U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Why We Suck at Recruiting New Hunters, Why It Matters, and How You Can Fix It

<b>You probably rejoice</b> when you spend an entire day afield without bumping into another hunter. Encountering strangers—especially when they’ve stumbled …

Wildlife

Desert tortoise faces uncertain future amid Bundy conflict

It all began with the tortoise.<p>In 1990, federal officials listed the Mojave Desert species as threatened across its range, touching off a series of …

Business

Teens killed deer and clustered their decomposing carcasses. That was just the bait, police say

The teens had killed five deer, police said. But deer weren’t what they were really hunting.<p>When a sheriff’s deputy in Klickitat County, Wash., …

Crime

These 4 environmental wins just proved that fighting back works

It’s been almost a year of fighting President Donald Trump’s reckless environmental agenda. For those feeling exhausted by the idea of spending three …

Chris Christie

At Arizona refuge, battle continues against feral hogs

Share This:<p>LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — U.S. Department of Agriculture aerial sharpshooters are returning to the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Leatherback Sea Turtles’ Endangered Status May Change After Petition

A group of fishers has petitioned government agencies to remove the endangered status of leatherback sea turtles in the northern Atlantic.<p>Although …

Oceans

Motion-sensing cameras capture candid wildlife shots

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say "cheese?"<p>Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it's not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S. are using …

Business

U.S. Government Ignores Scientists And Removes Protections For Canadian Lynx

The Canadian lynx is about to lose its special protections after nearly two decades of holding a threatened species status, according to the U.S. …

Wildlife

Breaking the Ice: Mallards on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

<b>At the bow of the canoe</b>, I dug my paddle into the last stretch of broken water and pushed hard toward the sheet ice. Rising up onto the frozen water, …

Birds

Endangered Mexican gray wolf found dead in Arizona

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf as wildlife managers prepare for an annual survey of the …

Wildlife

Inside the effort to save cold-stunned sea turtles

Endangered sea turtles go into a comatose state when water temperatures drop below 50 degrees

Oceans

2 More Calves Killed By SW Oregon's Rogue Wolf Pack

Federal wildlife officials are scrambling to protect cattle at a southwest Oregon ranch after wolves from the nearby Rogue pack killed three calves …

Oregon

Landowners ask SCOTUS to overturn critical frog habitat ruling

A group of Louisiana landowners is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn as unconstitutional a federal appeals court decision allowing the designation of private land as critical habitat for an endangered frog species.<p>Four property and lumber companies, who jointly own the 1,544-acre parcel …

Law

Rare Florida sparrow could vanish this year and more birds could be at risk

The grasshopper sparrow, a tiny Florida prairie bird perched on the verge of extinction for the last decade, may have encountered a final, …

Birds

Wolves spotted on trail cameras in Mt. Hood National Forest

The rumors are true.<p>Two wolves were spotted on trail cameras in the Mt. Hood National Forest earlier this month.<p>The grainy pictures mark the first …

Wildlife

Interior Dept focused on expanding energy production in first year under Trump

The Department of Interior's major agenda item in 2017 was fulfilling President Donald Trump's executive orders to expand oil and gas drilling in the …

Ryan Zinke

When you don’t know how to govern, reorganize

Montanans with good memories may recall that Gov. Marc Racicot decided to reorganize state agencies in the mid-'90s. A popular book at the time was …

Montana

State confirms third wolf attack on Jackson County ranch this month

Fish and wildlife officials say members of the Rogue Pack attacked and killed a calf for the third time in the span of a week on the same Jackson …

Wildlife

The Shrinking Salton Sea Endangers Region's Health

California’s largest lake, the Imperial Valley’s Salton Sea, is poised to begin shrinking at an unprecedented speed this year. The retreat is raising …

Essential oils company sponsors Race to Sky after settling rosewood trafficking case

Montana’s venerable sled dog race has a new name and a sponsor with a checkered recent past.<p>The 33rd version of the Race to the Sky, which starts in …

Montana

Scientists Want to Save Elephants Through Inspecting Seized Ivory

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the …

Wildlife

Biologists plan helicopter flights for annual count of Mexican gray wolves

PINETOP, Ariz. (AP) - Residents of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico may see and hear a low-flying helicopter in coming weeks as biologists …

Arizona

CA Man Accused Of Killing Endangered Leopard

Adam Thatcher Lawrence​, 38, allegedly traveled to the Republic of South Africa where he killed the leopard.<p>SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A California man was …

Wildlife

In Targeting the Lynx, the Trump Administration Defies Facts, Law, and Science Once Again

<i>Photo: Canadian lynx. US Fish & Wildlife Service digital library.</i>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently released a review of the status of …

Wildlife

U.S. Forest Service sets fee-free dates for 2018

The Nantahala National Forest will waive fees at Whiteside Mountain and Whitewater Falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15, the first of …

National Parks

Sierra Club Slams Decision to Remove Another Animal from Endangered Species List

Washington, DC-- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it intends to remove endangered species protection for the Canada lynx-- an …

Wildlife

Trump administration is taking steps to remove a threatened lynx from the endangered-species list

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it’s moving to strike the Canada lynx from the endangered-species list, despite a 2016 assessment concluding the species will die out in its northern range by the end of the century without federal protection.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had …

News

US says snow-loving lynx no longer need special protection

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say Canada lynx no longer need special protections in the United States following measures to preserve populations of the snow-loving wild cats.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it will begin drafting a rule to revoke the lynx's threatened …

Wildlife

17 former wildlife officials urge Interior to rethink easing rules against killing birds

A group of former Interior Department officials from both major parties who served under the past eight presidents pressed the Trump administration Wednesday to reconsider its move to ease restrictions against killing birds.<p>The 17 former political appointees and career officials, who include …

Animals

Where to see sandhill cranes and dizzying flocks of snow geese? Five bird festivals in the West highlight these master migrators

Even snow geese leave home in winter. The noisy white birds that call the Arctic region home travel south to California and Mexico to find good nesting spots and good eats. The geese are among the millions of migrating birds that take to the sky along avian freeways across North America called …

Birds