SPECIES - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SPECIES News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Stewart’s statements encouraging, but worries remain http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406837-82/species-stewart-extinct-green.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406837-82/species-stewart-extinct-green.html.csp">Letter: Stewart’s statements encouraging, but worries remain</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T17:30:02.135-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 05:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rep. Chris Stewart is a prominent spokesman for my party. As a green elephant (environmentally conscientious Republican), I appreciate his comment, “None of us wants to see a species go extinct.” I hope this sentiment will become one people automatically associate with the GOP. But I worry about his ability to be successful if he does not understand his opposition. I would encourage him to try to understand those who disagree with his position, if for no other reason to be able to more effec...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58406837@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:30:02 MDT Iron County to feds: Count every prairie dog http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58393712-90/prairie-species-dog-county.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58393712-90/prairie-species-dog-county.html.csp">Iron County to feds: Count every prairie dog</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T21:55:16.577-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Parts of Iron County seem to teem with a rare, but pesky rodent that has been under federal protection since 1973. The Utah prairie dog burrows into cemeteries and eats funeral flowers, damages airport runways and perforates fields with holes that wreck agricultural equipment, local officials say. And worse, federal protection measures for the prairie dog and other listed species undermine human communities, while environmental groups enrich themselves suing federal agencies, according to test...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58393712@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:55:16 MDT Utah ranchers ask trust not to sell land for prairie dogs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58378064-78/prairie-sitla-dog-dogs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58378064-78/prairie-sitla-dog-dogs.html.csp">Utah ranchers ask trust not to sell land for prairie dogs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T10:36:34.511-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 10:36AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A proposal to expand a prairie dog sanctuary on state trust lands in Wayne County could ensure survival of the rodent and increase Utah’s permanent school fund by $1 million dollars, according to its proponents. But ranchers and Wayne County leaders want the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) board to reject the proposed sale of 800 acres to The Nature Conservancy, claiming it would increase federal influence in a county already saddled with public lands. And settin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58378064@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:36:34 MDT Federal proposal to protect wolverines withdrawn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58289362-78/wildlife-wolverine-decision-wolverines.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58289362-78/wildlife-wolverine-decision-wolverines.html.csp">Federal proposal to protect wolverines withdrawn</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T21:09:49.513-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 09:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Climate change may be impacting wolverines in North America, but federal officials have decided that’s not enough to warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announced Tuesday that his agency was withdrawing its proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species. But he added the agency is not ignoring the real threat of climate change to North American wildlife. “We consider climate change among the most significa...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58289362@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:09:49 MDT Reduced endangered bluefin tuna catch suggested http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58373679-79/catch-bluefin-tuna-fisheries.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58373679-79/catch-bluefin-tuna-fisheries.html.csp">Reduced endangered bluefin tuna catch suggested</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ELAINE KURTENBACH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-04T09:56:02.294-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 09:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tokyo • The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has recommended cutting the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004, a move that conservationists say is only an initial step toward saving the endangered species. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission announced the decision Thursday following an annual meeting in Fukuoka, a city in western Japan. The commission, a grouping of more than 20 nations that monitors the west...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583736792014-09-04T09:56:02.294-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-04T09:56:02.294-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58373679@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:56:02 MDT Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58368605-79/gulf-maine-warming-waters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58368605-79/gulf-maine-warming-waters.html.csp">Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PATRICK WHITTLE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-03T17:34:01.992-06:00">Updated Sep 3, 2014 05:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Friendship, Maine • Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, scientists say. Long-established species of commercial fish, like cod, herring and northern shrimp, are departing for colder waters. Black sea bass, blue crabs and new sp...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583686052014-09-03T17:34:01.992-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-03T17:34:01.992-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58368605@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:34:01 MDT Commentary: A raw deal for one of the Rockies’ fiercest citizens http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58314513-82/wolverines-species-scientists-service.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58314513-82/wolverines-species-scientists-service.html.csp">Commentary: A raw deal for one of the Rockies’ fiercest citizens</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SHAYE WOLF</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T11:10:02.145-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 11:10AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fierce, cunning and built for survival on unforgiving mountain landscapes, wolverines can rip apart frozen carcasses and have been known to chase away grizzlies. But wolverines are caught up in a fight even they may not walk away from. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week overruled the recommendations of its own scientists and withdrew a proposal to protect them under the Endangered Species Act. The decision stands to have tragic consequences for one of the rarest mammals in the lower 48...