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FWS and NOAA's Fisheries Service extend comment period on proposed policy to improve implementation of Endangered Species Act
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, the two federal agencies responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act, have announced a 30-day extension of the public comment period on a draft policy interpreting the phrase "significant portion of its range" in the ESA's definitions of "endangered species" and "threatened species." More



Warm weather wreaks havoc as hibernating animals invade towns
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With January snowfall marking the third-lightest on record, unseasonably warm temperatures in recent weeks have been welcome for most humans across the U.S. But spring-like conditions in the Lower 48 are confusing wildlife, stirring up hibernation schedules and reproductive cycles as part of what's been dubbed the "Jumanji effect." More

New York DEC preparing 5-year plan to maintain bobcat population
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The elusive bobcat is the subject of a proposed state Department of Environmental Conservation five-year management plan ready for public review and comment. The draft plan describes three primary goals for bobcat management: Maintain viable population levels and monitor trends in bobcat distribution and abundance; provide for sustainable use and enjoyment of bobcat by the public; minimize negative bobcat-human interactions. More

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Montana researchers plan study on wolf movement
The Missoulian via the Casper Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Montana will soon study how wolf deaths affect pack stability and population growth. UM's Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit just received a three-year, $150,000 grant to study wolf populations in northern Idaho, the Canadian province of Alberta and Yellowstone National Park. Wolf mortality varies greatly in the three areas, primarily because of management practices. More

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Whooping cranes looking for home after assisted migration stops
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A flock of whooping cranes that has spent the past six weeks in northwest Alabama are looking for a new home. The assisted migration of the rare birds has ended after bad weather, a government investigation and the reluctance of the young cranes to continue flying south. The journey that was scheduled to end in Florida has been on hold since early December. More

Federal officials to study status of flying squirrels
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Federal wildlife officials have agreed to review the status of the San Bernardino flying squirrel — once plentiful in the San Jacinto Mountains — to see if the distinctive animal warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service said a petition filed in 2010 by the Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based environmental group, provided substantial information showing that climate change, development, domestic and feral cats and forest fuels management may be threatening the squirrel's habitat and range. More

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Poll: Westerners find parks, wildlife vital to economy
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A survey conducted in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana showed near-universal agreement (92 percent) on the value of public lands, strong support (two-thirds) for renewable energy development over traditional fossil- fuel exploration and opposition (nearly two-thirds) to allowing private companies to develop public lands when it would limit the public's access and enjoyment of those lands. Four out of five of those Western voters view a strong economy and protections for clean air, clean water, natural areas and wildlife as compatible. More

China clears illegal tiger snares
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Volunteers in China cleared 162 illegal wire snares in an effort to protect the surviving population of endangered Siberian tigers, U.S. conservationists say. Volunteers struggled with freezing temperatures and deep snow as they searched the northeastern province of Heilongijang to clear snares set by poachers. More

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Unique Hornbilll conservation project attracting foreign tourists to India
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The Hornbill Nest Adoption Program, which conserves and protects hornbill nests in the fringe forest area outside Pakke Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in East Kameng District, is attracting tourists not only from India, but from other countries as well. The unique effort has not only increased the inflow of tourists, bird lovers and watchers, but also volunteers from within and abroad, including from Singapore to support the project with funds. More



Sea turtle baby boom smashes record
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Green turtles laid more than 1 million eggs last year on one of the Turtle Islands in the southern Philippines. That number of slimy turtle eggs set an all-time high since recording of nesting started in 1984. Some 14,220 green turtle nests were found on Baguan Island in 2011, breaking the previous record of 12,311 nests set in 1995. The 2011 figures translate to 2,844 nesting green turtles and 1.44 million turtle eggs laid, according to the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the conservation group Conservation International. "1.44 million eggs is an astounding number and it presents great hope for boosting green turtle populations," said Romeo Trono, executive director of Conservation International in the Philippines. More
 
 
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