wildlife

Prison Rehab
6:36 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Restore Threatened Species

Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem is growing Kincaid’s Lupine and Golden Paintbrush, flowers relied upon by the rare Fender’s Blue and Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies.
Credit Captain Chad Naugle / ODOC

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are rearing endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

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Wolves
6:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Mating More Frequently

A new study from Canada showed wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife / U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A new study out of Canada revealed a surprising side effect that hunting may have on wolves.

Researchers wanted to compare the hormone levels in wolves that often deal with hunters’ fire, versus wolves that are hunted very little. They were able to measure levels of progesterone, testosterone, and the stress hormone cortisol by looking at samples of wolf hair from different parts of northern Canada.

It turns out wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones. So, they were stressed out and mating more frequently.

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Wolverine Threatened Status
6:20 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Conservationists Sue For Wolverine Protections

Conservationists want the courts to require a federal agency to list the wolverine as an endangered species.
Credit Josh More / Flickr

Wolverines need deep snowpack to build their nests and rear their young. But climate models project a rise in temperatures across the wolverine’s current habitat in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and Oregon.

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Bighorn Sheep Removal
8:09 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Washington To Remove Sick Bighorn Sheep

More of Washington’s bighorn sheep have been infected with bacteria that cause pneumonia. Wildlife managers are planning to remove several animals from one herd so that they don’t infect other sheep.
Credit Bmaas / flickr

  More of Washington’s bighorn sheep have been infected with bacteria that cause pneumonia. The disease can sometimes wipe out entire herds. Wildlife managers are planning to remove several animals from one herd so that they don’t infect other sheep.

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Endangered Fisher
7:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

West Coast Fisher Proposed For Endangered Species Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the fisher as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Its populations were first damaged by trapping and logging, and now face a threat from rat poison used by illegal marijuana farms.
Credit Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed endangered species protection for west coast populations of the fisher. It’s a relative of the weasel.

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Salmon Cannon
7:04 am
Fri September 26, 2014

A New Technology To Transport Fish: The Salmon Cannon

Washington Deparment of Fish and Wildlife crews load 30-pound fall chinook salmon into the salmon cannon. The cannon sucks the fish up to a truck at 22 miles per hour. The fish will then be driven to a nearby hatchery.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

Salmon may soon have a faster way to make it around dams. There’s a new technology that’s helping to transport hatchery fish in Washington. It’s called the salmon cannon — yes, you read that right.

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Wolf Kill Ban
6:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ketchum City Council Passes Resolution to Use Non-Lethal Tactics to Control Wolf Population

Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to collaborate on a project that helps ranchers use alternative measures against wolves.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business. Last night, the Ketchum City Council passed a resolution urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.


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Wildlife Killings
6:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds' Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

A breeding alpha female wolf was killed this past week by a federally contracted sharpshooter who shot the wrong wolf.
Credit USDA / Northwest News Network

Four environmental groups say they will sue the government to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho. They say tactics like shooting wolves from helicopters, blowing up beaver dams and spraying lethal chemicals in the wild have caused widespread damage.

The groups sent notice that they intend to sue the USDA's Wildlife Services program.

Travis Bruner heads the Hailey, Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project. It's one of the groups that joined the impending lawsuit.

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alpha wolf killed
8:14 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female. Officials worry that could lower the pack’s chances of survival.

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Wolf Pack Kill
9:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Washington Sharpshooter Accidentally Kills Breeding Female

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr

KING 5 reports that a federal contractor hired to kill wolves hunting Washington sheep has accidentally killed the pack's alpha breeding female.

The pack, known as the Huckleberry Pack, has been preying on sheep in northern Stevens County.

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