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Endangered Species Act

Forest Service Proposes Changes To Sage Grouse Protections

Jun 20, 2018
Sage grouse.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (PD)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining.

The agency also said restrictions on water development for livestock will be removed as will other requirements that could limit some livestock grazing.

Grizzly Bear Committee Delays Vote On NCDE Conservation Strategy
IGBC

Wildlife managers are laying the groundwork to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around the Continental Divide in northwest Montana later this year.

On Tuesday, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s executive committee was expected to vote on a so-called Conservation Strategy. But the vote was delayed to give members more time to consider public comments.

Bear Management Units (BMUs) in the NCDE Primary Conservation Area. BMU subunits are outlined in light gray.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is getting together this week for their bi-annual meeting about grizzly bear management in northwest Montana.

Members will vote on a conservation strategy that outlines how federal, tribal and state managers can maintain a recovered, genetically diverse population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The two-day meeting begins Tuesday in Polson.

Mark Conlin


Four years ago the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that Arctic grayling in Montana don’t warrant Endangered Species Act protection. Now, it’s asking for public input on its strategy to work with the state and private landowners to protect the last native population of the fish in the lower 48 states.

Grizzly bear.
(PD)

Wyoming Wednesday approved its first grizzly bear hunt in 44 years. State wildlife commissioners voted unanimously to do so.

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