U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

BHA: New plan erodes habitat protections for greater sage grouse

MISSOULA, Mont. – New sage grouse management plans unveiled by the Bureau of Land Management could unravel years of stakeholder collaboration and reduce habitat conservation measures for sagebrush country that have played a major role in keeping the greater sage grouse off the Endangered Species List, according to a news release from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. The BLM plans would…

Maine oversees record year for piping plover hatchlings

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)OGUNQUIT, Maine — Maine officials say the effort to protect a rare bird species has met success with a record number of piping plover hatchlings. Maine Audubon says beaches across the state saw 128 piping plover fledglings, a record number since monitoring began in 1981. The Portland Press Herald reports Ogunquit Beach ended up seeing the…

Arizona refuge makes for uncommon family hunting experience

Three generations of Andersons have a particular attachment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and hunting bighorns on craggy mountainsides under the desert sun. (Sid Sloan/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Autumn is for remembering. The last light of summer yields to the first beautiful days of fall. This time of year is a communion between…

Hunter permits still being granted to bring back lion trophies from Africa

MINNEAPOLIS — A wildlife advocacy group says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued permits to hunters in South Dakota and Wisconsin to bring back lion trophies from Africa. Nonprofit Friends of Animals disclosed recently that nearly three dozen Americans have been granted such permission since Donald Trump was elected president, the Star Tribune reported. Jon F. Dagel is…

Scientists continue battle to save bats from mysterious disease

The Pennsylvania species being targeted by this fieldwork include northern long-eared bats. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services photo)  QUANTICO, Va. — When the sun sets and nearby Marines wind down for the evening, Sam Freeze suits up and goes bat hunting. Six nights a week in the summer, the doctoral student at Virginia Tech tromps through the woods at Marine…

More than 2,000 pounds of red swamp crayfish confiscated; largest AIS seizure ever by DNR

(Michigan DNR)More than 2,000 pounds of live, illegal red swamp crayfish recently were seized by Michigan DNR conservation officers – the largest aquatic invasive species seizure by the Michigan DNR, the agency said in a news release Tuesday, July 23. Red swamp crayfish are prohibited in both Michigan and Canada. They burrow and create shoreline erosion, creating instability. Additionally, they…