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April 3, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

Officials from southwestern states are gearing up to battle the federal government over a new round of fowl language. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s March 27 listing of the lesser prairie chicken as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act has ruffled feathers of state leaders and land users in the Southwest, particularly after years of coalition efforts to restore bird numbers.

April 3, 2014

The makers of d-CON products have filed a lawsuit challenging a California effort to limit the sale of super-toxic rat poisons to licensed specialists.

March 31, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

The Obama Administration is declaring the Lesser Prairie Chicken a threatened species, a designation that is one step down from an endangered species and offers more flexibility in determining how the protections will be applied. The move affects five states: Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado.

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.