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.
Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week for what they say is a failure to protect wolverines as required by the Endangered Species Act.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Task Force, which last year submitted 36 recommendations that, if all were enacted, would cost more than $1 billion and could bring back Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound, is entering its second year and has now added 12 more recommendations.
The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at a rate that threatens its long-term future in the Pacific Northwest, according to a novel and comprehensive research collaboration based at Oregon State University – Cascades (Bend).
The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees to help imperiled sage grouse has started in southwest Idaho.