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  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • Ariz. bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

    04/25/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun, ^ | April 23, 2014
    Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands. The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children. SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard...
  • The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

    04/11/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    danaradio ^ | April 11, 2014
    By now you’re familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. .. The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so “endangered” that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise...
  • Agenda 21 Takeover in Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    03/27/2014 6:34:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | March 26, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    Agenda 21 is alive and well in Klamath County, Oregon. Klamath Basin farmers are feeling the wrath of the Klamath Tribes in collusion with the Federal and Oregon state governments. Water is now basically off limits to ranchers unless they get approval from the tribes, and approvals are few and far between. ... The success of this plan spells disaster for not only the Klamath Basin family farmers, but for all family farmers, as it will be a precedent. Without locally grown produce and animal feed, we will be even more dependent on imported food at a much higher price....
  • Feds Set Aside Habitat In Southwest For Jaguar [ Arizona and New Mexico ]

    03/05/2014 7:52:46 PM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    AP ^ | March 05, 2014 | Alexandra Olgin
    Federal wildlife officials are setting aside nearly 1,200 square miles in the American Southwest as critical habitat for the jaguar... Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties in Arizona and Hidalgo County in New Mexico ... The critical designation means anyone developing federal land in the area needs to consult the service to ensure it will not hurt the jaguar’s habitat
  • Texas Treasures 2: He's 6' tall, wingspread 7 1/2', 'Ghost cat', Unchanged for 200M yrs

    02/16/2014 10:44:36 AM PST · by patriot08 · 84 replies
    Texas Treasures 2: The magnificent Whooping Crane Reaching a height of 5 feet with a wingspread of 7 1/2 feet, it is one of the most majestic, magnificant and rare creatures on earth. Fantastic video: Texas Country Reporter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2C81bXu29I Sadly, primarily through hunting and loss of habitat, the population of the magnificent whooping crane has gone from an estimated 10,000+ birds before the settling of Europeans on the continent to 1,300-1,400 birds by 1870- and down to to 15 adults by 1938. However; thanks to conservation efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuse (Tx)...
  • Snow Leopards Photographed for the 1st Time in Uzbekistan

    01/17/2014 10:56:23 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 15, 2014 | Megan Gannon
    A camera trap snapped the first-ever pictures of the elusive snow leopard in Uzbekistan. Even better, it caught not one, but two of the endangered cats on camera. The new images of the cats released by conservation groups Panthera and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) confirm that there are at least two individual snow leopards in the Gissar Nature Reserve, a protected part of the Pamir Mountains that can be visited only for scientific research. Uzbekistan, which is about the size of California, is one of 12 countries in Asia where snow leopards still roam through rugged mountainous terrain. It's estimated...
  • Environmentalist attempt to block oil, gas drilling in key Wyoming sage grouse area

    10/30/2013 9:03:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | October 30, 2013 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Three environmental groups petitioned the federal government Monday to block new oil and gas development in an area of key sage grouse habitat near Douglas. The petition came a month after Gov. Matt Mead announced a plan with Chesapeake Energy to allow drilling in what is known as the Douglas Core Area and represented an effort by environmentalists to counter what they see as an erosion of state sage grouse protections. ... WildEarth Guardians, the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and American Bird Conservancy petitioned the Department of Interior and U.S. Bureau of Land Management to prohibit construction of new wellpads and...
  • Has Obama endangered public safety, national security?

    10/20/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-20-13 | Fox News
    Has Obama endangered public safety, national security? ICE Council President Chris Crane reacts
  • Salazar Rules Blamed for Shell’s Departure

    09/27/2013 6:44:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | September 26, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    A decision this week by Shell to shutter its oil shale operation in Colorado to pursue other ventures in Jordan and Canada highlights the difficulties faced by developers in the state as they wrestle with uncertain rules under the Obama administration. Royal Dutch Shell was one of the most successful companies in the state in its efforts to develop a cost-efficient technique to extract oil from shale rock. But the final act of Ken Salazar as Interior secretary earlier this year to rewrite industry rules left companies in limbo with undeterminable royalty rates, and blocked them from obtaining leases for...
  • Sage Grouse Debate Prompts Scrutiny of Far-Reaching Federal Species Law

    09/04/2013 5:13:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | September 4, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    as debate heats up on Capitol Hill over the proposed listing of the Sage Grouse as an endangered species, a key concern of Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton is that it may never be de-listed, even if the population recovers. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decide to list the species, the new protections would restrict management of two million acres in Colorado considered critical habitat, including private property. That means limited use of the property for grazing or energy development. “If we have a recovery in Garfield County, it will never be taken off the listing because...
  • US studies humpback whale endangered list removal

