MINNEAPOLIS — The Center for Biological Diversity today notified the Minnesota DNR of plans to sue the agency for permitting trapping that harms Canada lynx, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. In the past decade, state and federal agencies have documented captures of 16 lynx in traps set for other wildlife in Minnesota, six of which resulted in death. As few…
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Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states.
Agency officials declared progress for the endangered species in New Mexico and Arizona, saying there are at least 131 wolves in the wild in the two states. That represents a 12% jump in the population.
While there is some good news, biologists still do not have a firm estimate of the Lake Champlain sturgeon population, and a recovery plan released in 2016 estimated it could be half a century or longer before the population reaches the level where they could be fished.
Review was launched when a federal appeals court said in a case involving gray wolves in the Great Lakes that the Interior Department needed to give more consideration to how a species’ loss of historical habitat affects its recovery – like wolves, grizzly bears in some parts of the U.S. have bounced back from widespread extermination, yet remain absent from most of their historical range. But, per grizzlies, Interior officials said that they disagreed with the ruling in the wolf case.
(Photo by Bob Drieslein)HELENA, Mont. — Conservation groups alleged earlier this week that Wyoming used part of Montana’s grizzly bear hunting quota to increase its own allocation for a proposed hunt this year, even though Montana wildlife regulators voted not to give away any part of its quota. Wyoming’s proposal for its first grizzly hunt in decades sets a quota…
Last year’s count was up just 6 percent from the minimum of 115 wolves – with 20 packs and 10 breeding pairs – reported at the end of 2016. By contrast, wolf populations grew at a rate of around 30 percent per year the previous decade.
That population grows, but by just one animal. Officials say numbers not what they had hoped for, to focus on improving genetics of wild population as way to build more robust numbers.
An environmental group is asking Idaho officials to ban lethal traps in areas inhabited by wolverines.BOISE, Idaho — An environmental group is asking Idaho officials to prosecute a trapper who killed a wolverine and ban lethal traps in areas inhabited by wolverines, but state officials say they will do neither. The Center for Biological Diversity made the request Tuesday in…
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR has rejected a request by environmentalists to extend the public comment period on the draft dam safety permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The DNR said in a statement Friday that the 30-day comment period will close as scheduled Oct. 16. Five environmental groups told the DNR in their requests this month that…
Environmental groups like the Center for Biological Diversity have fought for an endangered species listing for the amphibians since the 1990s. And after reaching a settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will likely issue a listing decision on the toads by the end of September.
Group also seeking release of a female wolf from Mexico that was captured this spring in Arizona.
Groups include Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club; say decision to lift grizzly bear protections this summer is flawed because it only involves Yellowstone grizzlies rather than West as a whole.
The lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service aims to void leases allowing hydraulic fracturing in Ohio’s only national forest. It contends the leases violate the National Environmental Policy Act.
One regulation revoked this year is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on killing wolves or bears from aircraft, shooting brown bears over bait and snaring bears within Alaska federal wildlife refuges.
There reportedly are fewer than 50 of the small birds in Arizona.
The deal calls for trading 6,650 acres of federal land for a similar amount of private land. But attorney says it’s a bad deal for taxpayers.
They say the project would destroy important habitat for gray wolf, Canada lynx