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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.

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.