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58314513@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:10:02 MDT Utah’s least chub no longer considered for protection http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58335613-78/species-chub-utah-least.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58335613-78/species-chub-utah-least.html.csp">Utah’s least chub no longer considered for protection</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brett prettyman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T09:20:35.779-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 09:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">An updated conservation plan for the least chub — and the reconsideration of a proposal to take key groundwater from southwestern Utah — have led federal officials to reverse a decision to include the fish on the Endangered Species List. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it removed the least chub, found only in Utah in six populations, from the Candidate Species List. Federal and Utah officials applauded the announcement, though others remained concerned. “This was the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58335613@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:20:35 MDT Advocates argue wildlife permits threaten Utah prairie dog http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58334332-78/prairie-dog-habitat-permits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58334332-78/prairie-dog-habitat-permits.html.csp">Advocates argue wildlife permits threaten Utah prairie dog</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-25T18:22:45.422-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 06:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has illegally given permission to Garfield and Iron counties for potential development on wide swaths of Utah prairie dog habitat, which could kill thousands of the threatened, social mammals, Friends of Animals claims in a new lawsuit. The nonprofit, incorporated in New York, is asking a federal judge to overturn the so-called “incidental take permits” the agency issued to the counties in 2013 and 2014. As defined under the Endangered Species Act, “taking” ca...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58334332@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:22:45 MDT Images record amazing dance of the sage grouse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317638-223/grouse-paothong-sage-noppadol.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317638-223/grouse-paothong-sage-noppadol.html.csp">Images record amazing dance of the sage grouse</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T07:20:59.16-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 07:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Noppadol Paothong, a wildlife photographer who lives in Missouri, for years trained his lens on majestic animals, charismatic creatures that can fill a viewfinder and command attention. But in 2001, as a newspaper photographer, he got an assignment that changed his career — shoot the spring mating ritual of a bird known as the greater prairie chicken down near Golden City in southwest Missouri. “I never knew something so small could inspire me,” said Paothong, who is now staff photographer with ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58317638@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:20:59 MDT Editorial: Wolverine decision a victory for good science http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58298142-82/wolverine-decision-species-wildlife.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58298142-82/wolverine-decision-species-wildlife.html.csp">Editorial: Wolverine decision a victory for good science</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T16:28:06.146-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 04:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent decision to withdraw its proposal to list the wolverine as an endangered species indicates two things. First, it shows the federal agency can listen to state biologists. Second, it shows that to call an animal endangered, one must know more about how close to extinction the species may be. To the first point, Fish and Wildlife’s decision came after a key meeting of state wildlife biologists in Salt Lake City last fall. At the meeting, the Western Asso...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298142@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:06 MDT Feds reverse course on protections for wolverines http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58288519-68/climate-wolverines-protections-species.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58288519-68/climate-wolverines-protections-species.html.csp">Feds reverse course on protections for wolverines</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW BROWN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T13:19:46.358-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 01:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Billings, Mont. • Federal wildlife officials plan to withdraw proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine Tuesday, in a course reversal that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species. Wolverines, or “mountain devils,” need deep snows to den. But while there is broad consensus that climate change will make the world warmer, drilling down to determine what that means for individual species remains difficult. U.S. Fish and Wil...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582885192014-08-12T13:19:46.358-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-12T13:19:46.358-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58288519@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:19:46 MDT Conservation commitments keep desert flowers off endangered list http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58263550-78/fish-wildlife-species-conservation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58263550-78/fish-wildlife-species-conservation.html.csp">Conservation commitments keep desert flowers off endangered list</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T14:02:07.153-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 02:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you want to see some of Utah’s most colorful species of desert wildflowers, you have to look in exactly the same places as those hoping to mine oil shale — near black ledges where kerogen-bearing rock outcrops in the Uinta Basin. Because of this overlap of habitat and valuable mineral deposits, Graham’s and White River beardtongue have long been considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it was withdrawing its pet...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58263550@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:02:07 MDT Letter: End wildlife’s dependence on hunting licenses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246514-82/hunting-utah-wildlife-board.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58246514-82/hunting-utah-wildlife-board.html.csp">Letter: End wildlife’s dependence on hunting licenses</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-01T08:35:02.54-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 08:35AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I attended the Utah Wildlife Board meeting this week, which confirmed that a sport hunt for crows will soon occur in our state. One of the board members told the audience that, actually, the best way to conserve and properly manage any species in Utah is to initiate a hunting season for it. This will ensure an adequate funding stream (though hunter licenses) so the species and its habitat will be a priority for conservation and management. Historically, the majority of funding for western gam...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58246514@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:35:02 MDT