Arizona Daily Star – Bighorn reintroduction funded by hunting interests – This article breaks down the funding for the Bighorn Reintroduction and some of the connections between project managers and funding sources. Funding sources listed in the article:
- Big-game hunting license tag funds (note that this funding source is, technically, not taxpayer money – but this point (frequently made by AZGF) is strange to me since this income seems to depend completely on taxpayer owned public land…)
- Wild Sheep Foundation
- Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society
- Arizona Chapter of Safari Club International
The article presents opinions from people who see a conflict between the claim that hunting is not the primary reason for the reintroduction and the large portion of the funding coming from hunting advocacy groups and opinions from supporters of the groups/project who feel that there is not a conflict.