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May 29, 2014

“So much for corporate responsibility,” said Jason Rylander, senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife. “Now that both EPA and the state of California have moved to curb the use of d-Con and other risky poisons, Reckitt Benckiser needs to do the right thing and stop fighting these common-sense measures to stop accidental poisonings.”

May 28, 2014
Photo: Joel Sartore

Nearly 20 years ago, I served on the team that carefully captured and released the first wolves in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Though this reintroduction effort was heralded internationally as a significant American achievement in the recovery of endangered species, we’re in a far different place today, and especially in Idaho.

May 27, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering new rules for managing the development of private, state or tribally owned mineral interests within the national refuge system, prompting concerns from officials in Alaska who say it flies in the face of existing laws.

May 23, 2014
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock

VENUS — In a move that has never been tried before by the federal government, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials want to pay big landowners to maintain their property as good panther habitat.

May 22, 2014

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) believes changes are necessary in regulations covering oil and gas activity within federal wildlife refuges, an FWS official told a US House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee. Three other witnesses representing producers with such operations strongly disagreed, while another from an environmental group called for stricter requirements.

May 21, 2014
Bison with calf, © Diana LeVasseur

State livestock officials on Tuesday again declined to act on a plan to give wild bison from Yellowstone National Park more room to roam in parts of Montana, leaving the future of the proposal in doubt. Montana Board of Livestock members voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone action on a proposal from the state that would ease restrictions on Yellowstone bison that enter Montana.

May 20, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

The Forest Service is evaluating changes in the way it manages the nation's largest grassland in western North Dakota as part of an effort conservation leaders say is long overdue to save the greater sage grouse and its dwindling habitat.

May 19, 2014

With a flourish of his pen and the exclamation, “Now that’s a law,” Gov. John Hickenlooper paved the way for the reintroduction of the endangered black-footed ferret to northern Larimer County on Saturday in Fort Collins. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that will allow the prairie dog-eating carnivores to return to Soapstone Prairie, a natural area owned by the city of Fort Collins.

May 12, 2014

The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council is extending the deadline for livestock producers to submit applications to receive payments for wolf presence under the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Plan. The previous May 1 deadline has been extended to June 2 to accommodate additional livestock producers desiring to apply.

May 7, 2014

The International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) passed a strongly worded resolution urging Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to stop the high rates of bycatch of endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles in commercial fisheries operating in the Gulf of Ulloa, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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