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August 17, 2015

The Florida wildlife commissioner who pushed to loosen the state's official panther policy is also part of a group seeking a federal permit to kill a certain number of panthers if they get in the way of plans for their land.

August 11, 2015
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore

By 1924, wolves in California had been completely driven from the lands that they called home for centuries – hunted, trapped and slaughtered to near-extinction. Now it looks like wolves are finally making their way back home to the Golden State where they belong. California is graced with rich areas of suitable habitat that can and will support a healthy wolf population, and wolves clearly want to return.

August 4, 2015

State wildlife officials said Monday they believe a gray wolf has been roaming the wilds of Northern California. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said one of several cameras set up in Siskiyou County captured an image in May of what may have been a wolf but that DNA testing on feces collected in the area was inconclusive. Official set up remote trail cameras after receiving reports earlier this year of a large, dark-colored canid, an animal from the family that includes wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals and dogs.

August 3, 2015

Due to a lack of U.S. protections for lions and limited penalties for breaking wildlife laws, experts believe it will be difficult for U.S. authorities to punish or extradite the American hunter who killed Zimbabwe's famous lion.

July 24, 2015
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Wyoming’s gray wolves are back on the protected list of the Endangered Species Act after a federal judge ruled that the state’s management plan for the species was inadequate.

July 8, 2015
Forest Mountain Stream, © Warren Sander

Americans strongly back the Endangered Species Act and don't like it when lawmakers decide which species are protected under the law, according to an online poll released today by conservation groups.

June 23, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. – The public is invited to weigh in on the future of the Florida panther at a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission this afternoon in Sarasota.

June 11, 2015

A long-awaited study on wild bison weighs restoring the burly animals to public, tribal or private lands in Montana more than a century after they were driven to near-extinction. But the 170-page draft study released Thursday by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks steers clear of the crucial question of where bison restoration work will occur.

June 11, 2015

Surrounded by red rock, an hour’s drive north of iconic Zion National Park, Cedar City, Utah, has more than doubled its population since 1990. The town transformed from a quiet ranching community to an up-and-coming hotspot for retirees and outdoors enthusiasts. But the growth hasn’t just been for people. Utah prairie dogs, which live only in this region, numbered just a few thousand animals in the early 1970s due to trapping, poisoning and disease, which earned them full protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Today, there are roughly 40,000 prairie dogs, and the rodents have been upgraded to threatened status.

June 20, 2015

This summer the federal government plans to release Mexican gray wolf pups bred in captivity directly into New Mexico for the first time – part of what it says is an effort to encourage the endangered lobo’s recovery – if the state grants permission. Wolves have been bred in captivity in New Mexico for years but then released in Arizona, where some eventually were captured for one of various reasons and then relocated to New Mexico. But a new management rule that took effect in February permits the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to introduce “new” wolves, or those bred in captivity, directly into the New Mexico wild – a critical step, advocates say, toward improving the genetics of the population.