Stories tagged: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sun., Feb. 3, 2013
Groups to sue over limiting of caribou habitat
Environmental groups intend to sue the federal government over its decision to cut more than 90 percent of the land originally proposed as critical habitat for the last mountain caribou …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 11:47 a.m.
Caribou endangered status under review again
SPOKANE — The federal government plans a new study to determine if the woodland caribou found in Idaho, Washington and Canada should continue to be protected as an endangered species.
Wed., Nov. 28, 2012
Fish and Wildlife sets aside land for caribou
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating about 30,000 acres in northeast Washington and North Idaho as critical habitat for woodland caribou, a fraction of the 375,000 acres originally …
Sun., Nov. 18, 2012
Disease, poison controlled wolves
After bison herds disappeared from the Great Plains in the 1880s, wolves turned to livestock for prey. Western states, and even counties, began offering bounties for killing wolves. In his …
Fri., Aug. 24, 2012, 7:12 a.m.
Idaho gets federal grant to inventory rare species
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is getting $950,000 to begin an inventory on rare species. The agency announced the grant Thursday, compliments of the U.S. Fish …
Fri., June 22, 2012
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 …
Tue., June 19, 2012
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 …
Thu., May 31, 2012
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 …
Thu., May 10, 2012
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Endangered species protections should be rescinded for the 46 caribou in the South Selkirk herd, Bonner County argued Wednesday in a delisting petition.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 …
Sun., April 29, 2012
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 …
Tue., March 20, 2012, 9:25 a.m.
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 …
Sun., March 18, 2012, 7:30 a.m.
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.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2012
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 …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2012
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 …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2012
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. …
Wed., 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, …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2011
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 …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2011, 10:36 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 25, 2011
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. …
Wed., Aug. 24, 2011
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. …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2011, 5:12 p.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. …
Tue., 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 …
Wed., June 8, 2011, 9:38 a.m.
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.
Thu., May 26, 2011
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 …
Mon., Dec. 13, 2010, 9:51 a.m.
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.
Fri., Dec. 3, 2010
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 …
Thu., Dec. 2, 2010, 5:21 p.m.
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.
Mon., Nov. 8, 2010
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 …
Thu., Oct. 28, 2010
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. …
Thu., Oct. 28, 2010
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. …