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August 22, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

The Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation will soon distribute up to $50,000 in federal funds to reimburse livestock producers for money spent on nonlethal predator deterrents. Office Administrator Dustin Miller said application criteria will be announced in a few weeks.

August 21, 2014
Forest Mountain Stream, © Warren Sander

A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution.

August 20, 2014
Bison with calf, © Diana LeVasseur

Wildlife advocates ended up on opposite sides in a debate over a Yellowstone National Park proposal to reinitiate a quarantine program for park bison. On Tuesday night, Yellowstone National Park hosted a public meeting in Bozeman to scope out options and details to include in an environmental assessment on restarting a quarantine program for Yellowstone bison.

August 18, 2014

Mere minutes after the ink was dry on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw a proposal to protect the wolverine under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, environmentalists announced they'd be hauling the agency into court over the decision.

August 14, 2014

Climate change may be impacting wolverines in North America, but federal officials have decided that’s not enough to warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

August 13, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision today to abandon proposed protections for the wolverine ignores the best available science, including advice from the Service’s own wildlife experts, conservation groups stated.

August 12, 2014
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

If state land-management programs and partnerships are as successful in protecting the greater sage grouse as Western leaders argue they are, the Fish and Wildlife Service wants to see the proof. Fish and Wildlife has alerted state governors, local leaders and private groups, as well as the Bureau of Land Management and American Indian tribes, that it wants information on these efforts as part of its ongoing review of the sage grouse and whether the bird should be proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act by a September 2015 deadline.

August 6, 2014
Forest Mountain Stream, © Warren Sander

A coalition of conservation groups today implored President Obama to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a once-abundant species whose demise from human exploitation revealed the fragility of nature and helped catalyze the modern conservation movement.

August 5, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

An oil and gas industry group has launched an advertising campaign warning that a federal endangered listing for the greater sage grouse would have dramatic economic impacts across the West and undermine already effective state and local conservation programs.

July 29, 2014

Earlier this year, Representative Doc Hastings, a powerful foe of wildlife conservation and Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, launched a horribly biased and slanted attack on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It began with the release of a report and set of ESA "reform" proposals prepared by a highly partisan "committee" formed by Hastings, with support from like-minded anti-ESA members of the House.

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