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PHOTO: Native American tribal members and volunteers have been walking from Portland, Ore., to Idaho to show support for wolves as part of their cultural heritage and a healthy ecosystem. Photo provided by Mato Woksape

BOISE, Idaho - They call themselves 'wolf walkers.' Native Americans and volunteers left Portland, Oregon, on foot earlier this month, headed for Idaho to show support for wolves. Mato Woksape, a Lakota, organized the walk. He says they are praying for wolves and restoration of healthy ecosystems al ...Read More

PHOTO: This tiny sturgeon fry could grow up to be 5 to 6 feet in length, and can live for 70 years or more. This weekend's Columbia River Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver, Wash. pays tribute to this prehistoric fish species. Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon get the lion's share of attention in the Pacific Northwest, but a festival this weekend in Vancouver calls attention to another fascinating fish species. The sturgeon may not be considered beautiful or iconic, but like salmon, it also requires careful management by ...Read More

PHOTO: A program is expanding that helps rescue pets from domestic-violence situations in New Mexico, thanks to increased state funding. Photo credit: Minneapolis Animal Care and Control.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A program is expanding in New Mexico that rescues pets from domestic-violence situations while the human victims are being cared for. The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence operates the "Companion Animal Rescue Effort" (CARE) in partnership with Animal Protection of New ...Read More

PHOTO: Skies over Zion National Park and other National Parks around the nation should remain clear of aerial drones, now that the National Park Service has banned their use. Photo credit: Robert Nieter.

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - The National Park Service's ban on aerial drones being used inside National Parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June, but gave park superintendents two months to implement the po ...Read More

PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Todd County pig farm, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of the United States, the p ...Read More

PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus ...Read More

PHOTO: Over 500,000 acres of public land in several western states could receive protections from the federal government for the yellow-billed cuckoo, which is also being considered for endangered species designation. Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

TUCSON, Ariz. - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in Arizona and several other western states that the yellow-billed cuckoo bird calls home. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate over 500,000 acres as critical habitat fo ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the wolverine will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. About 300 animals exist in the United States, mainly in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - A decision on whether wolverines should be considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act took 14 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the animals are not imperiled, citing uncertainty about the ecology of the wolverine. Wolverines are found mainly in ar ...Read More

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