Jun 30 2014
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Rare Lynx From Traps in IdahoBOISE, Idaho— Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit today against the governor of Idaho and other state officials to halt trapping that harms and often kills Canada lynx, one of the rarest cats in the United States. The lawsuit charges Gov. Butch Otter, the director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and members of the state Fish and Game Commission with violations of the Endangered Species Act resulting from state permitting that leads to trapping and killing of lynx, a threatened species numbering as few as 100 animals in Idaho.
Jun 27 2014
Clark County Employer Likely Closing DownU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack recently informed Congress he was closing the Agricultural Research Service’s U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois. The station’s 21 full-time employees hold about 5 percent of the 423 full-time jobs in the county. "The sheep experimental station is operated in the prime migratory route for grizzly bears. there was little or no effort at non-lethal deterrence. The sheep posed an obvious and instinctually irresistable attractant for the bears who were dealt with for simply following their need to eat. Thank you for asking. The situation illustrates our need to be aware of how our own behavior affects the behavior of large carnivores who have very limited habitat and connectivity choices." The Cougar Fund
Jun 26 2014
Bear Watching More Profitable Than Bear Hunting, Says StudyThere is more money in looking at bears than there is in shooting them — 12 times more to be exact, according to a new study. The study conducted by the Centre for Responsible Tourism, a research institute at Stanford University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the conservation organization Tides Canada, concluded that bear-related ecotourism is exponentially more profitable than trophy hunting. "It seemed to us quite clear that the government is spending more to sort of manage and oversee hunting than it is earning from revenue from hunting," she said. Photo:A Kermode bear, better known as the Spirit Bear, is seen fishing in the Riordan River on Gribbell Island. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Jun 23 2014
Biologists Can’t Find Fishers in WyomingFactors such as over-trapping, timber harvesting and habitat fragmentation are considered the historic catalysts for the near elimination of fishers in the Northern Rockies.
Jun 17 2014
Group Calls for Overhaul of Wyoming Trapping LawsA local organization is calling for an overhaul of Wyoming’s trapping regulations, saying they haven't been updated since before the de-listing of wolves. Cover photo: Bradley Orstead.