    09/01/2013 11:18:20 PM PDT · by deks · 8 replies
    PHYS.org ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Audrey Mcavoy
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a review of whether it should take North Pacific humpback whales off the endangered species list. NOAA Fisheries is responding to a petition filed by a group of Hawaii fishermen saying the whale should no longer be classified as endangered because its population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago. There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific, compared with about 1,400 in the mid-1960s.
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • Tipton, Obama Wildlife Official Spar Over Sage Grouse ( ESA in Utah, Colorado, and )

    08/02/2013 10:21:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | August 2, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Colorado property owners affected by a federal proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species should be compensated for the loss of their ability to earn a living from the land, Rep. Scott Tipton.. The Colorado Republican asked Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe at a House hearing if the federal government planned to compensate those who would no longer be able to raise crops or cattle on property claimed for the bird’s critical habitat. “No,” Ashe replied sharply. The proposed map of the listing and bird’s wide-ranging territory over two million acres of Colorado and...
  • Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, then watch it killed by wind turbine

    06/30/2013 3:13:21 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Staff
    There hasn’t been a sighting of a White-throated Needletail in the United Kingdom for 22 years, so nearly 80 birdwatchers flocked to Scotland this week to get a look, the Telegraph reported. But instead of enjoying the world’s fastest flying bird soaring, they watched it fly into the small blade of a wind turbine and die.
  • Feds to Protect “Endangered” Mouse ( and kill NM, AZ & CO farmers/ranchers/oil/gas )

    06/27/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 25, 2013
    American taxpayers will be tremendously relieved to know that the U.S. government is hard at work trying to get official endangered status for ... the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and the feds want to designate it a critical habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law signed by President Richard Nixon to protect species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The federal government’s list of more than 1,300 threatened or endangered species ... The Service is proposing to designate around 14,561 acres of critical habitat along streams...
  • Request for 90 day extension of comment period

    06/18/2013 3:03:53 PM PDT · by Congressman Tom McClintock · 1 replies
    Rep. Tom McClintock ^ | 6.18.2013 | Rep. Tom McClintock
    The Honorable Daniel M. Ashe Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Re: Request for 90 day extension of comment period Dear Director Ashe: We write regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment (DPS) of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered species, and the Yosemite toad as a threatened species. We request you extend the comment period by no less than 90 days to ensure that public input is maximized and the effects of this proposal are fully understood. These listings and the associated critical habitat will...
  • Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers

    03/02/2013 12:48:31 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 28 2013 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Multiple rural county sheriffs from Utah testified Thursday about the abusive use of police power by Bureau of Land Management rangers or forest protection officers with the U.S. Forest Service. They are asserting it is time to rein in the authority the agencies should have never been allowed to exercise. Sheriffs from San Juan, Kane and Garfield counties spoke in favor of HB155, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, which proposes to limit BLM rangers and forest protection officers from exercising police power over state and local laws unless someone's safety is at risk or federal contracts are in place...
  • Large group grouses at sage grouse hearing ( UN 21 in Utah )

    02/17/2013 5:30:02 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 13, 2013
    More than 200 people crowded into the Monticello High School auditorium on February 7 for a public hearing on the proposed designation of endangered species status for the small population of Gunnision Sage Grouse in San Juan County. Representatives from the US Fish and Wildlife Service faced a mostly hostile but mostly respectful crowd. They were there to explain the rationale behind the proposed designation and how it may affect the area. Two rules are proposed: one would designate the bird as an endangered species and the other would designation large swaths of land as critical habitat. San Juan County...
  • Animal rights group helps cancel SoCal elephant rides

    01/30/2013 9:47:50 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Enterprise Media ^ | January 29, 2013 | Laurie Lucas
    Elephant rides are becoming endangered species at SoCal parades, zoos, fairs and festival. Several organizations have yanked elephant rides from street fairs, festivals and zoos in SoCal, thanks to the lobbying efforts of Animal Defenders International.
  • Save The Crab Lice!

