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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.

November 19, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

The fight over a predator-killing contest scheduled to take place around Salmon, Idaho, in January isn’t over yet. On Thursday, Nov. 13, the BLM approved a five-year permit to conduct a predator derby there each winter. Almost immediately, two coalitions of conservation groups each filed a lawsuit in federal court.

November 18, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public hearing in Redding on its proposal to protect the West Coast population of fisher as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The hearing will be held Monday at the Red Lion Inn, 1830 Hilltop Drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Fishers have been part of forests of the Pacific states for thousands of years, but they have virtually disappeared from much of Washington, Oregon and California.

November 17, 2014

Pearl Yellow Hawk spent hours in the minus 13-degree sunshine watching bison burst one by one out of semi-trailers and into their new home. “My grandparents lived to see them go,” the 86-year-old Dakota Sioux woman said. “In 1883, more than 300 Assiniboine starved to death at Wolf Point after the bison were all killed. My grandmother lived through that. I’m glad the buffalo are back here again.”

November 14, 2014
Bison, © Walter Novak

A group of Yellowstone National Park bison is due to finally arrive at a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation on Thursday, almost a decade after they were captured and spared from slaughter. About 100 of the 138 animals were loaded onto trucks late Wednesday to travel overnight to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

November 13, 2014
Bison, © Walter Novak

A group of Yellowstone National Park bison is due to finally arrive at a permanent home on a northeastern Montana American Indian reservation on Thursday, almost a decade after they were captured and spared from slaughter. About 100 of the 138 animals were loaded onto trucks late Wednesday to travel overnight to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, home to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.

November 12, 2014

Thirty million bison reduced to just 1,000 - 99.997 percent of all bison perished- a loss so great it staggered the imaginations of Americans in the 1880s. This near total annihilation of a native wildlife species left the Great Plains without wild bison for over 100 years. Saved from extinction through our country's first major conservation effort, its complete recovery and restoration to its former range remains elusive. This week, 139 healthy, genetically pure, wild bison will reclaim a small part of their historic home on the Great Plains when they arrive at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeast Montana on November 13.

November 3, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Bruce Faanes

For Suzanne Stone, an Idaho representative of the group Defenders of Wildlife, the cause was nothing less than a cry for justice. Wolves, Ms. Stone told a Retro Report interviewer, “belonged here just as much as the bison and the native people.”

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