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UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Official blasts critic of Colorado nuclear plant cleanup

A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government’s assurances that …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

Agency proposes rare Oregon fish be taken off endangered list

A tiny fish found only in remote waters in southern Oregon has been recommended to be removed from the federal endangered species list.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

Trump reverses ban on importing elephants killed as trophies

The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts of African elephants shot for sport, contending that enabling wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 12:07 p.m.

Group files notice it will sue over walrus protection

A national environmental organization has filed notice that it will sue the federal government over its rejection of Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 1:16 p.m.

Reverse Obama’s ammunition ban on federal lands

Issued under cover of darkness by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, Director’s Order 219 places an immediate ban on the use of traditional ammunition in national parks, …


Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears

As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government …


Feds accepting comments on proposal to protect wolverines

U.S. wildlife officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to protect snow-loving wolverines as a threatened species.


Coeur d’Alene Tribe opens Northwest’s first tribal eagle aviary

The first tribal eagle aviary in the Northwest is opening on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation, which will allow the tribe to keep captive bald and golden eagles and collect …


U.S. bees added to endangered species list for first time

For the first time in the United States, bees have been placed on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday determined that seven species of …


Montana to destroy half million hatchery trout

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is destroying half a million hatchery trout because of disease concerns.


Montana, Wyoming, Idaho gear up for possible grizzly hunts

Hunters soon could be chasing grizzly bears across the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, leaving three states to drum up plans to ensure the iconic species won’t be snuffed out …


Lesser prairie chicken won’t be listed as threatened

The Obama administration has abandoned its effort to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, drawing cheers Wednesday from lawmakers who had fought the designation but skepticism about …


Montana releases draft grizzly hunting guidelines

Montana wildlife officials have released draft regulations for grizzly bear hunting in anticipation of the bears’ possible removal from the endangered species list.


Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.


Only U.S. grizzly recovery coordinator retiring after 35 years

The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.


Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego …


West Coast fisher denied endangered species protections

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided against giving federal protections to a weasel-like critter called the West Coast fisher, saying threats to the species weren’t as significant as …


Judge orders federal protections for snow-loving wolverines

A federal judge says the Obama administration brushed over the threat of climate change to the snow-loving wolverine when it denied protections for the elusive predator also known as the …


$10,000 reward offered for info about grizzly bear killing

Rewards of $10,000 are being offered for information leading to arrests and convictions in the killing last fall of a grizzly bear in Bonner County.


California condors reach key survival milestone in the wild

A captive breeding program that once included every living California condor has passed a key milestone in helping North America’s largest bird return to the wild.


Creepy creatures of Halloween deserve respect, wildlife officials say

European folklore influences how we think about wildlife. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program distinguishes myth from fact for six Halloween creatures.


Tribal member sentenced for killing eagles

A Coeur d’Alene tribal member was sentenced to three years probation and 300 hours of community service this week for killing eagles and other protected birds, a violation of federal …


Kootenai Tribe takes on caribou recovery

The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is stepping up efforts to save the last wild caribou herd in the Lower 48 states. The tribe has contracted with the U.S. Fish and …


Grizzly shot, killed near family’s North Idaho home

A 2-year-old male grizzly bear threatening a North Idaho family was shot and ultimately killed on Tuesday. Now Barbara Casey, who shot the bear, is worried she’s in trouble for …


Federal bull trout recovery plans online for review, input

Bull trout, whose presence is associated with pristine mountain lakes and streams, should soon have a federal recovery plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court-ordered deadline …


Judge tells agency to reconsider decision on caribou habitat

A federal judge on Monday ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider a decision that reduced critical habitat for the South Selkirk caribou herd by 90 percent. Six …


Group petitions for grizzly reintroduction in Selway-Bitterroot

An advocacy group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot area of Idaho and Montana.


Groups challenge wolverine decision

A coalition of advocacy groups on Monday challenged the government’s denial of federal protections for the snow-loving wolverine, arguing in a lawsuit that officials disregarded evidence a warming climate will …


Wolverines won’t be listed under ESA

Federal wildlife officials plan to withdraw proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine Tuesday, in a course reversal that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive …


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 …