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  • Idaho senators oppose expanded caribou habitat

    Only two woodland caribou were spotted in North Idaho in 1983, when the last wild herd in the Lower 48 received emergency protection under the Endangered Species Act. As the …


  • Spill water encourages sturgeon breeding

    Spilling water over Libby Dam may have aided endangered Kootenai River sturgeon this spring by coaxing the giant fish upriver to better spawning grounds. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers …


  • Caribou habitat costs studied

    Protecting old-growth habitat for endangered woodland caribou will cost about $1.5 million over the next 20 years, according to a draft economic analysis prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife …


  • Bonner County files petition to delist caribou

    Endangered species protections should be rescinded for the 46 caribou in the South Selkirk herd, Bonner County argued Wednesday in a delisting petition. “Caribou aren’t endangered, when you look at …


  • County seeking to delist caribou

    A law firm that successfully argued a North Idaho couple’s wetlands dispute with the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court has been retained by Bonner County to petition for …


  • Feds extend comment period for caribou habitat

    Citing requests from Idaho’s governor, local governments and the Kootenai Tribe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a 60-day extension for public comment on a proposal to designate …


  • Wildlife managers work to avoid grizzly encounters

    Rules for staying safe in bear country are easily posted on signs, websites and pamphlets. The hard part: getting folks to absorb information.


  • Caribou face precarious prognosis

    While the Cessna 182 circled, Tim Layser used binoculars to peer down into a snowy meadow. Woodland caribou tracks crossed the glade and led into a grove of trees. But …


  • In grizzly country, caution is key

    Grizzly bears are tucked away in their winter dens for at least another six weeks. But grizzly specialist Kim Annis is already embarking on northwestern Montana’s rural talk circuit. Hired …


  • Caribou comment period extended

    Members of the public will have an additional 60 days to comment on a controversial plan to designate 375,000 acres in the Selkirk Mountains as critical habitat for endangered caribou. …


  • 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, …


  • Grizzly attack info not being received

    MISSOULA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to do a better job of informing backcountry users how to avoid dangerous encounters with grizzly bears, an official with the …


  • Prosecutor releases details of N. Idaho grizzly killing

    A grizzly shot by a Boundary County man had approached within 40 yards of his children, who were outside playing basketball, and when wounded, charged at the man, according to …


  • Landers: Trial will show whether grizzly shooting was justified

    A North Idaho man deserves our respect for calling wildlife authorities after he shot a grizzly bear in his yard on May. 8. That was the right thing to do. …


  • Not guilty plea entered in federal case of shot grizzly

    A Boundary County man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to unlawfully killing a female grizzly bear in his yard. So many friends and family members showed up to support Jeremy M. …


  • Supporters pack hearing for man who killed grizzly

    A Boundary County man pleaded not guilty today to unlawfully killing a female grizzly bear in his yard. So many friends and family members showed up to support Jeremy M. …


  • 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 …


  • Reward offered in eagle shooting

    A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a golden eagle in Asotin County.


  • Feds weighing songbirds’ health in mine waste area

    Townsend’s warblers are showy lightweights. Each of the tiny birds sports a dark crown, jaunty yellow chest and a weight comparable to a Hershey’s chocolate kiss. They’re mostly seen in …


  • Federal officials say wolverines need protection

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the wolverine should be added to the list of endangered and threatened species.


  • Agencies increase caribou protections

    Federal and state agencies will step up patrols in the Selkirk Mountains this winter to keep snowmobiles out of protected woodland caribou habitat. While most snowmobilers obey the rules, a …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Protection for bull trout habitat expanded in West

    The Obama administration today greatly expanded protections for waterways critical to the restoration of threatened bull trout, making it tougher for agencies to approve logging, mining and livestock grazing across …


  • $10,000 in rewards offered in killing of Ore. wolf

    Rewards totaling $10,000 were offered today for information in the killing of a federally protected wolf in northeastern Oregon.


  • Wetland project a boon for birds along Coeur d’Alene River

    Tundra swans that stop to feed in Mike Schlepp’s wetlands won’t end up with gullets full of lead. Since 2007, the federal government has worked to transform 400 acres of …


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