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Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Canada’s new protections for orcas go a little further than new legislation in Washington state

Canada has adopted a suite of measures intended to improve orcas’ access to food by reducing commercial and recreational fishing for chinook salmon and quieting vessel noise and disturbance that …


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Spokane conservationist: Plan to end wolf protections premature, political

U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that Chris Bachman, wildlife program director at the Spokane-based Lands Council, called premature …


Federal judge orders EPA to protect salmon from warm temps in Columbia River basin

A federal judge has ordered protection for salmon in the Columbia River basin from warm water temperatures that have been lethal to salmon and steelhead as the climate changes.


Grizzlies get back U.S. protections, Rockies hunts blocked

The first public grizzly bear hunts in the Northern Rockies in almost three decades have been blocked by a U.S. judge who rejected government claims that the fearsome predators had …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm.


Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Trump tells North Korea, denuclearize and get ‘protections’

The Trump administration said Thursday there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of current U.S.-South Korean military exercises that triggered an angry reaction from North Korea and …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

U.S. to end special protections for Salvadoran immigrants

The Trump administration said Monday it is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, an action that could force nearly 200,000 to leave the U.S. by September 2019 or face deportation.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

U.S. to review ended protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears

U.S. officials said Wednesday they’ll review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for gray wolves in the Great …


U.S. revisits proposed protections for imperiled fly

U.S. wildlife managers are revisiting a pending proposal to protect a rare, cold-water insect, after scientists confirmed its presence in new locations in Wyoming and Montana, officials said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

U.S. considers ending protections for northwest Montana bears

A federal wildlife official says the government will consider lifting threatened species protections for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in northwestern Montana.


Obama administration steps up efforts to protect Puget Sound

The Obama administration on Tuesday stepped up efforts to protect Puget Sound, including forming a new federal task force to identify priorities for restoring one of the nation’s largest estuaries.