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What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
New research suggests that the introduced wild donkeys may benefit native species, but the National Park Service wants to remove them.
BLM head: ‘What I thought, what I wrote, what I did in the past is irrelevant.’
BLM head: ‘What I thought, what I wrote, what I did in the past is irrelevant.’
Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley won’t answer questions about his history of climate denial or denigrating immigrants at environmental journalism conference.
Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals
Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals
A new study of seals and porpoises in the Salish Sea shows how antibiotic-resistant bacteria proliferate in coastal waterways.
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Sea ice is retreating, skies are choked with wildfire smoke, and fish are vanishing.
Gunnison sage grouse are vulnerable to climate chaos
Gunnison sage grouse are vulnerable to climate chaos
The dancing birds are especially susceptible to changing weather patterns, which is bad news going forward.
There’s nuance behind the recent bird decline study
There’s nuance behind the recent bird decline study
The journal Science documented an estimated total loss of 2.9 billion birds. But is that the whole picture?
A remote island sees just a third of its pelicans return for breeding season
A remote island sees just a third of its pelicans return for breeding season
Low Great Salt Lake levels mean coyotes can get onto the island.
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Aurelia Skipwith has ties to water interests fighting endangered species protection and worked for ag giant Monsanto.
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
Is the value of data worth the death of individual animals?
Tinder meets tremors as Western tarantulas look for love
Tinder meets tremors as Western tarantulas look for love
Males will travel in numbers, dance hypnotically and get eaten during their annual hunt to mate.
A quick guide to threatened terrestrial and freshwater species in your state
A quick guide to threatened terrestrial and freshwater species in your state
New rules would weaken protections for plants and animals listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Falling bears; border wall delights; lightning strikes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Hiking trails are a path to destruction for Colorado elk
Hiking trails are a path to destruction for Colorado elk
Recreationalists in Vail are having a devastating impact on the local herd.
Bobcats persevere despite human encroachment
Bobcats persevere despite human encroachment
In the face of hunting pressure and loss of habitat, bobcats prove themselves resilient — and aren’t above raising their young in rural backyards.
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.
New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections
New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections
The new implementation guidelines relax habitat protections and favor development.
‘Cyanide bombs’ use reauthorized to kill wild animals
‘Cyanide bombs’ use reauthorized to kill wild animals
The traps have caused unintentional deaths, but Wildlife Services can continue to employ them to protect livestock and farm crops.
Outdoor underachievers; mission massage; photo nots
Outdoor underachievers; mission massage; photo nots
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Hunters and anglers struggle for public access to Colorado’s state trust lands
Hunters and anglers struggle for public access to Colorado’s state trust lands
Compared to its neighbors, the state limits public recreation, but that is changing.
Mountain goat eradication is a high-flying balancing act in Olympic National Park
Mountain goat eradication is a high-flying balancing act in Olympic National Park
In an effort to protect visitors and rare plants, the park is relocating the hoofed invaders.
Roadless rule rollback would threaten Utah’s at-risk plants and animals
Roadless rule rollback would threaten Utah’s at-risk plants and animals
More than 100 species rely on habitat away from roads and development, according to a new study.
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
A fight over wolf management in Alaska shows how lawmakers can undermine citizen-led initiatives.
Can wolf reintroduction help stave off chronic wasting disease?
Can wolf reintroduction help stave off chronic wasting disease?
Proponents of Colorado’s initiative to reintroduce the predators suggest they could bolster herds against the disease.
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