endangered species http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Sage Grouse Concerns Prompt Changes In Reclamation Regs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sage-grouse-concerns-prompt-changes-reclamation-regs <p>When energy development happens on public lands, companies have to reclaim the land. That means restoring the landscape after it’s been disturbed. But exactly what’s <em>required</em> varies from one part of the state to another. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports that agencies are making those rules more consistent, in hopes of helping keep sage grouse off the endangered species list.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:42:58 +0000 Willow Belden 53059 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sage Grouse Concerns Prompt Changes In Reclamation Regs Man appeals Gov. Mead's denial of grizzly records http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/man-appeals-gov-meads-denial-grizzly-records <p>The Wyoming Supreme Court must decide whether Gov. Matt Mead was justified in withholding documents regarding grizzly bear management.</p><p></p><p>Grizzly activist Robert Aland has appealed a recent district court ruling that Mead was justified in withholding records.</p><p>Aland had asked Mead for records supporting his contention that the state's grizzly population is healthy enough that federal Endangered Species Act protections are no longer needed.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:15:40 +0000 The Associated Press 44153 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Man appeals Gov. Mead's denial of grizzly records New report seeks to help states protect sage grouse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-seeks-help-states-protect-sage-grouse <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a report that’s meant to help states figure out how to protect sage grouse and keep them off the endangered species list.&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Budd with the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust helped put the report together. He says the document provides information about the key threats to sage grouse, but leaves it up to states to develop or revise their conservation plans.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:17:56 +0000 Willow Belden 38703 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New report seeks to help states protect sage grouse Enviro groups plan to sue to protect boreal toads http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/enviro-groups-plan-sue-protect-boreal-toads <p>Various ecological groups in the Rocky Mountain region have joined together to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to list the boreal toad as endangered.</p><p></p><p>Once populating much of the coniferous forests of the Western United States, the boreal toad’s numbers have plummeted in the last two decades. Currently, the amphibian is only found in 1% of its original breeding area in the Southern Rockies.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:24:13 +0000 Luke Hammons 36166 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Enviro groups plan to sue to protect boreal toads Wolf hunting season ends http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wolf-hunting-season-ends <p>Wyoming's wolf hunting season ends today.</p><p>Hunters are allowed to kill a total of 52 wolves ... but as of Friday afternoon, they had taken only 43.</p><p>It's Wyoming's first wolf hunting season since the federal government reintroduced wolves to the Yellowstone ecosystem in the 1990s.</p><p></p><p>Besides those taken during hunting season, 25 wolves have been killed around Wyoming this year because they were considered predators.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:40:55 +0000 Associated Press & Associated Press 34662 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wolf hunting season ends Groups file third lawsuit over Wyoming wolves http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groups-file-third-lawsuit-over-wyoming-wolves <p>Environmental groups have filed a third federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals filed suit today/yesterday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.<br>&nbsp;<br>The groups say Wyoming's management plan classifying wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most of the state is inadequate. They want the court to reinstate federal protections.<br>&nbsp; Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:12:36 +0000 The Associated Press & The associated press 33791 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groups file third lawsuit over Wyoming wolves NRCS offers protections to sage grouse-friendly farming and ranching operations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/nrcs-offers-protections-sage-grouse-friendly-farming-and-ranching-operations <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a new incentive to get farmers and ranchers to protectcertain species – including sage grouse – on their properties.</p><p>Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman says they want ranchers to do things like shifting their grazing patterns, in order to preserve sage grouse habitat. If a rancher signs on, he or she would get certain protections, if sage grouse end up on the Endangered Species List.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:46:36 +0000 Willow Belden 31141 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org NRCS offers protections to sage grouse-friendly farming and ranching operations Governor defends Wyoming’s wolf management effort http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-defends-wyoming-s-wolf-management-effort <div style="margin:0;"><font size="2" face="Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">Wyoming Governor Matt Mead defended the state</span></font><font color="#1F497D" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">’</span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">s wolf management plan this week</span></font><font color="#1F497D" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">,</span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;"> saying it’s been peer reviewed by scientists</span></font><font color="#1F497D" size="4"><span style="font-size:1 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:22:21 +0000 Bob Beck 29775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor defends Wyoming’s wolf management effort Report says how to avoid sage grouse listing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-how-avoid-sage-grouse-listing <p>Conservation groups are welcoming a federal report spelling out how sage grouse should be managed in 11 Western states to avoid new federal protections.<br>&nbsp;<br>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft report advises the states and federal land management agencies to act immediately to stop the loss of sage grouse habitat and populations.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Fish and Wildlife Service announced in 2010 that sage grouse deserved protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agency pledged to make a final listing decision by late 2015.<br>&nbsp; Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:02:17 +0000 The Associated Press 29092 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report says how to avoid sage grouse listing