Center for Biological Diversity

Lawsuit launched to protect Minnesota’s lynx from trapping

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…

U.S. won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly protections

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.

Wyoming’s plan to increase grizzly hunt quotas disputed

(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…

Group wants lethal traps banned in Idaho wolverine habitat

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…

DNR refuses to extend comment period for PolyMet dam permits

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…

Utah biologists work to save boreal toads from extinction

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.