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U.S. allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

SEATTLE – U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout.

Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge all to themselves

RIO DE JANEIRO – The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It’s meant for a very special sort of pedestrian: golden lion tamarins, small orange primates that for decades have been at risk of extinction.

Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine

RENO, Nev. – A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents show.

Inslee reappoints Thorburn to Fish and Wildlife Commission; women total 3

WILDLIFE -- Gov. Jay Inslee has re-appointed Kim Thorburn of Spokane to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Thorburn, a physician, active birder and former director of the Spokane Regional Health District, was featured in an S-R Outdoors profile recently. Inslee also brought the number...

Hunters boost science at check stations

Big-game hunters heading out this week can help wildlife managers in Idaho and Washington collect valuable information about deer and elk populations by taking a few minutes to stop at a hunter check station if they pass one on their way home.

Washington Fish and Wildlife’s new director draws from 30-year career

A month into his new job, Jim Unsworth was in Spokane Monday to meet the far-Eastern Washington portion of 1,600 employees he’s overseeing as director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition to the staff, the 30-year wildlife professional and former Idaho wildlife official is also in charge of virtually all of Washington’s fish and wildlife.

Veterinarians to Idaho: Don’t risk importing parasitic worm with farmed elk

WILDLIFE -- Despite adamant opposition and warnings by the Idaho Fish and Game Department director, the Idaho Legislature is continuing to pursue a controversial proposal that would ease restrictions on importing and transferring farm-raised elk that could expose wild deer, elk and moose to a...