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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.

January 17, 2014

As reported in an exclusive to the Washington Post today, eighteen environmental, environmental justice and public health advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama, calling on his administration to embrace clean energy and climate action over an “all of the above” energy plan.

January 15, 2014

Google Earth and Google Street View have made it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to explore some of the world's most spectacular destinations, right from their computer, tablet or smartphone.

Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Defenders of Wildlife and other groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Forest Service's assistance to a hunter-trapper hired to exterminate two wolf packs in the Frank Church River-of-No-Return Wilderness. Tim Preso, an attorney with Earthjustice in Bozeman, Mont., filed the lawsuit after the Idaho Department of Fish and Game hired a hunter-trapper and put him up in a Cabin Creek cabin owned by the Forest Service. The lawsuit, filed with U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, says the Forest Service allowed the Fish and Game to carry out the wolf killing without meeting the requirements of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the National Environmental Policy Act.

January 3, 2014

Conservation groups are criticizing a proposal to reduce the amount of land protected for prairie dogs in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The U.S. Forest Service is considering shrinking the acreage of protected land, largely because ranchers have concerns about livestock being injured in prairie dog holes and acquiring diseases.

December 29, 2013

Much is in play as deadlines loom and discussions continue over how to protect a chicken-sized bird found across much of the Nevada, with possible steps to protect the land upon which it depends coming with potentially huge economic consequences.

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