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March 27, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Idaho's wolf population is on the decline. If you take Gov. Butch Otter and the Legislature seriously, the population is heading toward 10 breeding pairs, or 150 wolves. That's the goal set in the 2002 wolf management plan that will remain the state's official policy unless it is changed by the Idaho Legislature.

March 26, 2014

Environmental groups yesterday notified U.S. EPA that they intend to sue the agency over its approval of a new pesticide because of the potential harm to endangered species such as butterflies and fish. In a notice sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the groups charged that the agency had violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to consult the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service -- which oversee management for such species -- before approving the use of the insecticide cyantraniliprole. The agency also gave the green light for 14 products that contained the chemical.

March 25, 2014

Conservation and food-safety groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for failing to protect hundreds of endangered fish, butterflies and other species from a new, toxic pesticide called cyantraniliprole.

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.