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  • Some lessons about coyotes stick in your mind

    The government agencies that use M-44s to kill coyotes claim that the cyanide causes a quick and painless death, but a rancher’s experience indicates that the truth is tragically different.

  • Our public lands should reflect white, black and brown

    Wayne Hare, a black park ranger, talks about the importance of diversity for the future of the West.

  • Our coyote war in the West reminds me of the war in Iraq

    The writer compares a new proposal to allow aerial gunning of coyotes in wilderness to the war in Iraq

  • Public lands “crown jewels” languish for lack of funding

    The BLM's National Landscape Conservation System will lose ground under President Bush’s proposed 2008 budget, which slashes funds by $8.56 million.

  • Preble’s mouse protection jumps to Colorado

    Proposal would strip rare rodent of protection in Wyoming

  • Can the Preble's mouse trap growth on Colorado's Front Range?

    The tiny Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which was recently listed as threatened, prefers the same habitat as developers do, along Colorado's rapidly urbanizing Front Range.

  • The city mouse

    Some facts about the threatened Preble's meadow jumping mouse are listed.

  • Tribal religion trumps eagle protection

    A recent court ruling on the ceremonial killing of eagles by American Indians collides with the Endangered Species Act, possibly sending the issue to the Supreme Court

  • The anatomy of an energy lease

    The BLM’s decision to lease land for energy exploration in the watersheds of Grand Junction and Palisade, Colo., reveals the way oil and gas leasing works

  • A few scientific definitions

    Terms commonly used in endangered species discussions – species, subspecies and distinct population segment – are explained

  • Is It or Isn’t It (Just Another Mouse)?

    As scientists clash over the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse's biological categorization, the complexity of endangered species science steps into the light

  • Mass wolf kill rests on shaky science

    Idaho’s Fish and Game Department wants to boost dwindling elk numbers by killing wolves in the Lolo management zone

  • Norton eases road claims

    Outgoing Interior Secretary Gale Norton has opened the door for counties and states to claim control of roads crossing federal lands

  • Valle Vidal Coalition gathers momentum

    As drill rigs get closer to New Mexico’s Valle Vidal, the coalition seeking to protect the area is attracting more support

  • Citizens unite against gas field chaos

    In western Colorado, the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance is trying to work with industry to set protections for landowners before more drilling gets under way

  • Dam removal considered for Klamath

    Farmers, environmentalists, fishermen and tribes are talking with PacifiCorp officials about the possible removal of four dams on the Klamath River

  • The Latest Bounce

    Sens. Max Baucus and Ron Wyden want to raise money for rural schools by closing tax loopholes; Yates Petroleum won’t drill in Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge; Montana wants to keep Wyoming’s coalbed methane from harming rivers’ water quality

  • The War on Wildfire

    President Bush says the Healthy Forests Restoration Act and Initiative were needed to fight wildfire, but several years into the new rules, critics question whether the changes they brought were helpful or even necessary

  • The Latest Bounce

    Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys resigns; Phoenix finally gets some rain, but drought continues; Bonneville Power Administration must keep the Fish Passage Center open; Forest Service looks to outsource more jobs

  • Poison in the Wind

    As suburban neighborhoods sprawl into California’s agricultural land, residents are faced with pesticide drift and other problems

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