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US wolves: Facing bullets and a hail of bureacracy

October 25th, 2013

U.S. wolves got a reprieve this week, though only a tiny one, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the comment period on its proposal to remove protections for nearly all US wolves. Meanwhile, the gunfire thundered across the Northern Rocky Mountains where hunters are killing wolves no longer listed as endangered.


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U.S. gray wolves headed for disaster in 2013?

June 6th, 2013

Two years of sport hunting have taken a toll on the gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains. Their population is down by 34 percent after what one biologist satirically calls a “robust” hunting season.


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New web tool shows how climate change will worsen extreme heat, drought

August 4th, 2011

Climate change is expected to lead to worsening drought conditions and greater heat extremes, along with myriad health problems. And a new web tool created by the Natural Resources Defense Council lets you see read just how badly your state could be impacted by climate change.


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Republicans take aim at clean air, clean water, wolves and fuel efficient cars

July 21st, 2011

Republicans in the U.S. House are again packing budget bills with riders that would strip away protections for clean water, clean air and wildlife. They’re adding these measures as riders on the coming 2012 budget bills, which is how the budget gets tweaked. The problem, say environmental advocates, is that these budget riders also are being used to fly politically unpopular amendments in under the radar, even when they have little to do with spending.


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Geothermal projects grow in 2009

April 16th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Solar and wind dominate the clean energy headlines, but the nascent geothermal industry also continues to grow. The U.S. geothermal power sector reported a 26 percent growth in new projects in 2009.

In its April 2010 report, the US Geothermal Power Production and Development Update listed 188 projects underway in 15 states.

The Leathers Geothermal Plant in Calipatria, Calif. (Photo: DOE)

The Leathers Geothermal Plant in Calipatria, Calif. (Photo: DOE)


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2009: The Year in Wolves

January 5th, 2010

Howlsnow (Photo: Wikimedia)

(The following was originally posted Dec. 30, 2009 in the NRDC Switchboard blog, under Saving Wildlife and Wild Places)

2009: The Year in Wolves

By Matt Skoglund

2009 was a dismal, tragic year for Northern Rockies wolves. They lost all protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), were hunted for the first time in Montana and Idaho (and continue to be hunted in Idaho), and were killed by various causes in record numbers. In all, almost one third — one third! — of the Northern Rockies wolf population was killed in 2009.


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Wolves under fire; Idaho hunter called ‘wolf murderer’

September 3rd, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

At least three of Idaho’s wolves have been killed as hunting commenced this week under the first authorized sport wolf hunt in the lower 48 states.

But while the hunt has attracted sportspeople, it has repelled others. A Lewiston-area man who killed the first wolf on opening day told the local media that he has received numerous calls of protest.

Robert Millage, a real estate agent, says he’s been called a “wolf murderer, a fat redneck and other names” in some 50 phone calls and hundreds of e-mails, according to the Lewiston Tribune. (To see a picture of the young wolf Millage killed view the story on Lewiston’s KLEW-TV.)


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US Rocky Mountain wolves to be hunted; conservationists protest

August 25th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It would almost be easier to spot a Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf than to follow the legal wrangling around these once-endangered, recently delisted and soon-to-be-hunted predators.

A quick recap: After a few years of back and forth with environmentalists who argued that the wolves needed continued federal protection, the Bush Administration delisted the animals – took them off the Endangered Species List – in 2008. Enviros sued and a federal court agreed that delisting was premature and that the 1,500 or so wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming were not at sustainable levels. The wolves were restored to endangered status.


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Gray wolves may be spared in Northern Rockies

September 18th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

Gray wolves, all but de-listed from the Endangered Species Act protections through a series of government steps this year, have won a reprieve. According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official, the government will be withdrawing its declaration that the animals are fully recovered.

The move, reported by the Associated Press and various conservation groups, follows a federal court decision this summer that sided with environmentalists arguing that the wolves need continued protections.


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