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A few years ago there were no native westslope cutthroat trout in a 5-mile stretch of Cee Cee Auh Creek of northeast Washington. This summer, however, biologists estimate there are more than 3,000, a sign that a major recovery effort is working.
WILDERNESS -- Some government agency approvals for a proposed Hecla mine that would drill under the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness were overturned Tuesday by a federal judge in Missoula Conservation groups have been challenging government decisions that favored developing the Montanore Mine on the grounds that...
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 bull trout in the Payette National Forest in west-central Idaho. The federal lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians...
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 bull trout in the Payette National Forest in west-central Idaho.
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. The lawsuit filed by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies on Monday in Portland, Oregon, names the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation...
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.
Hecla Mining Company plans to buy a major silver deposit in Northwest Montana that for decades drawn the interest of speculators and the ire of conservationists.
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 in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and part of Nevada.. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Wild Swan filed the lawsuit...
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.
The owners of a Missoula outdoor film company, and an associate, have paid almost $6,000 in fines after receiving more than four dozen federal and state citations for illegal activities, the bulk involving multiple violations of bull trout fishing regulations.
Drought conditions are creating conflicts at Priest Lake. The mountain lake is one of North Idaho’s top resort destinations, drawing people from all over the region for fishing, boating and camping. But this year, there’s not enough water to keep Priest Lake at full pool for recreation, while still allowing a healthy outflow to support downstream fish habitat in Priest River.
FISHING -- Stemming from a lawsuit won by environmental groups, a federal agency is proposing revisions to his protections for by bull trout. Here's a peak at the proposals, which will be open to public comment, from the Associated Press. BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials...
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 to release a recovery plan by Sept. 30 for bull trout, which were once abundant across a six-state region. Starting this week, citizens can review and comment on six regional plans developed to rebuild populations, at www.fws.gov/pacific/bulltrout. Comments will be accepted through July 20 on the plans, which will help guide the final recovery document.
Salmon make an epic journey, swimming hundreds of miles from the ocean to return to their birthplace. To Tom Whalen, the shorter migration of Lake Pend Oreille’s bull trout is no less remarkable. He’s watched adult fish the size of small dogs fight their way through shallow mountain streams to return to spawning grounds high above the lake.
Dennis Hall spent Saturday afternoon on Lake Pend Oreille, launching his 28-foot cabin cruiser from Sandpoint and ferrying friends across the lake to dinner. With blue skies and temperatures in the 70s, it was an ideal day to be on the water. “I even got a little sunburn,” said Hall, a Coeur d’Alene resident.
FISHING – Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit in Portland demanding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finish developing recovery plans for bull trout, a threatened species that has gone 15 years without a blueprint for its survival. Michael Garrity of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies says the service produced draft recovery plans about 10 years ago, but has not finished any of them.