    01/18/2013 9:47:27 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 3 replies
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | January 18th, 2013 | Rand Simberg
    OK, I decided that I had to take action to prevent this environmental holocaust. So head on over and sign my petition. Let’s see if we can break a hundred thousand.
  • US taking steps to protect Gunnison sage grouse

    01/12/2013 5:35:12 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    ap ^ | January 10, 2013
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... has proposed designating 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah as critical habitat for the bird ... The designation sometimes, but not always, means restrictions on human activities on that land. The public and the scientific community have until March 12 to comment before the agency makes a final decision on whether to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered.
  • Great Lakes wolves up for hunting season

    10/11/2012 3:10:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 10, 2012
    <p>Madison, Wis. -- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures. The tables are about to turn there.</p>
  • Endangered whales invade California waters

    08/21/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by Baynative · 8 replies
    Pasadena Star News ^ | 8/21/12 | Terence Chea
    Longtime observers say they've seen a sharp increase in endangered blue and humpback whales feeding near California shores, where they spend the spring and summer before heading to their winter breeding grounds off Mexico and Central America.
  • WA's fifth fatal shark attack in a year claims 24-year-old surfer ( Australia )

    07/14/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    PerthNow ^ | July 15, 2012 | Glenn Cordingley, Ashlee Mullany and Emily Moulton
    A MONSTER white pointer snatched a young surfer before trying to knock a jet-ski rider into the water in the fifth fatal shark attack in 10 months along a 380km stretch of the WA coast. The 4m killer dubbed Brutus by surfers near Wedge Island, 180km north of Perth mauled a 24-year-old man as he surfed with a mate at 9am yesterday. Fisheries Minister Norman Moore ordered a shark hunt to capture and kill the beast, saying of the unprecedented spate of attacks: "We seriously have got a problem." The jet-ski rider who tried to retrieve the man said it...
  • Bird group sues Obama administration over wind power

    06/27/2012 9:55:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    human events ^ | 6/27/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    A lack of transparency by top Obama administration officials has prompted an environmental group to sue the Interior Department to determine whether wind power projects are killing large numbers of bats and birds. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accusing the government of intentionally withholding the information and refusing to comply with requests for certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “It’s ridiculous that Americans have to sue in order to find out what their government is saying to wind companies about our wildlife,” ......
  • Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species

    06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel
    When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maine’s longest river, the Penobscot. When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters...
  • Disappearing Cars—The Automotive Threatened, Endangered and Extinct List

    05/19/2012 11:32:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 62 replies
    Fox ^ | 5-19-12 | Hagerty
    Several years ago, there was a large reward posted for evidence that the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was not extinct as was previously thought. Strangely, the classic car world has yet to respond in like fashion for evidence that breeding pairs of Plymouth Crickets or Mercury Bobcats are still out there. To qualify for the list a car must have been produced in large numbers (10,000-plus) within the last 40 years with few (if any) roadworthy survivors. Here are some of our favorite threatened, endangered and extinct cars:
  • Hunters win in vote about dead polar bears

    04/18/2012 8:24:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans on Tuesday rode to the rescue of 41 hunters who shot polar bears in Canada at least four years ago but have been unable to bring their trophies back into the U.S. because the bears were subsequently declared an endangered species. Powered by gun-rights and hunting advocates, the House voted 262-155 in favor of letting the dead bears into the U.S. - with backers citing everything from Second Amendment priorities to the fact that two of the hunters caught up in the situation were wounded American troops. “They were in Iraq, in that heated area. The one dream...
  • Roanoke, VA Police Seek Public's Help to Find Runaway Teen

    04/05/2012 2:18:07 PM PDT · by sevinufnine · 9 replies
    The Roanoke Times and World News ^ | April 5, 2012 | Not Specified
    Roanoke police are seeking the public’s help to find a 17-year-old girl who was reported by her family as a runaway. The police department was contacted March 23 by a family member of Katelyn Anne Ellison, who said the girl was last seen March 22 leaving Patrick Henry High School at the end of the school day. Investigators have been following up on various leads since the report was filed, Roanoke police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said. “The detectives the people have spoken to say they have not been in contact with her, which raises more concern than was already there,”...
  • Risks to cranes in Texas raise profile of Wisconsin program

    01/22/2012 10:00:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies · 1+ views
    JSOnline ^ | 1-22-12 | Lee Bergquist
    Battered by the worst drought on record in Texas, the world's only self-sustaining flock of migratory whooping cranes is showing vulnerabilities that raise the stakes for crane work in Wisconsin. Texas' dry conditions and booming development have heightened worries about the health of the cranes and have sparked a legal battle over whether the endangered birds are getting their fair share of fresh water. The specter of drought, hurricanes or other calamity is the reason why Wisconsin and a few other states - away from Texas - were identified as candidates for crane reintroduction. The 5-foot tall cranes that migrate...
  • Sacramento group vows suit over endangered beetle

    01/05/2012 3:38:55 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan 5, 2012 | Matt Weiser
    A group of Sacramento-area property owners and land managers on Wednesday threatened to sue the federal government if it does not proceed with removing a native beetle from the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially proposed removing the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the endangered species list in 2006. But the process has dragged along and the beetle remains protected. On Wednesday, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento-based nonprofit law firm, said the delay may have cost its clients millions of dollars over the past five years. Those clients include land owners, levee maintenance districts and...
  • Aggressive Wolf Killed near Winston, Recovery Efforts in Question

