endangered species http://www.kplu.org en Feds Delay Controversial Decision on Pocket Gopher Protection http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-delay-controversial-decision-pocket-gopher-protection <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is postponing a controversial decision on whether to list the Mazama pocket gopher as a threatened species in the South Puget Sound area.</p><p>Washington State manager Ken Berg says his agency wants six additional months to consider input from upset landowners and affected counties. Berg says farmers and ranchers in Thurston County claim there are more pocket gophers than the government realizes and that they can co-exist with human activity.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:42:46 +0000 Tom Banse 9835 at http://www.kplu.org Feds Delay Controversial Decision on Pocket Gopher Protection Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-orcas-remain-protected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The charismatic black and white killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act.</p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has rejected a call to de-list resident orcas.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:06:12 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9510 at http://www.kplu.org Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected Mazama pocket gopher slated to join endangered species list http://www.kplu.org/post/mazama-pocket-gopher-slated-join-endangered-species-list <p>The Northwest may have another species listed as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed listing the Mazama pocket gopher as threatened in the South Puget Sound region of western Washington.</p><p>This is the third time this fall the government has moved to protect a critter that depends on dwindling Northwest prairies or coastal grasslands. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Olympia.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:45:10 +0000 Tom Banse 7330 at http://www.kplu.org Mazama pocket gopher slated to join endangered species list One month left for comments on spotted owl recovery plan http://www.kplu.org/post/one-month-left-comments-spotted-owl-recovery-plan <p>One of the northwest’s most controversial birds is still ruffling feathers. The elusive spotted owl was at the heart of the timber wars here <a href="http://www.reo.gov/training/historic01.htm">in the 1990s</a>.&nbsp;Some scientists are criticizing the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/">US Fish and Wildlife Service</a>’s plan to log some of the bird’s habitat.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:52:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6664 at http://www.kplu.org Rare pygmy rabbits reproducing in Washington sagebrush http://www.kplu.org/post/rare-pygmy-rabbits-reproducing-washington-sagebrush <p>EPHRATA, Wash. &mdash; Biologists went to check on endangered pygmy rabbits in a remote area of Columbia Basin sagebrush near Ephrata and found they&#39;ve been reproducing like rabbits.</p><p>State Fish and Wildlife biologists <a href="http://is.gd/0lxQzg0">told The Wenatchee World</a> they 80 baby pygmy rabbits they found last week in the Sage Brush Flat Wildlife Area is more than they expected.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 20:18:14 +0000 The Associated Press 5080 at http://www.kplu.org Rare pygmy rabbits reproducing in Washington sagebrush Environmentalists challenge logging plans over threatened murrelet http://www.kplu.org/post/environmentalists-challenge-logging-plans-over-threatened-murrelet <p>Three environmental groups intend to take Oregon&#39;s Department of Forestry to court over the effect logging has on a threatened seabird.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:57:01 +0000 Rob Manning 3845 at http://www.kplu.org Endangered pygmy rabbits finally breed like ... bunnies http://www.kplu.org/post/endangered-pygmy-rabbits-finally-breed-bunnies <p>Biologists say the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is breeding for the first time in a decade in its native habitat.</p><p>Wildlife managers are re-introducing the tiny rabbit on a wildlife reserve near Ephrata in Central Washington. They&#39;ve confirmed several litters in a six-acre enclosure there.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:53:03 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2163 at http://www.kplu.org Endangered pygmy rabbits finally breed like ... bunnies Inbreeding is new concern for Puget Sound orcas http://www.kplu.org/post/inbreeding-new-concern-puget-sound-orcas <p>Scientists have a new concern about the killer whales that spend their summer in the Puget Sound. The orcas have been breeding within their own family groups, which may mean the population is more fragile than scientists thought.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:15:04 +0000 The Associated Press 2141 at http://www.kplu.org Inbreeding is new concern for Puget Sound orcas As Idaho plans wolf hunt without quotas, new pack confirmed in Cascades http://www.kplu.org/post/idaho-plans-wolf-hunt-without-quotas-new-pack-confirmed-cascades <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976313.