A panel of wildlife officials says it's time to lift Endangered Species protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. District Court in Portland sentenced a man to a year probation and a $250 fine for killing three bald and three golden eagles on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Oregon's top elected officials get behind a controversial plan to sell off pieces of a coastal state forest to private interests.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending the Columbian white-tailed deer be downgraded to a threatened species, one step closer to removing the deer from the endangered species list.
As the feds consider delisting the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act, a study by California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife decides the gray wolf does not need protection in the state.
The eastern population of the Steller sea lion will be taken off the threatened species list, a federal agency announced Wednesday.
The Oregon Court of Appeals has denied a request to put the state's new gillnet fishing rules on hold during a legal challenge.
The federal government will make official Thursday its added protection for the streaked horned lark and the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. The bird and the butterfly rely on prairie habitat from the Puget Sound trough to the Willamette Valley.
Federal wildlife officials are moving ahead with an experiment to see if killing a rival owl will help save the northern spotted owl from extinction.
A federal judge has handed the timber industry another defeat in its effort to expand logging on the habitat of a threatened coastal seabird.
A contentious natural resources landscape in the Klamath Basin could get bumpier with the proposed listing of spotted frogs under the Endangered Species Act.
A small spotted frog that has been getting a helping hand from Washington prison inmates was proposed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act this week.
With some low-population Southern Oregon counties on the verge of insolvency, the Oregon congressional delegation seems determined to get more money-producing timber harvests off the 2.4 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management forests in Western Oregon.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces that it will experiment with killing barred owls in Northwest forests to keep these aggressive birds from crowding out their more genteel cousins, the federally protected northern spotted owls.
A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to a rare plant which grows on a narrow ribbon of federal land and farms.
The federal agencies responsible for making Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams safer for salmon say they're doing a good job, helping more young fish survive their migration downstream, and producing higher returns among threatened and endangered runs.
While members of Oregon's congressional delegation try to find a way to increase logging on the so-called O&C lands, the federal agency that oversees them is working on a new management plan.
The Obama administration is proposing to lift most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states almost four decades after they were added to the endangered species list.
The federal government is considering whether to list a yellow-flowering plant known as the White Bluffs Bladderpod as a threatened species. Landowners worry the listing could curtail farming.
Farmers in southeast Washington are angry because a flowering desert plant called the White Bluffs bladderpod may be designated as a federally threatened species by next week.
State officials in the Northern Rockies are opposing a federal proposal that cites climate change as a looming threat to the carnivorous wolverine, which depends on deep mountain snows to survive.
The federal government is preparing to stop protecting gray wolves in the lower 48 states, according to a draft document.
Two plants that only grow in the area of the Hanford Reach National Monument have been listed as endangered species.
Despite moving fewer animals than planned and 20 percent of them dying, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are pleased with a recently completed effort to relocate endangered Columbian White-tail deer.
An environmental group has stopped an agreement between the timber industry and federal wildlife officials that would have delayed new protections for a threatened seabird.
Baby rabbits are part of the latest chapter in the Columbia River pygmy rabbit success story. This season’s litter has begun exploring a 6.5-acre pen at Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area.
Western environmental groups say they're alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in areas where the animals no longer exist.
Created during a two-year effort by the ODFW, the list of 10 worst impediments to fish passage in Oregon will be presented Friday in Salem to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for adoption.
Legislation giving the state primacy over the management of its fish and wildlife and the final say on the introduction of endangered species has cleared the state Senate.
A bill giving Idaho more decision-making power over endangered species is headed to the full Senate for a vote.
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 breached, the deer could be wiped out.
Proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the wolverine joins the polar bear, three seal species and several other animals that government scientists say are threatened with extinction as warmer temperatures shrink their habitats.
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. Preliminary figures show the state wolf population grew from 27 to 51 just in the last year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service says a dead newborn orca calf [found on Washington's Olympic Peninsula last week](/flora-and-fauna/article/dead-orca-calf-found-on-wash-beach/ "") belongs to a population of endangered killer whales.
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.
The population of a reclusive Northwest sea bird has declined by about a third in just 10 years. That’s according to a newly published study of the marbled murrelet.
Officials at the Oregon Coast Aquarium at Newport say two endangered female sea turtles found this week on the stormy north Oregon coast have died.
The protected status of a small population of reindeer in the Northwest is getting a second look. Snowmobilers and an Idaho county that depends on winter snow sports petitioned the government to delist the animal.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Northwest may have another species listed as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday proposed listing the Mazama pocket gopher as threatened in the South Puget Sound region of western Washington.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says northern Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille is seeing a rebound in kokanee.
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting 11 timber sales in Oregon’s state forests. The state is being sued by three conservation groups who say the logging projects imperil a federally protected seabird.
For two decades, the key to protecting a threatened seabird called the marbled murrelet has involved the protection of coastal forests where it nests. Conservationists call on the Obama administration to stick with the approach.
Federal wildlife officials hope to complete an analysis before the end of the year that could decide whether wolves should still be considered “endangered” nationally.
The southern Puget Sound's struggling population of orcas could lose federal protection if a new effort succeeds at removing the whales from the endangered species list.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is telling Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead that he shares the governor's desire to end federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears.
Environmental groups have forced state foresters into a strategic retreat, in a legal battle over a threatened seabird. As a result, ten state-run timber sales have been delayed.
This time of year thousands of tourists start making their way to the San Juan Islands. Many of them pile onto boats and go out looking for the resident killer whales that are foraging for salmon in Puget Sound. Scientists used to think all that boating traffic was a major source of stress for the whales. But new research points to another factor that could be even more upsetting for them.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a number of mining operations on the Klamath River in 2004. The ruling applies to salmon streams throughout the West, where suction dredge mining claims will now be harder to work.
This week EarthFix host Ashley Ahearn talks to teammates Cassandra Profita and Bonnie Stewart about coal exports in the Northwest and dams on the Snake River. And get the inside scoop on a new app that could be good news for endangered whales.
SALEM, Ore. -- Bald eagles are no longer considered threatened by the state of Oregon. The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to remove the iconic bird from the state list of endangered species.
**UPDATED:** The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan to dramatically increase protected habitat for the Northwest's dwindling number of spotted owls. The feds are also moving ahead on safeguarding the mild birds by shooting barred owls, their invasive competitors. The agency Wednesday morning released details, including a proposal to set aside almost 14 million acres as critical habitat for the owl.
BOISE, Idaho — The administrator of the Idaho Office of Species Conservation plans to exit the post, just as the state is trying to keep the sage grouse off the list of animals protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. Nate Fisher is leaving the agency, with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter confirming his final day on the job will be March 9.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are looking for ways to reverse the decline in the state’s dwindling sage grouse population. They’re worried that if the state doesn’t act, the federal government will impose its own plan to protect the bird under the Endangered Species Act.
Two wolf advocacy organizations officially made their case last week in federal court to get wolves relisted as endangered species. They want the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that taking wolves off the Endangered Species list earlier this year was unconstitutional.
A new bill in Congress would allow the Department of Homeland Security to override 36 environmental laws in the name of national security. Critics are questioning whether America will be any safer if natural resources are less protected.
A North Idaho resident faces up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine for shooting a bear that's protected by the Endangered Species Act.
A coalition of environmental groups and fishing industry associations are trying to frame a recent court ruling as a call to save salmon and protect jobs that result from commercial and recreational angling.
Federal Judge James Redden rejects the federal governments' third version of a plan to meet the Endangered Species Act standards for protecting imperiled salmon as they navigate turbines and past eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Wolves haven’t roamed the state of Washington since the 1930s, but that’s changed in the past five years.