Wildlife cops have uncovered a problem on the Columbia River. Poachers are catching and killing giant sturgeon. They're driven, in part, by global demand for black market caviar. And they're putting the whole sturgeon population at risk.
The U.S. is increasing its efforts to combat global wildlife trafficking. But resources have diminished for catching poachers stateside. In Central Oregon, Fish and Wildlife troopers are struggling to protect a mule deer population that’s in decline.
Every year deer and elk lose their antlers. It’s kind of like when a child loses a baby tooth. For some, they’re are fun to collect. But other unscrupulous people are harassing animals to death in an effort grab the biggest antlers. The trick to looking for antlers is to keep your eyes on the ground.
Idaho biologists say the number of wolves is likely declining, but their count of breeding pairs of wolves -- a key number used to measure the health of the state’s wolf population -- has actually gone up.