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January 27, 2015

The elusive and rarely seen Canada lynx is in trouble. No one knows exactly how many of the distinctive big cats remain in the United States, but all signs point to the fact that their population is shrinking while their habitats have become fragmented. That has prompted efforts to secure greater protection for Canada lynx.

January 26, 2015
Photo: Joel Sartore

Earlier this month, one of the U.S.’s most threatened and controversial species received new protections that federal wildlife managers hope will allow the species to gain new ground in its home range of New Mexico and Arizona.

January 20, 2015

Twenty years after their ancestors were released here in one of the most controversial wildlife projects of the century, wolf howls punctuated the cold winter air on Jan. 12 to the delight of dozens of wolf watchers. “This is a great day,” said Char Thompson, of Eugene, Ore., as she manned her spotting scope on a snowy hill near Junction Butte to watch the nearby wolves. “To have interaction, and so close.”

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.”