U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Osprey Rescue
5:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Triple Osprey Rescue And Rehab Ends Well

Rehabbed osprey flies away after its release Wednesday in Finley, Wash.
Andrea Berglin

Three young ospreys and a parent are flying free along the Columbia River today after surviving close calls with litter.

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Wolverine Threatened Status
7:21 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

A close-up shot of a wolverine.
Credit Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely. Protected status was put on the table in anticipation of harm due to global warming. At present, the fierce and rare carnivore is making a slow comeback in the Northwest and Northern Rockies. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Threatened Mazama Pocket Gopher
6:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Feds Delay Controversial Decision On Pocket Gopher Protection

Mazama Pocket Gopher
Credit Kim Flotlin

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is postponing a controversial decision on whether to list the Mazama pocket gopher as a threatened species in the South Puget Sound area.

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Pesticides at Bandon Marsh National Refuge
7:04 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Agency Allows Pesticides Use In Wildlife Refuge To Tackle Mosquito Problem

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to allow Coos County to apply pesticides within the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

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Barred Owl Removal
4:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

USFWS Proposes Killing Barred Owls In Four-Year Experiment

Barred owls out-compete spotted owls for food and nesting sites.
Credit Terren / Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says today it will test removing barred owls to help the threatened spotted owl. The agency has proposed shooting barred owls in four study areas.

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Northwest News
9:47 am
Tue July 23, 2013

So What Is The White Bluffs Bladderpod, And Why Does It Matter?

The White Bluffs bladderpod is a small plant growing on a tiny strip of Washington land. It’s the focus of a big fight between farmers and the federal government. And there’s still a lot scientists don’t know about the plant.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The White Bluffs bladderpod is a small flower facing some big issues.  It’s a short plant with bright yellow flowers and small inflated pods – hence its name.  At first glance, there’s nothing special about it.  It isn’t edible and doesn’t have any herbal use that we know of.   But the bladderpod is rare.  It appears to grow only in a 17 mile long strip of federal lands in the Columbia Basin.  Right now, U.S. Fish and Wildlife lists the bladderpod as “threatened.”  They would like to list it as “endangered.” 

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Protection Of Rare Plant Delayed
4:34 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Federal Protection For Bladderpod Plant Pushed Back

Carrie Cordova US Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 4:34 pm

The federal government has pushed back the possible threatened listing of two rare plants that could affect farmers in southeast Washington. Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod have become very controversial, because part of the plants’ habitat spans valuable crop ground.

It’s a big topic of conversation at the Country Mercantile restaurant where many Franklin County farmers lunch. Ami MacHugh is an area cherry and horse farmer whose land could be affected by the possible federal protections.

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Threatened Species
3:59 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Dozens Of Farmers Fight Threatened Designation Of Bladderpod

Carrie Cordova US Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:10 pm

Farmers in southeast Washington packed a County Commission hearing Tuesday morning in Pasco. They’re angry because a flowering desert plant called the White Bluffs bladderpod may be designated as a federally threatened species by next week.

It likes to live on high desert bluffs near the Columbia River. Since farming and development have taken over much of its desert habitat – the plant has become more rare.

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Deer Relocation
4:32 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Feds To Relocate Rare Deer Threatened By Failing Dike

US Fish

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 3:58 pm

A federal agency plans a major effort to preemptively rescue about 65 deer upriver from Astoria. The animals live on a floodplain beside the lower Columbia River.

These aren't just any deer. They're an endangered species: the Columbian white-tailed deer. One of this animal's strongholds is a national wildlife refuge near Cathlamet, Washington. But now the Columbia River is on the verge of bursting through a failing dike at the edge of the refuge.

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Endangered Species List
6:18 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Mazama Pocket Gopher Slated To Join Endangered Species List

The Mazama pocket gopher
Credit Kim Flotlin, FWS / Wikimedia Commons

For the third time this fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to add a Northwest meadow critter to the endangered species list. This time, it's the Mazama pocket gopher. But, the listing is fairly limited.

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