wildlife

Wolf Testimony
6:23 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Testimony On Wolf Bill Includes Story Of Attack

A public hearing Wednesday on a bill to allow people the right to protect livestock and pets from wolf attacks included the story of a very close wolf encounter near the town of Twisp.

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Wandering Wolf OR-7
7:09 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Wandering Wolf Returns to Oregon After Year In California

A wandering male wolf known as OR-7 has crossed back into Oregon after spending more than a year in the mountains of northern California. It was originally born in Northeastern Oregon. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports. 

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Gray Wolves
6:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Killing Wolves Sparks Heated Debate In Washington Senate

US Fish

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It would be easier to kill gray wolves that attack livestock or pets under a bill that passed the Washington Senate Friday. Currently, ranchers and property owners can’t kill protected animals, like wolves, without the permission of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The bill sparked heated debate in the Senate.

Republican state Sen. John Smith said the measure would allow people to defend their animals, including the dog his son loves.

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Idaho Water Plan
6:44 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Idaho Adopts New State Water Plan

Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Idaho has a new water plan -- the first update since 1996 to the state’s principles for how water in streams, lakes and aquifers should be divided among users and how it should be conserved for fish and wildlife. The new plan goes into effect Friday. But not everyone is happy about it. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Whtie-Tailed Deer
6:41 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Relocating An Endangered Deer

A white-tailed deer seen in Washington.
Credit Photo by Wikimedia user Dcoetzee / Wikimedia Commons

A dike in southwestern Washington has become a ticking time bomb. Managers say it’s not a matter of if, but when, it will fail. And behind the dike? A small group of white-tailed deer, considered an endangered species. If biologists can’t move the herd before the dike is breeched, the deer could be wiped out. Courtney Flatt has this report.

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American Marten
6:51 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Volunteers Search For The Elusive Marten In Olympic National Forest

Though the American Marten is not threatened in the majority of its range, biologists worry that the population in coastal mountain ranges, like Olympic National Forest, have declined in the last few decades.
Credit Photo by T. Gettelman / Lassen National Forest

The American Marten is a small elusive member of the weasel family. People trap them and sell their pelts on the fur market where they’re known as “sable”. Their numbers are healthy in Canada and some northern parts of the U.S. But scientists worry that marten populations have severely declined in coastal mountain ranges - like the Olympic National Forest.

Ashley Ahearn from our EarthFix team reports on one organization that’s trying to help scientists get some answers.

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Washington Wolves
6:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

WA Wildlife Officials Report ‘Unprecedented’ Wolf Numbers

A meeting in Spokane Valley, Wash., on the state's gray wolves stretched late into the evening.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Washington wildlife managers are working to avoid the kind of escalation in wolf conflicts that led the state to kill an entire wolf pack last fall. Officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife told a crowd in Spokane Valley Wednesday they’re trying to keep livestock losses down, even as Washington’s wolf population grows. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Wolverine Status
6:17 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Wolverines Under Consideration For Endangered Species Status

A wolverine seen on Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle.
Credit Photo by Jeffrey C. Lewis / Wikimedia Commons

Should wolverines be listed as an endangered species? That will be the question before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on January 18th. This hardy member of the weasel family is actually making a comeback in the U.S., but perhaps not for long. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Tracking Pygmy Rabbits
4:45 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Pygmy Rabbits Recovering In The Wild

Washington’s pygmy rabbits were federally listed as endangered in 2003.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website

Biologists released more than 100 pygmy rabbits into the wild this summer. Now, as temperatures drop and snow falls, they’re out tracking the rabbits to find out how many of the endangered species have survived.

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Seal Sitters
7:01 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seal Sitters Ask Beach-Goers To Share The Shore

This young seal pup named Lucy was so thin and sickly looking that she was nearly taken in to a rehab center.
Credit Photo by Katie Campbell / EarthFix

It's common for people strolling the beaches of Puget Sound to encounter a gray lump that turns out to be a seal pup. It's also common for well-meaning people to want to shoo them back into the water -- but this can do more to harass than help. A band of volunteers is making sure that doesn’t happen. Reporting for EarthFix, Katie Campbell explains.

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