Defenders In the News
Greater sage grouse feathers stick in the craws of Utah politicians. U. S. Rep. Rob Bishop is raising the specter that efforts to protect the lowly, but threatened, bird will endanger military training operations. Defense Department leaders say that's a nonstarter . But last week, Bishop still amended an annual defense bill barring the listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act for a decade — just in case
The Obama administration is close to granting final approval to a multi-state power line project that would allow wind-generated electricity in Wyoming to power homes and businesses from Las Vegas to San Diego, Calif., but that still has some environmentalists concerned about potential impacts to greater sage grouse.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., this week rejected a lawsuit by more than a dozen logging, grazing and off-highway vehicle groups that sought to overturn the Forest Service's 2012 planning rule, marking a major win for the Obama administration and conservation groups.
Gov. Steve. Bullock will have the final say over a bill that gives county commissioners veto power over state efforts to transplant bison to new homes in Montana. Senate Bill 284 gives a board of county commissioners power to review and deny proposals by the state Department of Livestock or the state Department of Fish and Game to move bison.
Construction is slated to start this fall on a major overhaul of a small irrigation dam along the lower Yellowstone River to allow endangered pallid sturgeon to pass upstream more easily, officials said Wednesday. The completion of an environmental study on the project earlier this month means the $59 million project can proceed, said Brent Esplin, Bureau of Reclamation area manager for the Great Plains region.
Florida wildlife officials moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to allow black bear hunting for the first time in more than two decades. "The Florida black bear is a conservation success story in Florida," said Brian Yablonski, vice chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "They're moving toward us as we're moving toward them."
Warming temperatures and drier conditions could wipe out swaths of prime greater sage grouse habitat in southwest Wyoming, according to a new federal study that lists climate change as the top future threat to the survival of the imperiled bird.
Despite efforts by the state of Idaho and individual hunters to kill more wolves, the population remains well above the 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs required to keep gray wolves off the endangered species list under a federal 2009 delisting rule, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported.
The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres (5 million hectares) from oil and gas drilling. U.S. President Barack Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner released by the White House, stood by his administration's earlier recommendation to preserve a wide swath of the state's Arctic refuge, setting up a likely battle with the Republican-led Congress over the oil-rich area.
Federal and state agencies in Washington state's rugged North Cascades are racing to save the iconic grizzly bear before the 600-pound behemoths disappear. Grizzlies that once numbered in the thousands from north-central Washington into British Columbia have dwindled to no more than 30 or so animals spread across the North Cascades ecosystem, 13,600 square miles in the United States and Canada.