Sen. Lori Den Hartog, R-Meridian, said, “With all our industries, I think we need to be looking at ways to reduce regulation in a meaningful way.” But, she said, “That means balancing the needs of our industries with the other benefits that we have in our state, like our wildlife. I think those are important things to weigh, and I don’t think any of us take that lightly.
While no one wants to see the birds die out, the listing has prompted angst from farmers and ranchers, along with defiance from lawmakers in the chicken’s five-state habitat area. Current exemptions would most likely disappear with an endangered listing. He fears companies are putting projects, such as oil and gas production, on hold indefinitely.
Mexican wolf range includes the Gila and Apache national forests and is slated to be expanded when a new management rule takes effect Feb. 17. The recent census found a total of 19 Mexican wolf packs, with a minimum of 53 wolves in New Mexico and 56 wolves in Arizona. Fourteen packs had at least one pup that survived through the end of the year, the FWS reported. At least 38 wild-born pups survived through the end of the year. The new management rule expands the range…
Cutting said some environmental decisions are made during what is called the “sue-and-settle” process. This process starts with an environmental group bringing a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requiring a ruling concerning an environmental issue such as the endangered species status of a plant or animal. The judge might require a ruling within a limited amount of time. This limits research on the issue.
For the first time in more than a decade, anglers are now allowed to keep up to 15 of the fish daily.
Hunters are required to report coyotes killed within those counties. Coyote hunting permits will be available online. The state agency also temporarily listed the red wolf as a threatened species, the release said. Coyotes are considered a threat to livestock, pets and native wildlife.
Fish and Game documented a peak of 856 wolves in 2009. The green group hopes for an increase in federal monitoring, with the population dropping at the very least. State studies have shown more breeding pairs than the federal criteria indicate, he said.
…to kill 120 to 160 wolves to save caribou herds threatened by predation. In the four caribou herds that roam that region, at least 37 percent of all adult mortalities have been documented as wolf predations, Canadian officials said. The South Selkirk herd has declined from 46 caribou in 2009 to 27 in 2012 and to 18 in a survey conducted 10 months ago. Evidence points to wolves being the leading cause of mortality, officials said.