Southern Resident Killer Whales In Poor Condition, ‘Vulnerable’; WDFW Asks All Boaters To Give Struggling, ESA-Listed Orcas Space

July 4th, 2024

For the fourth year in a row, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued an emergency rule requiring commercial whale-watching vessels to stay at least one-half nautical mile away from vulnerable Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) this summer.

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Conservation Groups Submit Comments Blasting BLM’s Draft Amendment To Protect Sage Grouse On 69 Million Acres, 10 Western States

June 21st, 2024

Conservation organizations have submitted comments blasting the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s draft amendment for 77 land-use plans across the western United States intended to protect the imperiled greater sage grouse.

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USFWS Designates 1.2 Million Acres As Critical Habitat In California, Oregon For Coastal Marten

June 7th, 2024

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 1.2 million acres of critical habitat in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon for the coastal distinct population segment of the Pacific marten, also known as the coastal or Humboldt marten.

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Marbled Murrelet Study Shows How Artificial Intelligence Can Enhance Monitoring Secretive Species

May 31st, 2024

Artificial intelligence analysis of data gathered by acoustic recording devices is a promising new tool for monitoring the marbled murrelet and other secretive, hard-to-study species, research by Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service has shown.

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Oregon Annual Wolf Report Shows No Population Growth For First Time In 16 Years; ‘The Amount Of Poaching, Other Suspicious Deaths Alarming’

April 18th, 2024

The minimum known count of wolves in Oregon at the end of 2023 was 178 wolves, according to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management annual report released this week by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This is the same number documented in 2022 and does not include 10 wolves translocated to Colorado in 2023 to help establish a wolf population there. 

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Final Federal EIS Proposes Establishment Of Experimental Grizzly Bear Population In North Cascades National Park

April 5th, 2024

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have published a final Environmental Impact Statement that identifies the preferred alternative to reintroduce grizzly bear into the North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone, including North Cascades National Park.

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