By Joshua Rapp Learn
The Wildlife Society
Posted on October 23, 2015
Feral swine are one of the most difficult invasive species to eradicate in North America. The pigs (Sus scrofa), first introduced from Europe, are intelligent enough to avoid many traps and can change their behavior to be more evasive and nomadic once they’ve had encounters with hunters.
But researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services are perfecting a poison that’s as basic as bacon for breakfast: salt. Continue reading
October 9, 2015
Pheasant range states are seeking a National Wild Pheasant Plan Coordinator. The position will be located in the Pheasant’s Forever office in Brookings, SD. Application deadline is November 30, 2015.
National Pheasant Plan Coordinator Second Announcement
By ERICA GOODE OCT. 5, 2015 Science
A male greater sage grouse performed mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. Credit David Zalubowski/Associated Press
When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation groups predictably criticized the ruling.
“It’s a sign that politics as usual has taken over the process,” said Erik Molvar of WildEarth Guardians, which had lobbied to protect the bird.
A more surprising development was that many other environmental organizations applauded the decision and the Interior Department’s proactive approach: With the threat of regulation under the Endangered Species Act hanging in the background, the department prodded states, federal agencies and private landowners to work together on a conservation plan that could make an endangered listing unnecessary. Continue reading
Posted on September 10, 2015
The Washington Post
male lesser prairie chicken, New Mexico
A U.S. District Court Judge threw out the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to list the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) as a threatened species last Tuesday. The March 2014 decision to list this species throughout its range in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado coincided with a habitat conservation plan set up by these states which aimed to keep the species from being listed. This was done to fend off any land use restrictions for operations such as oil and gas extraction that may result from a listing. The judge in this case ruled FWS failed to consider the potential positive impacts of the habitat conservation plan in determining whether listing the species was necessary. FWS has not stated if they will appeal the ruling.
Federal initiative follows a previously announced push by the White House.
By Tony Kennedy Star Tribune
August 20, 2015 — 9:38pm
Monarch butterfly rescue efforts will get a $20 million boost from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a new funding initiative announced Thursday in Bloomington by the agency’s top executive.
Accompanied by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe said his agency has dedicated $4 million a year over the next five years to support monarchs, an iconic species that may be on its way to the endangered species list.
The financial support is a follow-up to a previously announced White House push to revive the population of pollinators with habitat restoration and other means. Continue reading