Department of Fish and Wildlife http://www.kplu.org en For First Time In 20 Years, Wenatchee River Open For Spring Chinook Fishing http://www.kplu.org/post/first-time-20-years-wenatchee-river-open-spring-chinook-fishing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153556109&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For the first time in 20 years, the Wenatchee River in eastern Washington has opened for spring Chinook salmon fishing.</p><p>Wildlife officials say it’s a sign of successful management of the hatcheries program.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:18:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17033 at http://www.kplu.org For First Time In 20 Years, Wenatchee River Open For Spring Chinook Fishing State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake http://www.kplu.org/post/state-officials-seize-cold-snap-freeze-out-invasive-snails-capitol-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cold snap might be an effective tool for fish and wildlife managers trying to stop the spread of a tiny invasive species.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capitol Lake in Olympia is serving as a testing ground for freezing out New Zealand mud snails.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:06:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11753 at http://www.kplu.org State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake Bladderpod Endangered Listing Stirs Up Questions from Farmers http://www.kplu.org/post/bladderpod-endangered-listing-stirs-questions-farmers <p>A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to the White Bluffs bladderpod, a rare plant that grows on a narrow ribbon of federal land and farms.</p><p>A farmer group is using genetic tests to claim that the plant is not as rare as it seems.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:53:30 +0000 Anna King 9407 at http://www.kplu.org Bladderpod Endangered Listing Stirs Up Questions from Farmers New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog http://www.kplu.org/post/new-environmental-group-serve-puget-sound-watchdog <p>With its eelgrass beds and rocky beaches, Puget Sound’s shoreline is frequented by hundreds of species of fish and other creatures. State and federal agencies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on its <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php">restoration</a>.</p><p>But Amy Carey, Executive Director of a new group called <a href="http://soundaction.org/#!/puget-sound-on-the-brink">Sound Action</a>, says the marine ecosystems that support sensitive species are still declining.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:01:06 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8390 at http://www.kplu.org New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog Authorities seek tougher penalties for false labeling of fish http://www.kplu.org/post/authorities-seek-tougher-penalties-false-labeling-fish <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/012213TB_FalseLabel_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a> <P>OLYMPIA, Wash. - When you order that special filet at a restaurant or store, you're often going on trust that the fish actually is what the menu or label says it is. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:49:00 +0000 Tom Banse 7625 at http://www.kplu.org Authorities seek tougher penalties for false labeling of fish 5 Washington critters among species group would have feds protect http://www.kplu.org/post/5-washington-critters-among-species-group-would-have-feds-protect <p>They&rsquo;re slimy and cold-blooded.</p><p>But conservationists say amphibians and reptiles are important indicator species &ndash; and some of the most endangered.</p><p>Five of these sensitive creatures that call Washington home are among more than 50 included in a <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/amphibians-and-reptiles-07-11-2012.html">petition for federal protection.</a> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:56:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5572 at http://www.kplu.org 5 Washington critters among species group would have feds protect 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 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 Pygmy rabbits face possible last stand in the state http://www.kplu.org/post/pygmy-rabbits-face-possible-last-stand-state <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968530.mp3</p><p>In north central Washington, scientists are trying once again to reintroduce a tiny endangered rabbit species into a big, predator-ridden landscape. Next week, scientists plan to release about 100 young pygmy rabbits, each one the size of a tennis ball. Thu, 12 May 2011 21:45:42 +0000 Anna King 1591 at http://www.kplu.org Pygmy rabbits face possible last stand in the state Environmentalists fear wolf rider would open pandora's box http://www.kplu.org/post/environmentalists-fear-wolf-rider-would-open-pandoras-box <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963392.mp3</p><p>Environmental groups say a provision in the compromise budget deal in Congress sets a dangerous precedent for endangered species. Congress expects to vote on the bill today. It includes an amendment to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:50:15 +0000 Jessica Robinson & KPLU News Staff 1209 at http://www.kplu.org Environmentalists fear wolf rider would open pandora's box Rural gangs claim public lands http://www.kplu.org/post/rural-gangs-claim-public-lands <p><em>This week we&#39;re taking a look at what police say is a resurgence of gang activity - especially in rural areas. In part one of our series &ldquo;Living In Gangland,&quot; we go on patrol with a Washington Fish and Wildlife cop.&nbsp;</em></p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962448.mp3</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 17:37:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 1171 at http://www.kplu.org Rural gangs claim public lands Washington poised to get tougher with shellfish operators http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-poised-get-tougher-shellfish-operators <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955155.mp3</p><p><i>This story has been updated to correct the dollar amount the state believes to have been poached. </i></p><p>Last summer, we brought you a story about gaps in the system that&#39;s supposed to keep Washington shellfish safe to eat. Now state lawmakers appear ready to get tougher with shellfish operators who violate food safety laws.</p><p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:48:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 902 at http://www.kplu.org Washington poised to get tougher with shellfish operators