(Provided by BoatUS)
Is your boat less than 26 feet? Does it have outboard motor power and rest on a trailer?
If you said yes, beware - you're a big target for theft.
A newly released study that looked at five years of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims files shows that 75 percent of all boats stolen matched this description. With the long winter lay-up period nearing, BoatUS has five tips to make your boat harder to steal.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it has listed the eastern massasauga rattlesnake as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, stating that nearly 40 percent of the snake's historical populations are now extirpated (no longer exist) and an additional 15 percent is of uncertain status.
The final rule listing the eastern massasauga appears in the Sept. 30, 2016, Federal Register and has an effective date of Oct. 31, 2016.
Under the Endangered Species Act, threatened species are considered plants and animals that may become endangered in the foreseeable future. Across the eastern massasauga rattlesnake's range, nearly 40 percent of the species' population has declined. Habitat loss is considered the primary threat driving the snakes' decline; however, as their numbers decline, other threats such as direct mortality or collection play a more significant role.
(Provided by Gamebird Assoc.)
New research measuring the impact of Americas game bird farms and hunting preserves reveals that the industry contributes nearly $1.7 billion annually to the U.S. economy.
This figure, along with many others that delve deeper into the industrys social and economic benefits, comes from the study Economic Impact of the Gamebird Industry, which was funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for the North American Gamebird Association.
The research was conducted by Southwick Associates, a leading research firm on outdoor recreation and presented by founder Rob Southwick at NAGAs annual convention in Orlando, Florida.
While actual expenditures by game bird facilities are estimated at just over $634 million, Southwick explained that U.S. Department of Commerce models reveal these dollars actually create a $1.7 billion annual impact when the purchasing power of the recipients of the initial funds are considered. This total impact number is also known as the multiplier effect, and provides a better reflection of the industrys true contribution to the economy.