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976313.mp3</a></p><p>The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is developing a proposal that could make this year&#39;s wolf hunting season even more controversial. It would allow wolf hunting in most parts of Idaho without a cap on the total number of wolves being killed. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, that news from Idaho comes on the same day Washington announces some new wolf numbers of its own.</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 15:51:10 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2023 at http://www.kplu.org As Idaho plans wolf hunt without quotas, new pack confirmed in Cascades Photo confirms grizzly in Washington's N. Cascades http://www.kplu.org/post/photo-confirms-grizzly-washingtons-n-cascades <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a hiker&#39;s photo confirms a sighting of a grizzly bear in Washington state&#39;s North Cascades for the first time in perhaps half a century.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 22:00:19 +0000 The Associated Press 2003 at http://www.kplu.org Photo confirms grizzly in Washington's N. Cascades Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments http://www.kplu.org/post/update-shooting-spotted-owls-rival-wont-work-expert-laments <p>A new plan released yesterday for saving the northern spotted owl is taking aim &ndash; maybe literally &ndash; at a rival bird.</p><p>Federal agency leaders said Thursday the spotted owl is losing out to a bigger, more aggressive invader from the eastern United States, the barred owl.</p><p>However, one biologist whose research led to the listing of the spotted owl believes shooting and other measures to control the barred owl are too little too late.&nbsp; Because, he lamented, the spotted owl&#39;s population has shrunk over the last 15 years in spite of conservation efforts. (Interactive map inside)</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:40:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 1992 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Shooting spotted owl's rival won't work, expert laments Point Defiance Zoo welcomes more red wolves http://www.kplu.org/post/point-defiance-zoo-welcomes-more-red-wolves <p>The population of the <a href="http://www.pdza.org/page.php?id=294">Red Wolf Woods</a> exhibit at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium just tripled in size. A new pair of wolves has arrived from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.</p><p>The wolves, Wilson and Havana, are a non-breeding pair. They&#39;re on display in an area separate from the exhibit&#39;s other resident, Graham.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:30:52 +0000 Dave Meyer 1991 at http://www.kplu.org Point Defiance Zoo welcomes more red wolves Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another http://www.kplu.org/post/spotted-owl-recovery-plan-pits-one-species-against-another <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-975649.mp3</p><p>It&rsquo;s an icon of the northwest.</p><p>With its muted brown feathers and dark eyes, <a href="http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/WhatWeDo/Conservation/UrbanLivability/ForestHealth/NorthernSpottedOwl.aspx">the northern spotted owl</a> doesn&rsquo;t look all that impressive. But scientists say its survival indicates the health of the entire forest ecosystem. That&rsquo;s why conservationists want the government to protect more of the old-growth habitat spotted owls prefer.</p><p>But a recovery plan for the owl due for release this morning is ruffing feathers.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:00:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1983 at http://www.kplu.org Spotted owl recovery plan pits one species against another Zoo releases new video of clouded leopard cubs http://www.kplu.org/post/zoo-releases-new-video-clouded-leopard-cubs <p>Just a day away from public viewing, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has released a new photo (above) and a new video of the newborn clouded leopard cubs.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:58:23 +0000 Jake Ellison 1948 at http://www.kplu.org Zoo releases new video of clouded leopard cubs Critics of Washington plan want number of wolves capped http://www.kplu.org/post/critics-washington-plan-want-number-wolves-capped <p>Cattlemen and hunting groups contend a proposed plan for managing and restoring gray wolves in Washington state allows for too many wolves.</p><p>A 17-member citizen advisory group has been meeting for nearly five years about how best to recover wolves in their historic territory while reducing and managing wolf-livestock conflicts.</p><p>Jack Field of the Washington Cattlemen Association says the number of wolves overall should be capped.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:16:09 +0000 The Associated Press 1829 at http://www.kplu.org