    12/21/2011 4:57:03 PM PST · by girlangler · 54 replies
    Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 12/21/11 | Etta Pettijohn
    The recent killing of an aggressive Mexican gray wolf by federal agents at a ranch near Winston could lead to a reassessment of the already struggling recovery effort for that species. The wolf was reportedly shot by agents with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division on Dec. 14, after it paced across the porch and gazed through the window of John and Crystal Diamond’s Beaverhead Ranch home. The Diamond residence is located in Catron County, although near enough to Sierra County to be in the Winston mailing area. The wolf was killed just weeks after the Arizona Game...
  • Don't Mess With Texas Or Eastern New Mexico

    12/13/2011 4:26:36 PM PST · by reformedcrat · 9 replies · 1+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 12-13-2011 | Tom Thurlow
    An endangered listing for the DSL would ruin the oil drilling industry in the Permian Basin, that area of west Texas and eastern New Mexico that produces about 20% of all the oil from the lower 48 states and 5% of total oil produced in the US. The oil produced there also constitutes 68% of all oil produced in the state of Texas.
  • S. Florida Rainbow Snake Declared Extinct, Reward Offered to Prove it is Not

    11/30/2011 1:47:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    reptilechannel.com ^ | 30 Nov 2011 | unattributed
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) declared in October that the South Florida rainbow snake (Farancia erytrogramma seminola) is extinct, but the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Snake Conservation think otherwise, and have put up a $500 reward to the first person who can document that the snake is not extinct. Cameron Young, executive director of the Center for Snake Conservation said in a press release that declaring the snake extinct without adequate research is scientifically irresponsible. Young hopes that in offering a reward for valid documentation that the snake is not extinct, the proof will...
  • All-white 6-point buck spotted near Port Washington

    11/20/2011 5:26:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 109 replies
    JS Online ^ | 11-20-11 | Lee Bergquist
    Amy Mattson of Mequon was driving south of Port Washington earlier this month when she spied an all-white buck standing in a field. The nose of the 6-point buck appears to be pink in the photos that she and a friend shot. A pink nose and presumably pink eyes - a deer bereft of any color - means the two appeared to be observing a rare albino deer, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. "It was very pretty," Mattson said Saturday, the first day of Wisconsin's traditional nine-day gun season. In the dim light of late afternoon, "it...
  • Hundreds of plants, animals in line for federal endangered species protection

    09/29/2011 8:43:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    ap ^ | September 29, 2011
    The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah's Ark - from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. ... With a Friday deadline to act on more than 700 pending cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has issued decisions advancing more than 500 species toward potential new protections under the Endangered Species Act... Patrick Parenteau, an environmental lawprofessor at the University of Vermont. "They are moving through this large...
  • Endangered hawksbill turtles make a surprise appearance ["unexpected"]

    09/01/2011 2:58:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 1, 2011 | Louis Sahagun
    ...turtles unexpectedly making a go of it in mangrove estuaries. Scientists have made the surprise discovery that a population of critically endangered hawksbill turtles, thought to have been wiped out in the eastern Pacific from Mexico to Peru, has survived by occupying a novel habitat — mangrove estuaries — rather than coral reefs where they have been slaughtered for their exquisite shells. The finding is particularly significant because it suggests a potentially unique evolutionary trajectory, said Alexander Gaos, lead author of a report being released Thursday in the online scientific journal Biology Letters. "We now know there are about 500...
  • Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S.

    07/13/2011 9:49:34 AM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 12, 2011 | CBS News
    (CBS News) The lightning-fast die-off of bats is being called the No. 1 crisis affecting mammals in this country. Scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies are coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying. CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen noted on "The Early Show" that one of the consequences of the bats' deaths is more bugs. Wildlife officials now are pointing to a fungus they say is killing bats in unprecedented numbers. It's a desperate situation with no solution in sight. Nguyen reported bats often get a bad rap as creepy, blood-sucking night creatures. But farmers,...
  • NOAA approves removal of sea lions at Bonneville Dam

    05/15/2011 3:12:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    bendbulliten.com ^ | 15 May 2011 | AP story
    PORTLAND — Oregon and Washington have been given permission to resume removing or killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, a federal agency said Friday. The decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came about six months after a federal appeals court struck down a similar permit aimed at reducing the number of threatened or endangered salmon eaten by the hungry marine mammals. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the practice last year. NOAA Fisheries officials said they believe the agency has fixed flaws the court pointed out in the original permit issued...
  • Meet The ‘Endangered’ Critter That Could Halt A Fifth Of America’s Oil Production

