Stories tagged: endangered species act
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017, 9:04 P.M.
These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.
The federal Endangered Species Act has been called the world’s gold standard for environmental protection. Passed in 1973, it strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 5:31 P.M.
Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list
A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 8:25 A.M.
Yellowstone grizzlies could be removed from endangered species list
State and federal wildlife managers are considering removing Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears living in Yellowstone National Park.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016, 3:21 P.M.
Conservation groups sue over Oregon’s wolf delisting
Conservation groups argue in a new lawsuit that Oregon violated its own Endangered Species Act by removing the endangered status of gray wolves.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016, 12:18 P.M.
Bull trout lawsuit targets Payette National Forest roads
An environmental group has filed a lawsuit contending two federal agencies are violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to analyze how roads and motorized trails could be harming threatened …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2016, 1:17 P.M.
Protections rejected for American pika, other species
Federal officials on Tuesday rejected greater protections for six species including the rabbit-like American pika, which researchers warn is disappearing from areas of the Western U.S. as climate change alters …
MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2016, 10:20 P.M.
Idaho plant at center of legal battle listed as threatened
Slickspot peppergrass, a small, flowering plant found only in southwest Idaho, will again be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 12:34 P.M.
Bull trout lawsuit targets 26 dams in Columbia River Basin
An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit contending that 26 dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout and violating the Endangered Species Act.
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016, 3:46 P.M.
Request to lift Snake River fall chinook endanged listing is denied
The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016
Rich Landers: Grizzly hunt would be wrong if it was only goal of ESA
The Endangered Species Act gets favorable reviews for ushering the recovery of critters, such as bald eagles, that don’t take up too much space in our lives and emotions. But …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 10:28 A.M.
Western states look closely at endangered species protection
DENVER – Wildlife managers, conservationists and business interests are meeting in Denver as the Western Governors Association looks for ways to change the way endangered species are protected. They’ll spend …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2015
Idaho sues over Interior’s sage grouse ruling
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though that ruling said endangered species protections …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2015, 7:21 A.M.
US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a …
SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2015
Washington bill calls to adjust wolf plan
OLYMPIA – An Eastern Washington rancher lost some 300 sheep to wolves last year when the flock was sent to a grazing area that contained a wolf den. Wildlife experts …
SUNDAY, FEB. 22, 2015, 10:13 A.M.
Idaho puts forward plan to protect sage grouse habitat
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands has put forward a draft plan to protect sage grouse habitat on state endowment land as part an effort to avoid a federal …
SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 2014
Special to The Spokesman-Review: It’s time we accept wolves’ presence, right past wrongs
Have you seen the billboards around town about the Big Bad Wolf? They’re clearly designed to scare us in the hopes that wolves stay gone forever from this part of …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014
Judge reinstates federal protection for wolves in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming wolves are back under federal protection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected …
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014
South Selkirk caribou herd protections being revised
Caribou worldwide share similar features – branching antlers, stocky bodies covered with hollow hair that insulates against the cold, and snowshoe-like hooves. Herds across North America and northern Europe all …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014, 8:33 A.M.
Feds spend $236M to help landowners protect grouse
CASPER, Wyo. — The federal government has paid $236 million to landowners in 11 states to preserve sage grouse habitat amid a debate over whether the bird should be listed …
MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013, 2:04 P.M.
Feds defend plan to drop gray wolf protection
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal officials offered a staunch defense Monday of their proposal to drop legal protections for the gray wolf in most of the country, as opponents rallied …
TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013, 2:03 P.M.
Wolf advocates post how-to manual for saboteurs
HELENA, Mont. — Environmentalists upset with a federal proposal to remove protections for wolves across most of the U.S. have posted a manual on how to disrupt wolf hunts and …
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012, 6:54 A.M.
Wolf hunt opponents forgo appeal to Supreme Court
BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates say they decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court to keep wolves on the endangered list in Idaho and Montana after their arguments were …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012, 11:49 A.M.
Protection sought in west for rare woodpecker
RENO, Nev. — Smokey Bear has done such a good job stomping out forest fires the past half-century that a woodpecker that’s survived for millions of years by eating beetle …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011
Caribou protection worries officials
Protecting habitat for woodland caribou will create economic hardships in Bonner County’s rural communities, its board of commissioners said Tuesday, predicting that the designation would create new restrictions on logging, …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011
Idaho lawmakers seek grizzly amendment
Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators and North Idaho’s congressman introduced legislation Wednesday to amend the Endangered Species Act to reiterate that it’s OK to shoot a grizzly bear in self-defense …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2011, 10:20 A.M.
Idaho lawmakers propose ESA changes on grizzlies
Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators and North Idaho’s congressman introduced legislation Wednesday to amend the Endangered Species Act to clarify that it’s OK to shoot a grizzly bear in self-defense …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2011
Grizzly shooter pays $1,000; misdemeanor dropped
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Porthill, Idaho, man who shot and killed a grizzly bear in his yard. Instead, Jeremy M. Hill was issued …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2011
Federal judge rejects latest salmon protection plan
A federal judge in Oregon ruled Tuesday the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon once again violates the Endangered Species Act. …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011, 3:21 P.M.
Judge not satisfied with salmon-hydroelectric plan
A federal judge in Oregon has found the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon violates the Endangered Species Act.
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
Whitebark pines’ decline ‘rapid’
Ravaged by an introduced pest and facing threats from climate change, stands of whitebark pines are disappearing rapidly from the West’s high-elevation forests. The gnarly looking pines, whose fat-laden seeds …