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January 28, 2014
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife managers Monday called off a professional hunter who has been killing wolves inside a federal wilderness area since last year amid an effort by advocates to convince federal courts to halt the hunt. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said it was calling off the hunt, which it said was meant to bolster lackluster elk populations, after nine wolves were killed.

January 24, 2014

An ongoing battle over an Interior Department rule-making that allows wind-energy producers to kill bald and golden eagles without prosecution has created a rift between environmental advocates and the wind industry.

January 23, 2014
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock

To get the rock needed for making pavement and concrete, miners want to dynamite and dig up thousands of acres in Lee and Collier counties that's currently habitat for the Florida panther. When Central Florida's phosphate miners are done digging up their fertilizer ingredients, they're required to restore the land. Not limerock miners. Instead their pit is converted into an artificial lake and the property around it subdivided and turned into waterfront lots.

January 17, 2014

As reported in an exclusive to the Washington Post today, eighteen environmental, environmental justice and public health advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama, calling on his administration to embrace clean energy and climate action over an “all of the above” energy plan.

January 15, 2014

Google Earth and Google Street View have made it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to explore some of the world's most spectacular destinations, right from their computer, tablet or smartphone.

Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Defenders of Wildlife and other groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Forest Service's assistance to a hunter-trapper hired to exterminate two wolf packs in the Frank Church River-of-No-Return Wilderness. Tim Preso, an attorney with Earthjustice in Bozeman, Mont., filed the lawsuit after the Idaho Department of Fish and Game hired a hunter-trapper and put him up in a Cabin Creek cabin owned by the Forest Service. The lawsuit, filed with U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, says the Forest Service allowed the Fish and Game to carry out the wolf killing without meeting the requirements of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the National Environmental Policy Act.

January 3, 2014

Conservation groups are criticizing a proposal to reduce the amount of land protected for prairie dogs in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The U.S. Forest Service is considering shrinking the acreage of protected land, largely because ranchers have concerns about livestock being injured in prairie dog holes and acquiring diseases.

December 29, 2013

Much is in play as deadlines loom and discussions continue over how to protect a chicken-sized bird found across much of the Nevada, with possible steps to protect the land upon which it depends coming with potentially huge economic consequences.

November 10, 2013

Wolves have a terrible public relations problem that dates back many centuries. In old fables, they’re constantly up to no good, stalking Little Red Riding Hood and blowing down the houses of the Three Little Pigs. Their storied reputation might explain why people are quick to put a price on their heads for killing livestock or simply showing their faces.

October 15, 2013

In a move to protect wildlife and human health, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late last week signed legislation banning lead ammunition. The move, cheered by wildlife groups and public health advocates, makes the Golden State the first to enact a statewide ban on the ammunition, which is blamed for the deaths of endangered California condors, golden eagles and more than 100 other bird species.

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