U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In Oregon, Corps wants to remove cormorant eggs to support salmon

ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to remove 500 eggs from double-crested cormorant nests as part of a long-term management plan to protect juvenile salmon being eaten by the cormorants in the Columbia River. The Corps is in the fourth year of a five-year plan to cut the cormorant population on East Sand Island at the…

In Arizona, scientists collect roadkill for golden eagle experiment

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A team of Flagstaff biologists are using roadkill to determine if supplementing the food supply could boost egg production among breeding pairs of golden eagles during the winter. For three months this past winter, the team collected nearly 70 deer and elk that had been killed on area highways and delivered the carcasses to nine breeding areas…

Nearly 300 acres of public access added in Swift County

Benson, Minn. — Local volunteers from the Swift County Chapter of Pheasants Forever recently partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund to acquire 282 acres of public land in the state’s primary pheasant range, according to a news release. Now established as a Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), the Hanson WPA addition provides nesting habitat…

Missouri investigators seeking information after 7 white pelicans shot

Brooding white pelicans sit on their nests at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation is investigating after seven white pelicans were fatally shot near the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the carcasses of the federally-protected pelicans were found Monday. Matt Markley…

Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy: upward of nearly a million acres for monarch habitat by 2038

(Iowa DNR)The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038. “The consortium has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand habitat on our agricultural land, urban areas, roadsides, and other public land. We appreciate the many partners that have been involved and are…

As part of settlement, study to determine if predator-killing poisons are affecting federally protected species

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials have agreed to complete a study on how two predator-killing poisons could be affecting federally protected species as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental and animal-welfare groups. The 10-page agreement filed last week in U.S. District Court in Montana requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to…

To study wolverines, scientists track humans

Wolverines are notoriously hard to track. Elusive and strong enough to claw their way out of even the strongest traps, they’ve forced scientists to adjust. The lack of data has hindered a possible endangered species listing from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Scientists do know the animals’ habitat is shrinking. The Wolverine-Winter Recreation Research Project came up with a…

Investigators: U.S. wildlife official broke law with grants

BILLINGS, Mont. — A senior official at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke the law with his involvement in awarding $324,000 in conservation grants to a nonprofit where his wife worked as a contractor, according to federal investigators. As chief of the agency’s international conservation division, Richard Ruggiero made a series of grant awards and extensions to the International…

Single invasive shrimp discovered in Lake Superior, but no signs it’s established in the lake

Bloody red shrimp have established themselves in Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario. (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)MINNEAPOLIS — An invasive species with a jarring name has turned up in Lake Superior: the bloody red shrimp. Researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in a sample collected from the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer as part…

Judge: U.S. must reconsider Yellowstone bison protections

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has ordered U.S. wildlife officials to reconsider a 2015 decision that blocked special protections for the iconic bison herds that roam Yellowstone National Park and are routinely subjected to hunting and slaughter. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said in a ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could not “simply pick and choose”…

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…

How Wildlife Action Plan is giving conservation a boost in Michigan

Ask Michigan residents what comes to mind when hearing the word “wildlife,” and – depending on which part of the state they live in – you likely would get quick answers including deer, elk, turkey, and probably a handful of popular fish species like lake trout and muskellunge. Ask Amy Derosier, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan DNR in Lansing,…

Federal agency says Eastern puma extinct, drops protections

The action is largely a formality, as the last known member of the population was seen in 1938. But it was necessary because a species can be listed as endangered only if it’s believed to still exist. Territory ranged from Michigan and southern Ontario to New England, the Carolinas and Tennessee.