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Idaho 10 year wildlife action plan comments

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for public input on the 10-year revision of the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan. Fish and Game officials are interested in tapping local knowledge and experience to improve Idaho’s plan. When completed, the Action Plan is intended to conserve fish and wildlife by helping landowners, resource-based industries, and land management agencies choose programs and on-the-ground activities that benefit those species that need the most help. All guidance, strategies, and actions suggested in the Action Plan are voluntary and will help prevent future endangered species listings. The Action Plan describes key conservation targets (fish and wildlife species and their habitats), threats to those targets such as noxious weeds and wildfire, and recommended…

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Plague hasn’t spread to pets or people, Idaho health officials say

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Spokesman Mike Demick said his agency got a few reports the first week after the news broke, but that lately the page has been sparsely visited. Dr. Elizabeth Cienava with WestVet, the 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic in Garden City, said her office has had two people bring in dogs to be tested. People are concerned and asking questions, she said. The plague, a bacterial disease, can be spread by the bites of fleas or by direct contact with infected animals.

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States Defend Their Sage Grouse Preservation Efforts

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…federal land use plans "may be, in fact, more dangerous than a listing" of the bird. She added that state plans "can be much more nimble" than federal plans, which are very difficult to modify.The Interior Department is expected to finalize updated land use plans related to the sage grouse this month and faces a Sept. 30 deadline to decide whether to recommend federal protection for the bird. Environmental advocates have been pushing for nearly a decade for the…

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Feds planning NM release of wolf pups bred in captivity

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…to New Mexico. But a new management rule that took effect in February permits the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to introduce “new” wolves, or those bred in captivity, directly into the New Mexico wild — a critical step, advocates say, toward improving the genetics of the population. Wolf advocates say they are concerned about the fate of permit requests by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pending before the New Mexico Game and Fish Department to release new wolves. They say the…

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Endangered species listing for sage grouse could affect Wyoming’s economy

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…the sage grouse from being added to the endangered species list. But many sage grouse supporters in Wyoming are not pleased about the effort. All three members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation are co-sponsors on bill that would block the federal government from listing the sage grouse as an endangered species for six to 10 years. “States like Wyoming are already leading the way when it comes to protecting species on the ground — including the sage grouse,” said Sen.

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Now is the time to apply for big game controlled hunts in Idaho

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…open hunt for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts, in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. The first drawing in June will pick 26 hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags — eight elk, eight deer and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt. One “Super Hunt Combo” entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Super Hunt entries are $6…

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Protecting the Sage Grouse requires local conservation solutions, collaboration

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By Doug YoungBoth the Gunnison and greater sage grouse are renown throughout the West for their elaborate courtship rituals. However, it is not the only means to conserving species. Recognizing the importance of the sagebrush habitat on her land, she partnered with a local land conservancy to permanently protect her property for the benefit of the recently listed Gunnison sage grouse.

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