U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

(USFWS)BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration recently finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds such as those that land in oil pits or…

Reward offered for information surrounding raptor parts found in Woodbury

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the charging of the party responsible for dumping the feet of eight raptors, including four bald eagles, in a residential area near Woodbury, Minn. On Nov. 12, the feet from eight raptors were discovered along the west side of Cherry Lane, approximately 500 feet south of Lake Road in Woodbury. A preliminary investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources…

North Dakota man ordered to pay $74K for poaching mule deer

Concerned about declining populations of mule deer, which help sustain Colorado’s nearly $1 billion hunting industry, Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided in 2016 to conduct an experiment to see if limited killing of mountain lions and black bears would have an impact on deer numbers.SANTA FE, N.M. — A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution…