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  • State’s wolf plan meeting today

    As Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are slashing budgets for existing programs, they’re meeting in Spokane today to deal with yet another new challenge – wolves. The state Fish and …


  • Washington groups petition to strip protections from wolves

    ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Two groups have filed a petition with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in the eastern …


  • Hundreds of plants, animals up for new protections

    The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah’s Ark — from the …


  • Getting a nose count

    Next summer, grizzly bears will follow their noses to census sites. Enticed by the smell of fermented cow blood and fish guts, they’ll crawl through corrals of barbed wire to …


  • Field reports: Rare pygmy rabbits breeding in basin

    WILDLIFE – For the first time in a decade, the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit appears to have successfully bred in its historic range. A litter of kits has been …


  • Area wolf poaching case to trial in September

    The case of a Methow Valley ranch family accused of killing protected wolves and smuggling their hides out of the country is set for federal trial in Spokane this fall. …


  • Pygmy rabbits breed successfully

    For the first time in a decade, the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit has successfully bred in its historic range. A litter of kits has been confirmed in a 6-acre …


  • Gray wolves go back to state control

    The Obama administration today announced it is lifting endangered species act protections for 5,500 gray wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes.


  • Otter, officials to discuss wolf hunt

    LEWISTON – Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game plan to meet with Gov. Butch Otter on Monday to discuss a public wolf hunting season. “We will be …


  • Researcher explains threats to wolverine in its remote range

    Perhaps the only critter at top of the food chain that’s rarer and more set apart than a wolverine is the wolverine researcher. “Worldwide, maybe a dozen people are working …


  • Budget would delist wolves

    BILLINGS – Gray wolves in Montana and Idaho would be taken off the endangered list under the budget bill pending before Congress, two Western lawmakers said. Inclusion of the language …


  • Tsunami one more disaster for albatross

    The albatross has had more ups and downs with Japan’s seismic events than the courtship flight of a snipe. While the world focuses on Japan’s March 11 earthquake disaster, a …


  • Out & About: Art Wolfe to share photos at Whitworth

    Art Wolfe to share photos at Whitworth OUTSEE – Wildlife photographer and Public TV “Travels to the Edge” host Art Wolfe will give a lecture and slide show Tuesday, 7 …


  • Feds may kill owls to save owls

    PORTLAND – Federal wildlife officials looking to protect the spotted owl will likely recommend shooting the threatened species’ biggest menace – a larger, more aggressive type of owl – according …


  • Idaho panel suspends wolf management

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday endorsed a decision by Gov. Butch Otter to halt state management of wolves.


  • Wolf talks at impasse, Schweitzer says

    BILLINGS – Montana’s governor said negotiations to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list have hit an impasse after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior …


  • State, federal leaders continue wolf talks

    BILLINGS – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations Thursday to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions. Western …


  • Wolf negotiations resume, but no consensus

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations today to remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions.


  • Salazar, states discuss wolf management

    After years of legal wrangling over wolf management, the Obama administration and the governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming on Monday discussed crafting an end-game – including whether Congress should …


  • North Idaho sheriff denies raffle targets wolves

    GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – A northern Idaho sheriff said he is not advocating the illegal shooting of federally protected wolves by offering a hunting rifle and a shovel as the prize …


  • Chances slim for wolf bills in this Congress

    BILLINGS – Lawmakers from the Northern Rockies say pending bills aimed at getting gray wolves off the endangered species list have little chance of passage this year. A time crunch, …


  • Feds delay decision on Idaho wolf killing

    LEWISTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service won’t be able to respond to Idaho’s petition to kill wolves in the upper Clearwater River Basin as soon as hoped, an …


  • Pend Oreille wolf pack likely won’t stay as large

    A wolf pack with a dozen members has been spotted in northern Pend Oreille County, a state wildlife biologist confirmed. The pack, one of three confirmed in Washington state, consists …


  • Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit still endangered

    Threats to the survival of the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit have increased in the past five years, in part because the tiny animals are not breeding enough, the U.S. …


  • Gridlock on wolves alienates key allies

    An impasse over wolf management in the Northern Rockies is alienating hunters and ranchers, groups whose support is crucial to the canny predators’ long-term success in the region, experts say. …


  • Feds say pygmy rabbits remain endangered

    Threats to the survival of the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit have increased in the past five years, in part because the tiny animals are not breeding enough, the U.S. …


  • Allred wants to retain state control of wolves

    BOISE – Keith Allred, Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, announced Thursday that he opposes Gov. Butch Otter’s decision to pull Idaho out of wolf management, and that if elected, …


  • Idaho pulling back on wolves

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter ordered state wildlife managers Monday to stop arresting poachers and investigating illegal killings of wolves, saying the state is getting out of wolf management. Without the …


  • Idaho won’t manage wolves under ESA

    After talks with the federal government collapsed, Gov. Butch Otter ordered Idaho wildlife managers today to relinquish their duty to arrest poachers or to even investigate when wolves are killed …


  • Mont. lawmaker alleges non-protection of wolves in Idaho

    MISSOULA – Idaho officials are disputing a claim by Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana that Idaho won’t enforce federal protection of wolves. The Missoulian reported that Rehberg on Thursday …

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