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February 18, 2014

California authorities are on the hunt for the person or persons responsible for fatally shooting three sea otters last year. Conservationists and animal rights activists from several private and public groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information that could lead to the culprits’ arrest.

February 10, 2014

Entanglement with fishing gear threatens the endangered North Atlantic right whale. What can we do to protect them and help this species recover before it's too late?

February 10, 2014
Photo: Joel Sartore

The Interior Department failed to use the best available science and relied heavily on a controversial study to justify its proposal last summer to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in most of the United States, according to an independent peer review.

February 6, 2014

Utah’s federal court will have two openings for jurists with the announcement that two veteran judges are moving to senior status. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson, 65, took senior status effective on Jan. 1. Chief Justice Ted Stewart, 65, will assume that status in September.

February 5, 2014
Gray wolf, © Peter Thiemann

Pause for a moment and savor this: The population of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico grew from 75 to 83 last year. That’s nearly double the 2009 count. It’s a victory for our shared national values, which are expressed in the Endangered Species Act.

February 4, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

PHOENIX – The number of Mexican gray wolves roaming eastern Arizona and western New Mexico increased by eight to 83 wolves in the past year, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

February 3, 2014

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE, N.C. -- The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is named after a snuff salesman-turned-World War I sergeant who went on to serve 12 terms in Congress before his death in 1965. Bonner's congressional career included a stint as chairman of the now-defunct House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. He was also an advocate for constituents on the Outer Banks here when most of the barrier island chain was accessible only by boat.

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.

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