    05/03/2011 5:21:51 AM PDT · by WFTR · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 3, 2011 | Christopher Helman
    The dune sagebrush lizard is a 3-inch critter that lives only among stands of shinnery oak, which itself is a somewhat rare tree that lives only in the sandy soil on something like 4 million acres spread between Roswell, New Mexico and Midland, Texas. The area around Midland is known as the Permian Basin, and is one of the oldest and most prolific crude oil regions in North America.
  • Wolves Off-Limits To Hunters This Season

    10/12/2010 11:57:46 AM PDT · by epithermal · 19 replies
    KXLY ^ | October 11, 2010 | Tania Dall
    COEUR D'ALENE -- Deer and pheasant hunting seasons kicked off in North Idaho this last weekend. While wolves were also hunted last season, they’ve been put back on the endangered species list and are now officially off limits. There are two camps at polar opposite ends of the debate over wolf hunting. There are the hunters who believe wolves should be fair game and there are the environmentalists who want wolves left alone. One of those that was looking forward to wolf hunting this season is William Rutherford, who hoped to land his first wolf tag this season. “I didn't...
  • Endangered tadpoles released into SoCal stream

    08/24/2010 5:48:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 8/24/10 | AP
    Idyllwild, Calif. (AP) -- Researchers have released dozens of tadpoles into a Riverside County stream in hopes of reviving a frog species endangered in the region. San Diego Zoo officials say zoo researchers bred the 36 mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles that were released Tuesday into a stream near the town of Idyllwild. The mountain yellow-legged frog is on the federal Endangered Species List in Southern California and has recently been proposed for listing under the California Endangered Species Act.
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • Judge halts W.Va. wind farm due to endangered bats

    12/09/2009 7:48:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,425+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 12/9/09 | AP
    Work on a West Virginia wind power project has been halted by a federal judge who sided with environmentalists' claim that the project would harm an endangered bat. U.S. District Judge Roger Titus issued the order Tuesday, citing potential harm to the federally endangered Indiana bat. John Stroud, co-chairman of one of the environmental groups that filed the lawsuit, Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy, said group members were "really delighted with the ruling." "We've been working on this for a while and the judge saw things our way, and we're really pleased," said Stroud, a rare book dealer who owns...
  • Morgan Harrington's friends hope to generate leads at Vinton parade

    12/03/2009 2:39:19 PM PST · by sevinufnine · 241+ views
    WDBJ7 ^ | 12/3/09 | not indicated
    Friends of the missing Virginia Tech student will be walking in the Vinton Christmas parade, which starts at 7 p.m......The 20 year old disappeared after going to a Metallica concert in Charlottesville on October 17.....Harrington was well known at the Roanoke office of Mental Health America, where she was a volunteer with the Forgotten Victims Group, which helps children of domestic violence. Harrington started volunteering there when she was in the eighth grade.....Some of the very people Harrington helped will be marching in the parade and passing out fliers about her disappearance. The group plans to pass out about 2,000...
  • Protection Sought Again For Giant, Spitting Worms

    06/30/2009 8:39:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    CBS | AP ^ | 6/30/09
    Conservation Groups Again Seek Endangered Species Protection For Giant, Spitting Worm In Wash. (AP) Fans of the giant Palouse earthworm are once again seeking federal protection for the rare, sweet-smelling species that spits at predators. They filed a petition Tuesday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting the worm be protected as an endangered species.
  • Zoo Reports Rare Captive Birth of Bird

    03/25/2009 5:45:47 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 30 replies · 972+ views
    news.aol ^ | March 25)
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It's called a white-crested laughing thrush and it's bringing smiles to zookeepers in Syracuse. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo greeted a new bird March 7. The chick is named Zephyr.
  • Land management act hurts environment (Enviroreasonable alert)

    02/04/2009 9:04:43 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies · 279+ views
    The Daily Journal (San Mateo County, CA) ^ | Wednesday Feburary 4, 2009 | Justin Wickett
    Whoever said that money doesn’t grow on trees was dead wrong. For years, my grandfather harvested and sold old-growth Redwood timbers to saw mills scattered throughout California’s Santa Cruz mountains. But that was before environmentalism went mainstream and the state introduced some of the world’s toughest rules and regulations to govern the logging industry. Gone are the monstrous bulldozers of my grandfather’s years that dragged felled virgin trees over the forest floor, destroying habitats and neglecting streams and rivers in their paths. Today, California’s timber harvest operations rely on a system of checks and balances. Registered foresters, technology-savvy loggers and...