Endangered Species

Can big data help save endangered species?
Can big data help save endangered species?
A new tool could improve rare species recovery — or justify letting some species perish.
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
In an age of extinction, a sunny, endangered flower serves as a beacon of arid lands.
Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat
Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat
Federal court rejects Interior’s ‘intentional decision’ to limit public comment.
We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
The bear is a huge conservation success story, and it shows that the Endangered Species Act works.
Why is logging dying? Blame the market.
Why is logging dying? Blame the market.
Environmental regulations and endangered species protections are not at fault for Western logging’s decline.
The tenuous fate of the Southwest’s last jaguars
The tenuous fate of the Southwest’s last jaguars
U.S. conservation of the endangered big cats depends on their populations in Mexico.
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
In May, a judge struck down a fifth plan — and demanded a new approach.
As delisting looms, grizzly advocates prepare for a final face-off
As delisting looms, grizzly advocates prepare for a final face-off
The Yellowstone grizzly population is poised to lose its endangered status, leaving protection in the hands of the states.
Past and present fauna
Past and present fauna
Writers bear witness to the “Age of Loneliness,” in the midst of a mass extinction.
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
The move will protect species at risk from climate change and invasive fish in new habitats.
Latest: Court orders reconsideration of whether to list wolverines
Latest: Court orders reconsideration of whether to list wolverines
Some say state opposition stymied efforts to provide the species federal protection.
Science trumps politics for wolverines
Science trumps politics for wolverines
A court ruling may force wolverines onto the endangered species list, and open the door for other animals threatened by climate change.
In bison recovery, scientists start small
In bison recovery, scientists start small
A new approach to bison conservation focuses on many small herds on a patchwork of public and private land.
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
The plan could eventually include regulated hunting of the bears.
Does conserving species actually curb development?
Does conserving species actually curb development?
A new study suggests ESA doesn’t stop economic growth, but the devil’s in the details.
Interactive timeline: Fish & Wildlife Service proposes to delist Yellowstone grizzly
Interactive timeline: Fish & Wildlife Service proposes to delist Yellowstone grizzly
Decision marks the second time the grizzly has faced loss of federal protection.
Don't delist: Yellowstone grizzlies still need federal protection
Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding
Fishers recolonize Washington, part of a Northwest rewilding
The forest carnivore’s return was helped by human intervention.
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Attorneys general sue the federal government, despite state governors’ objections.
Oregon delists wolves, but protections remain
Oregon delists wolves, but protections remain
As in Washington, reactions to the predator reflect deep east-west divides in the state.
BLM mulls energy development in sage grouse habitat
BLM mulls energy development in sage grouse habitat
Feds may restrict hardrock mining and put oil and gas leases on auction block.
Washington welcomes wolves back — across deep political divides
Washington welcomes wolves back — across deep political divides
The state’s emphasis on non-lethal control is saving livestock and wolves, but rural residents are still leery.
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
The Wilderness Act has complicated efforts to protect the rare California wildflower.
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