The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission last week denied a petition that would have initiated rulemaking to consider ending beaver hunting and trapping on federal lands in a 3-3 vote after hearing public testimony from 31 people.
A coalition of wildlife conservation groups have notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of its intent to file a lawsuit challenging the recent decision to remove Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves across nearly all the lower 48 states.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a rule Thursday that removes Endangered Species Act protection for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. There are now roughly 6,000 wolves in the lower 48 states.
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.