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Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected

BOISE, Idaho— A federal agency doesn’t need to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho, a federal court judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge last week ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services of Idaho and against Western Watersheds Project and four other environmental groups. Lodge…

U.S. senator proposes delisting Mexican gray wolf

A subspecies of the gray wolf, Mexican wolves nearly disappeared in the 1970s. The federal government added them to the endangered species list in 1976. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)A wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico would be removed from the list of federally protected species under legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Jeff…

Oregon man ordered to pay $4,750 for killing trumpeter swans

BEND, Ore. — A Cottage Grove man responsible for killing two trumpeter swans while hunting in central Oregon must pay $4,750 in restitution. The Bulletin reported in a story on Friday, Jan. 5 that 35-year-old Michael J. Abbott received the sentence in Lake County Circuit Court. Abbott must also serve one year of probation and has lost his hunting privileges…

Maine holding auction for right to hunt moose

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is auctioning off 10 of its coveted moose permits for next fall’s hunting season. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries And Wildlife says it will give the permits to applicants who submit the highest bids. The moose hunt happens in the fall every year and is limited to hunters who win a special lottery. The auction…

Milwaukee hunter dies after falling out of tree stand

The sheriff’s office says the hunter was wearing a safety harness, but it had not been attached to the tree.GREENFIELD, Wis. — A Milwaukee man is dead after falling out of a tree stand while hunting in Sauk County on Sunday. The sheriff’s office says 50-year-old Jacob Herr was wearing a safety harness, but it had not been attached to…

Breeding bald eagle pairs reach a new high in Massachusetts

(Windigo Images)BOSTON — Wildlife officials say there were more territorial breeding bald eagle pairs documented in Massachusetts in 2017 than any other year since the majestic birds were reintroduced to the state in 1982. The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says Massachusetts recorded 68 pairs this year, up from 59 in 2016. Breeding bald eagles, the national symbol since…

Mexican spotted owl population holding steady on Los Alamos lab property

(National Park Service)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — A recent survey of endangered species that live within the borders of Los Alamos National Laboratory shows the population of Mexican spotted owls appears to be holding steady. The northern New Mexico lab, which covers about 38 square miles, recently released the findings. The survey covers the owl, the Jemez Mountains salamander and the…

Feds keep proposed Minnesota copper mine plan alive

Opponents of the mining plan cite the potential for irreparable harm to the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. (Photo by Brian Peterson)ST. PAUL, Minn. — President Donald Trump’s administration has resurrected an effort to build a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in northeastern Minnesota. In an opinion published Friday, a top attorney at the…

Prince of Wales Island hunters blame wolves, logging for poor deer season

JUNEAU, Alaska — Hunters on Prince of Wales Island said this year’s deer hunting season was the worst in recent memory due to logging and a resurgence of wolves. Mike Douville, who serves on the regional advisory council that makes subsistence recommendations, said finding fewer deer on the island is affecting people’s livelihood, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Monday. “This is…

Official: North Cascades grizzly bear recovery work halted

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)MISSOULA, Mont. — Work to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem has been stopped by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s office, a national parks official told a Montana newspaper. But Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift told The Associated Press Tuesday that Zinke did not direct a stop work order on the environmental review. Swift didn’t provide…