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March 24, 2014

A new federal study casts more doubt on the fate of the imperiled greater sage grouse, suggesting that once areas within the bird's historical range are scorched by wildfires they may no longer be suitable habitat even after extensive efforts to restore the land.

March 21, 2014

A proposal to dramatically expand the territory available for bison living in and around Yellowstone National Park s still under consideration, despite a decision by the Montana Board of Livestock this week to table the plan pending further analysis.

March 19, 2014

The Montana Board of Livestock wants more information before approving a compromise that would let bison roam west of Yellowstone National Park throughout the year. On Tuesday, after considering a proposal to accept the opening of a new bison-tolerance zone outside West Yellowstone as long as the park limited the bison population, the Board of Livestock voted to take no action.

March 18, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

Environmental officials in five states, including Texas, said surging interest in a conservation plan to save the quickly disappearing lesser prairie-chicken should persuade the federal government not to list the bird as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

March 12, 2014

DENVER -- The Interior Department this summer plans to unveil an online conservation database to help it decide whether to list the greater sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species.

March 11, 2014
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore

Ever since the wolf reintroduction in 1995, there have been severe conflicts over their management. The most common complaint from state officials is resentment toward the federal government’s wolf protection mandates, which prohibited Idaho from managing wolves as it does other resident species.

March 10, 2014

Washington’s wildlife agency reported Saturday that its annual survey tallied 52 endangered gray wolves in the state at the end of 2013, one more than in 2012.The results come as conservation groups urge the state to pull support from a federal effort to roll back protections for the predators. The Department of Fish and Wildlife also found five successful breeding pairs in 2013, the same number as reported in the 2012 count.

March 7, 2014

Eleven conservation organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Washington residents sent a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife today urging the agency to rescind its support for stripping wolves of federal Endangered Species Act protections.

March 6, 2014

The group Defenders of Wildlife filed suit today to overturn the Interior Department's approval of two large solar projects planned for the Ivanpah Valley in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas, saying that the projects were approved without enough consideration of the damage they'd cause the federally Threatened desert tortoise.

February 28, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Sometimes Washington politics can seem worlds away, but a recent report on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to removed gray wolves from the Endangered Species list across most of the continental U.S. made headlines here in Colorado.

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