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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Wildlife groups sue for wolverine protections

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Making it three-in-a-row posts on environmental lawsuits --- a coalition of advocacy groups today challenged the government’s denial of federal protections for the snow-loving wolverine, filing a lawsuit that contends officials ignored evidence a warming climate will eliminate denning areas for the...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Conservation groups to sue feds over wolverine decision

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine. The federal agency announced Tuesday it was reversing course on climate change’s threat...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

Feds doubt climate change’s impact on wolverines

THREATENED SPECIES -- The wolverine, perhaps the coolest critter you've never seen, is threatened, according to considerable research, by global warming that's likely to reduce the snow packs vital to the species' denning needs. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service isn't going out on...

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

Idaho adopts wolverine management plan

THREATENED SPECIES -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission last week unanimously approved the nation's first state management plan for sustaining the largest member of the weasel family. The Management Plan for the Conservation of Wolverines in Idaho, developed by Idaho Department of Fish and...

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

Comments due on Idaho’s wolverine plan

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Monday, June 9, is the deadline to comment on the Idaho Wolverine Conservation Plan proposed by the state Fish and Game Department's. The document was released May 19 for a 21-day public review. Wolverines are members of the weasel family. In the...

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

Researchers finding more wolverines

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Remote cameras, GPS monitoring and DNA testing continues to reveal more about one of the most secretive of North American carnivores. Montana, Alberta researchers report result of wolverine study A $1.7-million study begun in 2009 by Parks Canada, the Miistakis Institute in...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Protection elusive for elusive wolverine

USFWS again extends comment period on protection of wolverines A dispute on the reliability of conflicting research on wolverines was cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its decision to extend by six months the public comment period on a proposal to put...

TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Climate change dampens wolverine endangered species listing

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- An organization of wildlife officials for Western states is asking the federal government to delay a possible listing for wolverines as a threatened species, which could mean an end to trapping outside Alaska for the animal’s fur. According to the Salt Lake...

THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 2013

Volunteers sign-up for North Idaho wolverine project

WILDLIFE -- Volunteers are needed once again to monitor wolverine bait stations in the Idaho Panhandle in a state Fish and Game research project organized by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Kristen Nowicki, the group's new field projects director, has set up a...

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

State leaders oppose plan to protect wolverines

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- While 25 environmental groups quickly applauded a federal proposal to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act last week, officials from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have declared the effort unnecessary. “There is no evidence suggesting that wolverines will not adapt sufficiently to...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013

25 groups call for protecting wolverines

WILDLIFE -- The Lands Council based in Spokane joined 24 other environmental groups today in calling for the federal government to protect wolverines under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the wolverine as a...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

Wolverine, lynx, fishers studied in Montana

WILDLIFE -- Montana's big Crown of the Continent wilderness areas are providing fertile ground for research on wolverines, lynx and fishers, as you can read in this Missoulian story. This research eventually will blend with similar efforts in Idaho and Washington to help get a...

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Video: Wash. wolverines trapped, tracked for research

WILDLIFE -- Research underway in Washington, Oregon and Idaho seeks to understand more about a wilderness icon, North America's reclusive carnivore -- the wolverine. Last weekend we took a glimpse at how citizen scientists are helping Idaho Fish and Game monitor a range of carnivores...

THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

Wide-ranging wolverine opened researchers’ eyes

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species is generating more insight into the elusive carnivore. Even in modern times, wildlife biologists are just documenting the life-history suggested in this quote of the day: "We...

FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

Feds propose endangered status for wolverine

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposal listing the wolverine in the lower 48 states as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. See Associated Press story. The agency announced its proposal today, a dozen years after environmental groups...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

Montana debates trapping of threatened wolverines

THREATENED SPECIES -- Montana is taking a controversial stand on trapping of wolverines. Montana FWP says it will oppose federal protection of wolverines The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to propose listing the wolverine as a threatened species next week, a decision that...

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013


Volunteers to be trained for wolverine research

WILDLIFE -- A training workshop will be held Saturday in Sandpoint for volunteers planning to help wildlife researchers monitor wolverines, lynx and fishers in North Idaho this winter. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the Idaho Conservation League and Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE)...

MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Vote online to boost North Idaho wolverine study

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness once again is asking people to vote online before Sunday (Oct. 28) to help the group garner $27,600 in requested grants from Zoo Boise that would be applied to wolverine research in the Idaho Panhandle....

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Wolverine kit confirmed in North Cascades

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- After six years of effort, Methow Valley-based researchers have documented that wolverines have produced kits this spring in the North Cascades south of Highway 20. A remote camera had photographed a GPD-collared female carrying a kit from one den to another. That's...

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week. The photo comes from a...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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