As the gray wolf expands its territory in the northwest, controversies over the species between ranchers, wildlife agencies, and proponents of the species are also spreading to previously unaffected areas.
Owing to the nature of Washington’s wolf management plan, which calls for dispersal throughout the state before Endangered Species Act restrictions can be lifted, Rep. Joel Kretz introduced a bill last month calling for the transplantation of wolves into the western portion of the state.
A series of grazing cutbacks announced on Jan. 28 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) left ranchers in southwestern Idaho’s Owyhee County reeling, and county officials worrying about the region’s economic future.
An ongoing battle underway in Washington is pitting landowners and ranchers against the state Department of Ecology (DOE), Washington’s primary water regulatory agency, over the agency’s claimed authority to force the fencing of stream banks on private property to exclude livestock.
A recently developed international committee designed to measure and assess the environmental impacts of the livestock industry worldwide has announced its election of California Animal Science professor Frank Mitloehner as its first chairman. The committee is a project of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The apparently very poor condition of a shipment of U.S. cattle bound for Russian dairy farms has officials in that country considering a ban on the importation of U.S. cattle that arrive via oceangoing vessels. In a statement issued Sept.
The Idaho Wool Growers Association (IWGA), along with individual ranchers in that state, has filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The claim disputes a 2010 decision by officials in Idaho’s Payette National Forest (PNF) to cut sheep grazing allotments on the forest by roughly 70 percent.
The ongoing legal battle between a Washington rancher and that state’s water regulatory agency is now headed to the state Supreme Court in a case that may profoundly affect the level of authority wielded by such agencies, potentially throughout the west.
Two massive fires raging for more than a week in the sagebrush ranges of southeast Oregon are finally being brought to heel, according to officials at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). However, restoring the damaged ranges, say officials, may take years.
In a ruling issued June 13, Boise-based U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill determined that a three-year phase out of sheep grazing on Idaho’s Payette National Forest (PNF) will continue this year, overturning an earlier decision by USDA’s Forest Service to delay the process for at least another year.
An outbreak of trichomoniasis in central Montana has producers, local veterinarians, and officials with the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) working rapidly to contain the disease and lessen the impact to area ranchers.
Ranchers grazing Oregon’s Malheur National Forest (MNF) may see a reduction in grazing restrictions and early removals this season resulting from a long awaited biological bi-op (biop) issued earlier this month by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
A bill that would have allowed Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials the legal latitude necessary to control problem wolves failed to make it to the Senate floor prior to the March 5 adjournment of their most recent session,...
Under a plan implemented in 2010, officials on the Payette National Forest (PNF) in central Idaho proposed to reduce sheep grazing on the forest, abandoning entire allotments, in an effort to protect resident populations of bighorn sheep.
Recent changes to the design of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility (NBAF) currently under construction on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS, reduce the risk of an accidental pathogen release to near zero, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assessment released March 2.
Following a month´s long sojourn across Oregon, the wolf designated OR-7 by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials has become the first verified member of the species to enter California in nearly 90 years.
In a 6-3 decision issued didn’t change anything,” she Dec. 22, the Washington says. “It wasn’t necessarily State Supreme Court ruled that state law does not limit the amount of groundwater that may be drawn for livestock watering purposes within state boundaries.
The killing of two cows by wolves along northeast Oregon’s Imnaha River last week brings the official count of wolf related livestock deaths in Wallowa County to 20 head since March of last year, and is the sixth such event following the issuance of...