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March 11, 2014
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore

Ever since the wolf reintroduction in 1995, there have been severe conflicts over their management. The most common complaint from state officials is resentment toward the federal government’s wolf protection mandates, which prohibited Idaho from managing wolves as it does other resident species.

March 10, 2014

Washington’s wildlife agency reported Saturday that its annual survey tallied 52 endangered gray wolves in the state at the end of 2013, one more than in 2012.The results come as conservation groups urge the state to pull support from a federal effort to roll back protections for the predators. The Department of Fish and Wildlife also found five successful breeding pairs in 2013, the same number as reported in the 2012 count.

March 7, 2014

Eleven conservation organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Washington residents sent a letter to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife today urging the agency to rescind its support for stripping wolves of federal Endangered Species Act protections.

March 6, 2014

The group Defenders of Wildlife filed suit today to overturn the Interior Department's approval of two large solar projects planned for the Ivanpah Valley in the Mojave Desert south of Las Vegas, saying that the projects were approved without enough consideration of the damage they'd cause the federally Threatened desert tortoise.

February 28, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Sometimes Washington politics can seem worlds away, but a recent report on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to removed gray wolves from the Endangered Species list across most of the continental U.S. made headlines here in Colorado.

February 25, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

The lesser prairie chicken was once so common among the tall grasses of the southern Great Plains that it was a staple of the pioneer diet. Oil wells and wind farms now populate the football-sized grouse's range - and the bird's numbers are in rapid decline, prompting the federal government to propose protections for saving the species from extinction.

February 21, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

The Endangered Species Act sounds simple on paper. Its goal is to preserve biological diversity, protect critical habitat, and recover threatened species across the country. But nothing is simple when it comes to the environment.

February 21, 2014

Animal rights and conservation groups are up in arms over Yellowstone National Park’s plan to reduce its bison population. Park officials confirm that they will capture and transfer hundreds of bison that wander outside of park limits to local Native American tribes for slaughter over the next two years.

February 19, 2014

I cannot say I was surprised by the recent peer review report on wolf delisting from a panel of independent scientists. They unanimously concluded that the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's (the Service) proposal to strip federal protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states was not supported by the best available science.

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.