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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as U.S. protections shrink

Monarchs are in trouble, despite efforts by Moore and countless other volunteers and organizations across the United States to nurture the beloved butterfly. The Trump administration’s new order weakening the …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Trump administration’s changes to Endangered Species Act give weight to economic factors

The Trump administration made changes to the Endangered Species Act on Monday which would allow the government to take economic factors into the decision of listing a species as threatened …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost …

A question of balance: Working together on wolves

Regardless of our cultural identity –rancher, hunter, wildlife advocate or a multicultural cross-pollination of all – we must come together. We all care about the heritage of the West.

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

Conservationists told a federal judge Wednesday that an imminent government plan to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild would hasten the animal’s extinction in …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of a legal fight over whether walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them an added …

GOP seeks changes to species law, including stripping wolf protection, after grizzly hunts halted

Galvanized by court rulings protecting grizzly bears and gray wolves, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday launched a push for sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act despite strong objections from Democrats …

U.S. judge reinstates proposed listing of bi-state sage grouse

A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated …

Changes coming to the Endangered Species Act will impact Idaho wildlife

Changes are coming for the most significant piece of federal legislation aimed at preventing animals and plants from fading out of existence: the Endangered Species Act.

Judge: US must reconsider Yellowstone bison protections

A federal judge ordered U.S. wildlife officials to reconsider a 2015 decision that blocked Endangered Species Act protections for the iconic bison herds that roam Yellowstone National Park.

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

Western governors back Endangered Species Act, with changes

The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act on Wednesday but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery …

Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says.

Snowy plover chick hatches on Oregon beach

A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years …

UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017

Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge

A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast …

Washington man pleads guilty to trafficking ivory

Authorities say a man living in southwestern Washington has pleaded guilty to trafficking whale, elephant and walrus ivory.

UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps

Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons.

UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017

These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.

The federal Endangered Species Act has been called the world’s gold standard for environmental protection. Passed in 1973, it strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list

A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers.

Yellowstone grizzlies could be removed from endangered species list

State and federal wildlife managers are considering removing Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears living in Yellowstone National Park.

Conservation groups sue over Oregon’s wolf delisting

Conservation groups argue in a new lawsuit that Oregon violated its own Endangered Species Act by removing the endangered status of gray wolves.

Bull trout lawsuit targets Payette National Forest roads

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 …

Protections rejected for American pika, other species

Federal officials on Tuesday rejected greater protections for six species including the rabbit-like American pika, which researchers warn is disappearing from areas of the Western U.S. as climate change alters …

Idaho plant at center of legal battle listed as threatened

Slickspot peppergrass, a small, flowering plant found only in southwest Idaho, will again be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Bull trout lawsuit targets 26 dams in Columbia River Basin

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.

Request to lift Snake River fall chinook endanged listing is denied

The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.

Rich Landers: Grizzly hunt would be wrong if it was only goal of ESA

The Endangered Species Act gets favorable reviews for ushering the recovery of critters, such as bald eagles, that don’t take up too much space in our lives and emotions. But …

Western states look closely at endangered species protection

DENVER – Wildlife managers, conservationists and business interests are meeting in Denver as the Western Governors Association looks for ways to change the way endangered species are protected. They’ll spend …

Idaho sues over Interior’s sage grouse ruling

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s sage grouse ruling, even though that ruling said endangered species protections …

US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a …