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Bull Trout Lawsuit Targeting Columbia Basin Dams Dismissed
BOISE (AP) — A federal lawsuit by an environmental group seeking to force federal agencies to analyze whether about two dozen dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez in a ruling last week said federal agencies took action after the lawsuit was filed in July that met demands sought by the Alliance f
Plan Offers 4 Options for Restoring Grizzlies to Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state, but few have been sighted in recent decades. Federal officials want to restore the population and released a draft plan Thursday with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture bears from other locations and relocate them to the state...
Federal Hatchery Violating Clean-water Laws
RICHLAND (AP) — A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is violating federal clean-water laws by discharging pollutants from its hatchery near Leavenworth without a required permit. U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr...
Rare Weasel-like Mammal Makes a Comeback in Washington State
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Pacific fishers have declined on the West Coast over the decades, but the forest-dwelling, weasel-like mammals are slowly making a comeback in Washington state. Officials released 10 Pacific fishers into the forest of Mount Rainier National Park on Friday as part of a multiyear effort to restore them to their historic range...
Feds Eye Central Idaho Forest Road Use Following Lawsuit
BOISE (AP) — Federal officials are reconsidering how roads and motorized trails in a portion of the Sawtooth National Forest could harm threatened bull trout following a lawsuit by an environmental group. As a result, a federal judge on Wednesday put the lawsuit by WildEarth Guardians on hold until Feb...
Groups Sue Seeking Protection for Forest-dwelling Fisher
SEATTLE (AP) — Four conservation groups have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not listing the Pacific fisher, a small, weasel-like predator, as a threatened species. The lawsuit alleges the agency failed to consider the best scientific evidence when it decided not to provide the fisher protections under the Endangered Species Act...
Bull Trout Lawsuit Targets 26 Dams in Columbia River Basin
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit contending that 26 dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout and violating the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit filed by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies on Monday in Portland, Oregon, names the U...
Process Starts for Columbia River Basin Fishing Agreement
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are working on a plan aimed at deciding how much sport, commercial and tribal fishing for salmon and steelhead will be allowed in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The joint environmental impact statement being prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U...

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