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National Security Beholden to Endangered Species Act:Congress Must Act to Protect Military Readiness

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While the FWS is eager to restrict human activities on these and other lands, the negative effects appear to come with few conservation benefits for the bird. Additionally, seasonal and spatial restrictions could limit maneuvers and other vital training procedures.This story is repeated at other military installations. Due to the ESA’s inflexible nature, conflicts at these military installations are likely if the grouse is regulated under the ESA.

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Saving prime sage grouse habitat will mean fighting fires differently this summer

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A provision passed last year by Congress further complicates this process: The government can’t use federal funds to fully list the sage grouse or invoke the full restrictive powers of the law. So Guerry became one of the strongest advocates for Rangeland Fire Protection Associations on Browns Bench. But that doesn’t necessarily mean this fire season will be bad, said Ed Delgado, NIFC head of predictive services.

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Deer council discusses wolves

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They’re an animal.” Along with its predator statement, the Douglas County council made its preliminary 2015 deer season recommendations. But he cautioned hunters not to expect trophy bucks. Agreement with the Douglas County Deer Advisory Council’s plan was second with 37 responses.

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Wolf bills prowling through state Legislature

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Two of the bills he and Short sponsored got unanimous votes by the House on Tuesday. Four new packs were also discovered. The agency says at least 68 gray wolves now roam the state. There are 16 wolf packs and at least five successful breeding pairs. The number of confirmed wolves in North Central Washington actually dropped slightly, from 13 to 11.

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Agents kill Lolo wolves to boost elk survival

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…predation are responsible for the Lolo’s declining elk herds. The Lolo elk population has dropped from 16,000 elk in 1989 to roughly 2,100 elk in 2010, and possibly fewer than 1,000 this year. State studies indicate that wolves have become the primary predator affecting calf and cow elk survival in the Lolo. In addition to the 19 wolves killed by government agents, another 11 wolves were taken by hunters and trappers in the Lolo zone during the 2014-2015 harvest season. …

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Strategy on Greater Sage Grouse Outlined at Interior Hearing

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Interior Department plans to decide whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act by Sept. 30, but whatever the decision the agency won’t write a rule implementing it, Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.Congress approved language as part of a broad fiscal 2015 spending package (PL 113-235) that prevents the department from spending money to write a proposed rule if the Fish and Wildlife Service decides to designate the bird as threatened or endangered. Jewell…

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