Latest Wildlife management News

Idaho wolf population is estimated at 1,000 animals

Jan. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said there are an estimated 1,000 wolves in Idaho. Ed Schriever told the House Resources and Conservation Committee that the estimate made public for the first time is the first wolf population estimate in Idaho since...

This Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows a moose on railroad tracks in Ludlow, Vt. A moose that was stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, according to state fish and wildlife officials. Local game wardens and wildlife biologists, with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System, sedated the moose and picked it up with a railroad crane truck. (Warden Kyle Isherwood/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department  via AP)

Moose stuck on railroad bridge is rescued and relocated

Jan. 23, 2020 4:51 PM EST

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — A moose got stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont and was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, state fish and wildlife officials said. State Fish and Wildlife received a report Wednesday morning that a moose was stuck on a bridge near the Ludlow and Cavendish area in...

Mountain lion killed was same that injured California boy

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Tests have confirmed that a mountain lion killed by authorities on Monday is the same animal that injured a 3-year-old boy earlier in the day at a Southern California wilderness park, officials said. The boy suffered a bite wound to the back of his neck and was treated at a...

Officials welcome return of wolves to northwest Colorado

Jan. 23, 2020 2:37 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence, officials said. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery...

Republican Rep. Matt Shea speaks at a gun-rights rally, where many gathered in support of the embattled lawmaker, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” in a recent report has for years been spreading his anti-government views to other Western states. Republican Rep. Matt Shea is a co-founder of...

Nevada man sentenced for trafficking in endangered species

Jan. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 51-year-old Nevada man who admitted illegally trafficking endangered African lion and leopard parts has been ordered to serve a total of 60 days in federal custody and complete 100 hours of community service for a wildlife conservation group. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones...

Lawmaker proposes wolf-free zones in southern Idaho

Jan. 22, 2020 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some areas in Idaho would be declared wolf-free zones, and other areas where the animals have killed livestock would have increased wolf-killing opportunities under legislation proposed Wednesday. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the...

DNR board to gauge reaction to deer hunt changes

Jan. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state's traditional nine-day season in November. Hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during the...

Chronic wasting disease cases on the rise in North Dakota

Jan. 22, 2020 10:44 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cases of chronic wasting disease are growing significantly in North Dakota's deer herd with eight additional cases discovered after the fall deer hunt, wildlife officials said. The state Game and Fish Department said that brings the number of confirmed cases in hunted deer to 24 since...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...