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January 15, 2015

HELENA, Mont. – The idea of wild bison restoration in Montana has strong voter support, according to a new poll by Tulchin Research. Jonathan Proctor is Rockies and Plains program director for the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, which sponsored the pole. He says the results also show that Montanans aren't keen about the Legislature thwarting restoration efforts – and he says there's word of six bills being drafted that would do just that. - See more at:

January 14, 2015
Bison, © Walter Novak

Several bison-related bills are expected to be introduced at the Montana Legislature this year as the debate continues over the appropriateness of transplanting wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to new locations in the state.

January 8, 2015
Dry riverbed, © NOAA

Negotiations between California lawmakers over water management during the state's historic drought are continuing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said yesterday. Congressional solutions to California's drought over the past year have centered on increasing water deliveries to farms and cities in the southern half of the state.

December 22, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

Ketchum’s City Council wants Idahoans to co-exist with wolves. The council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night, hailing the Wood River Wolf Project, a project sponsored by the pro-wolf group Defenders of Wildlife that, since 2007, has worked with sheepherders in Blaine County to protect their flocks through non-lethal means, such as guard dogs, trail cameras and spotlights.

December 17, 2014
forest, © Lindsay Kaun

The Lakeview Stewardship Group, a Lake County group formed 16 years ago to work for forest restoration projects on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, received the 2014 Meeting America’s Needs Award from Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell.

December 12, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

Shoot a wolf, kill a cow? That’s the counterintuitive outcome of a look at 25 years of wolf management statistics in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by a Washington researcher wondering how wolf populations might affect his state.

December 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Dec. 9 announced the red knot is now protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “The eastern Red Knot is a magnificent bird in steep decline,” said Audubon vice president Mike Daulton. “It needs our help, and Audubon supports today’s listing. Human activities have pushed this shorebird to the brink, but we know that we can make a difference if we act now.”

December 3, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

Major environmental groups are torn over a massive package of parks, wilderness and development bills that has been attached to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a bipartisan, bicameral measure that appears poised to pass Congress.

December 2, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Anti-wildlife Idaho residents won’t get a chance to slaughter predators in a government-sanctioned event this year, as the Bureau of Land Management has decided to cancel a permit for a so-called predator derby that was scheduled to be held on public lands near Salmon in January. The event would have offered prizes in a contest to kill the most wolves, coyotes, and other species over three days every year for five years, beginning Jan. 2, 2015.

November 21, 2014

Saying the project “would not be in the public interest,” the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application for a controversial wind and solar farm in the Silurian Valley. The closely watched decision is considered a test for how the federal agency will handle future requests to build renewable energy projects outside established development areas.