U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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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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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Idaho Wolf Trapping
7:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Idaho Opens Wolf Trapping Season

Photo of a wolf.
Credit Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The gray wolf remains on state endangered species lists in Oregon and Washington. But in Idaho, the state opens wolf trapping season Thursday Nov. 15. In fact, Idaho plans to offer more tags than last year.

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Marbled Murrelet Protections
4:53 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Conservation Groups Ask Obama Administration To Keep Murrelet Protections

Conservation groups say the marbled murrelet could be at a greater risk of extinction.
Gus Van Vliet Wikimedia Commons

Conservation groups are urging the Obama administration to keep logging restrictions in place for nearly 4 million acres of coastal forests in the Pacific Northwest. Otherwise, they say a threatened species of seabird could be at greater risk of extinction.

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