago, and that number is dropping. That's putting state and national wildlife conservation efforts in a tight place, as hunting license fees and taxes on guns and fishing equipment provide a huge chunk of the funding these programs need. With the survival of wildlife species at risk, stakeholders are debating solutions: Recruiting new hunters, directing gas and oil taxes to conservation, and taxing outdoor gear are among the ideas.
Republican House Bill Would Open Wilderness Areas to Bikes
The bill, which would amend the 1964 Wilderness Act, has sparked strong opposition from conservation groups.