Wildlife

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.
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Sheep grazing in the state’s largest wilderness area could endanger a dwindling bighorn sheep herd.
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
A powerful governing board gives agricultural interests the loudest voice.
Photos: The elusive & iconic American mountain goat
Photos: The elusive & iconic American mountain goat
A biologist documents the natural history and lives of the North American quadrupeds.
How beavers make the desert bloom
How beavers make the desert bloom
‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’
We should all be more like ‘the bluebird man’
We should all be more like ‘the bluebird man’
Meet Al Larsen, a citizen scientist with decades of meticulous records of the West’s bluebirds.
Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers
Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers
Will our citizens muster the political will needed to save killer whales and the chinook that sustain them?
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
Access to public lands has caused St. George to become one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country.
Flying fish; grizzly bear hunts; cougar telepathy
Flying fish; grizzly bear hunts; cougar telepathy
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Conservationists give assisted migration a second look
Conservationists give assisted migration a second look
The West’s climate is changing too quickly for some species to keep up. Should people intervene?
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Population growth isn’t the problem. Look to the American lifestyle and economy instead.
The long, strange trip of Deer 255
The long, strange trip of Deer 255
The 242-mile migration underscores the need to protect wide tracts of land that sustain migrating wildlife.
Mixed-ancestry wolves are recolonizing the Pacific Northwest
Mixed-ancestry wolves are recolonizing the Pacific Northwest
Their combination of coastal and inland DNA could help them survive a changing climate.
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Latest: The Forest Service’s use of fire retardant has doubled since 2014
Despite environmental harms, the agency continues to rely on aerial drops to battle blazes.
After the mountain yellow-legged frog disappeared
After the mountain yellow-legged frog disappeared
A wildlife biologist returns to a childhood stomping ground, devoid of its once-plentiful amphibians.
Fleeing wolves; coal and water; California crash
Fleeing wolves; coal and water; California crash
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
A bird’s eye view of wildfire
A bird’s eye view of wildfire
Ecologically important blazes are a crucial part of Western landscapes.
Hunters and anglers need to get the lead out
Hunters and anglers need to get the lead out
Lead ammunition and fishing gear poison ecosystems — and dinner tables.
Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act
Most Americans support the Endangered Species Act
It’s politicians — not citizens — who want to gut protections for threatened species.
When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?
When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?
A program to reimburse Oregon ranchers for livestock killed by wolves is in trouble.
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