A trio of conservation groups says a Wyoming plan eliminates a management area designated for black-footed ferret reintroduction habitat, reduces the amount of prairie dog colony acreage and includes poisoning and shooting prairie dogs—ferrets’ exclusive prey.
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In late July, a coalition of 70 conservation, Indigenous and animal welfare groups filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to relist the gray wolf as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
Grazing at the USDA’s Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois, ID, has been halted after environmental groups claimed the station harms grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and greater sage-grouse.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced proposals for gathering several thousand wild horses in Wyoming. In Nevada, state lawmakers are considering a resolution urging Congress to provide funding to reduce the levels of wild horses and burros to appropriate management levels.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill overturned a decision to allow mining on habitat for the greater sage-grouse.
A coalition of wolf advocates and environmental groups challenged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS’) decision to remove gray wolves from federal protections in the contiguous 48 states, in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The final programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) released by the BLM calls for fuel reduction and rangeland restoration on approximately 38.5 million acres of BLM-administered lands in the Great Basin, including portions of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
A pair of environmental groups, Western Watersheds Project and Prairie Hills Audubon, petitioned the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Commission to list the greater sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered species Act.