Endangered Species Act

Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt wolf management plan

Under the old plan, a wolf that attacked livestock twice or more over any period of time was deemed a “chronic depredator” and could be killed in the eastern third of the state, where wolves are managed by the state. The new plan will allow the state to kill wolves after two confirmed attacks during a nine-month period.

Officials: Efforts failing to save sagebrush land in West

BOISE, Idaho — Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials said. The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in a 58-page report released this month says…

Mulling Montana mustangs: In what would be a first, federal protections sought for wild horses

(Bureau of Land Management)BILLINGS, Mont. — Animal rights advocates announced a lawsuit against the federal government on Wednesday in a bid to make a Montana mustang population the first group of wild horses to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. A prior attempt to secure protections for wild horses across the western U.S. as imperiled wildlife failed. But supporters…

Lawsuits say Mexican gray wolf recovery plan is flawed

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)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. wildlife managers failed to adopt a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf that would protect against illegal killings and the consequences of inbreeding, according…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Canada lynx in position to be delisted

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)DENVER  – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced earlier this week that a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States concludes that the animal may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. The recommendation is the…

Government urged to avoid salmon protection rules

The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association wants the government to convene a Cabinet-level committee with the power to allow exemptions to the Endangered Species Act. Known as the “God squad” because its decisions can lead to extinctions of threatened wildlife, it has only gathered three times – the last 25 years ago during a controversy over spotted owl habitat in the Northwest. 

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

The bills come as a federal court lifted federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and the Trump administration moved to lift protections for grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also is reviewing federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse in 11 Western states.

DNA from Ohio zoo’s polar bears used in fight against poaching

Scientists are trying to perfect a new, more accurate DNA test for bears and benefited from the Columbus Zoo’s controlled samples from a known family of animals. The reference data illustrate how genetic patterns change in a population over time. It could someday pin down criminals who harm polar bears, which are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, on which the bears are listed as threatened.

Lawmakers again target wolf protections

Meanwhile, both sides in the debate are waiting for a federal appeals court to decide whether to uphold lower court rulings that put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming back on the list or to let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service return management of the species to the states.