A Pacific Fishery Management Council workgroup has outlined options for providing for prey needs of endangered Southern Resident killer whales in the course of designing West Coast salmon fishing seasons.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the coastal distinct population segment of the Pacific marten, known as the coastal marten, warrants listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week sent a letter directing the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to initiate a new rulemaking relating to wolf management.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed a petition this week seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the western ridged mussel, which has disappeared from most of its historic range in the Northwest.
A biological opinion of a US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service’s management program to lethally remove beavers in Oregon and the program’s impacts on fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act was completed June 8 by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The federal agency responsible for protecting sea birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is instead proposing to “responsibly manage” double-crested cormorants across the nation by permitting lethal taking of birds that eat fish, such as salmon and steelhead smolts, by states and tribes.
The federal agency that oversees the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is proceeding with changes to the Act’s scope that would allow businesses that accidentally kill protected birds to go unpunished.
Since their reintroduction to the Pacific coast in the 1970s, the sea otters' rapid recovery and voracious appetite for tasty shellfish such as urchins, clams and crabs has brought them into conflict with coastal communities and fishers, who rely on the same valuable fisheries for food and income.
When drought reshuffles the green-up of habitats that mule deer migrate across, it dramatically shortens the annual foraging bonanza they rely on.