Tag Archives: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Poacher Fails in Appeal

POACHING173- year old convicted poacher and former outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, of Meeker, learned on Tuesday that his appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has failed, affirming the 41-month prison sentence and fines he received in early 2013 for illegally baiting deer and elk with salt. According to Colorado Parks and Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Offer Grants for Grouse Preservation

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced about $828,000 in grants to preserve habitat for dwindling species including the greater sage grouse and Gunnison sage grouse in Washington state and Colorado. The grants announced Thursday were among $37.2 million for 44 projects to help endangered or threatened species Continue reading

Sue and Settle Strategy to be Discussed

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEWestern Energy Alliance will testify before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversite at a hearing on the Continue reading

Wildlife Officials Confirm Animal Killed Near Kremmling was Gray Wolf

gray-wolfWildlife officials say a coyote-like animal killed near Kremmling was a gray wolf. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that DNA tests were used to confirm the species. A legal coyote hunter shot the animal April 29th and immediately notified state wildlife officials. Continue reading

BLM Plan to Keep Sage Grouse Off ESL Expected Tomorrow

sage_grouse-300The Bureau of Land Management will release their plan to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the Endangered Species List tomorrow. The BLM has been working on the plan, and was supposed to be working with local and state agencies in coming up with that plan. However, those agencies have said the BLM had no interest in their input, and Continue reading

Wildlife Officials Testing Shot Animal to Determine Whether Wolf or Coyote

us-fish-wildlife-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting DNA tests on an animal shot by a coyote hunter near Kremmling to determine if the animal is a gray wolf. The hunter thought the animal was a coyote. After shooting the animal he realized it looked like a wolf and turned it over to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Grey wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Colorado is Continue reading

Routt County Businesses Voice Opinions on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300The business community has started lobbying Governor John Hickenlooper to do what he can to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the Endangered Species List. A letter asking as much was had delivered to the governor last week. It was reportedly signed by 17 Routt County businesses, and underscored the importance of Continue reading

Gardner Throws Support Behind REINS Act

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner announced that he is co-sponsoring the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act. The act would restore significant power to the legislative branch with regard to rulemaking by requiring Congressional approval of all major rules and regulations proposed by the executive branch. Major Continue reading

Environmentalists Sue for Stronger Designation of Gunnison Grouse

sage_grouse-300Two environmentalist groups filed suit yesterday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah, reaching that legal step ahead of state officials who counter the federal government already has gone too far. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Needs Better Science for Sage Grouse Decision

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking Indian tribes, government agencies and others to submit information about conservation efforts for the greater sage grouse. The service said Monday it needs the best data possible to make a decision on whether the bird warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Congress has Continue reading

Spending Bill May Not Protect Western States against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300Federal officials say Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a bird found in Colorado and Utah. A spending bill approved by Congress last week blocks any money for a final rule to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But the final rule was issued before the bill passed. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain, Continue reading

State Officials Preparing for Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Colorado officials are preparing a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s decision to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. The Attorney General’s Office notified the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday that the state planned to sue. The state says that in listing the bird as threatened, the Fish and Continue reading