SPECIES - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SPECIES News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 58298142@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:06 MDT Federal proposal to protect wolverines withdrawn http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58289362-78/wildlife-wolverine-decision-wolverines.html.csp 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Federal proposal to protect wolverines withdrawn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 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 Editorial: A condor is born, and Utah is a little better place http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195090-82/condors-utah-condor-lead.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195090-82/condors-utah-condor-lead.html.csp">Editorial: A condor is born, and Utah is a little better place</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T16:27:02.044-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 04:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For the first time in decades, a California condor has hatched in Utah. The hatchling was spotted on a cliffside nest in a remote canyon of Zion National Park, and its existence is tribute to a remarkable commitment to keeping a species alive. Here’s hoping it is a cute little chick, because it will grow up to be one large, ugly bird. California condors have bald heads and black plumage reminiscent of classic cartoon vultures, and they survive by eating carrion, using their more than nine-foot ...</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> 58195090@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:27:02 MDT Letter: Penstemon agreement not enough protection http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58186574-82/agreement-species-act-plants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58186574-82/agreement-species-act-plants.html.csp">Letter: Penstemon agreement not enough protection</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T16:58:41.864-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 04:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The conservation agreement highlighted in your recent op-ed (“Penstemon Agreement Saves More Flowers than Endangered Species Act Would,” July 11) is the latest, last-minute effort by individuals wanting to derail all Endangered Species Act listing proposals. No plants have been listed in the Uinta Basin since 1992; only one Utah plant species has been listed since 2001. The op-ed correctly states the act protects plants only on federal lands or other lands where federal action, like a permit, i...</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> 58186574@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:58:41 MDT Seneca Nation commits to native-only landscaping http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177222-68/native-seneca-plants-species.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177222-68/native-seneca-plants-species.html.csp">Seneca Nation commits to native-only landscaping</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CAROLYN THOMPSON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-12T13:09:11.254-06:00">Updated Jul 12, 2014 01:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cattaraugus Reservation, N.Y. • The Seneca Indian Nation is strengthening its roots to the land with a new commitment to use only indigenous plants and trees in public landscaping. The western New York tribe is believed to be the first to formalize a practice that tribes throughout the country are embracing as a way to preserve Native American culture and the environment. From now on, instead of Austrian pines, Japanese maples and other foreign species, there will be native balsam firs, sugar ma...</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> 58177222@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:09:11 MDT Op-ed: Penstemon agreement saves more flowers than Endangered Species Act would http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58170870-82/agreement-species-state-plants.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58170870-82/agreement-species-state-plants.html.csp">Op-ed: Penstemon agreement saves more flowers than Endangered Species Act would</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike McKee, Mark Raymond and Darlene Burns</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T17:20:02.535-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When faced with the prospect of yet another endangered species listing in the Uintah Basin, many would expect that as elected officials tasked with protecting our local community we would take off the proverbial gloves and begin to fight. In the case of the Graham’s beardtongue and White River beardtongue (penstemon species) in Eastern Utah, we along with other stakeholders met this challenge with a proposed conservation agreement that goes above and beyond the protections afforded these floweri...</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> 58170870@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:02 MDT Utah wolverine visit cited in move from endangered listing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58157684-78/wolverine-wildlife-utah-species.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58157684-78/wolverine-wildlife-utah-species.html.csp">Utah wolverine visit cited in move from endangered listing</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="2014-07-07T22:35:10.983-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 10:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Citing the recent confirmed sighting of a wolverine in Utah to support her decision, a federal wildlife official has told staff to work on withdrawing a proposal to protect the animal under the Endangered Species Act. Noreen Walsh, regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region, said the impact of climate change on the wolverine is unclear in a memo acquired by the Center for Biological Diversity. A wolverine’s visit to Utah’s Uinta Mountains last winter indi...</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> 58157684@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:35:10 MDT Op-ed: It’s time for grizzly bears to come home to the Uintas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58143144-82/bears-grizzly-species-greenwald.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58143144-82/bears-grizzly-species-greenwald.html.csp">Op-ed: It’s time for grizzly bears to come home to the Uintas</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NoaH Greenwald</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T17:47:46.632-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Much as it did with the gray wolf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the grizzly bear, beginning with the iconic bears of Yellowstone National Park. But are the bears truly recovered and ready for the state sponsored hunts that are sure to ensue with removal of protection? As many as 50,000-100,000 grizzly bears once roamed the West, from the coast of California and Cascade Range in Washington and Oregon through the Great Plains, a...</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> 58143144@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:47:46 MDT Op-ed: Federal-state proposal won’t protect rare flowers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58143183-82/species-listing-usfws-proposed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58143183-82/species-listing-usfws-proposed.html.csp">Op-ed: Federal-state proposal won’t protect rare flowers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Laura Welp</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T17:48:14.106-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Penstemons are lovely plants with showy, eye-popping flowers, and Utah is blessed with more species than any other state (96!). Two of them, Graham’s penstemon and the White River penstemon, are so rare they are eligible for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). And, unfortunately for them, they are inconveniently located only on oil shales in the middle of energy country in the Uinta Basin. Graham’s penstemon was first proposed for listing in 1975, but no action was taken because...</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> 58143183@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:48:14 MDT Are wolverines back in Utah? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58142331-78/wolverine-utah-species-wildlife.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58142331-78/wolverine-utah-species-wildlife.html.csp">Are wolverines back in Utah?</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="2014-07-03T07:44:52.812-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 07:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The last time anyone saw one of these critters in Utah was 35 years ago when a roadkill carcass was found along U.S. Highway 40 east of Vernal. But last winter a motion-sensing camera, one of four rigged on the Uinta Mountains’ north slope, captured 27 images of a wolverine sniffing around an empty bait station, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). The find, made in the Blacks Fork drainage in Summit County, was announced Wednesday, one month before the U.S. Fish and Wild...</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> 58142331@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:44:52 MDT Editorial: Wild horse solution requires delicate balance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58118864-82/horses-wild-horse-range.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58118864-82/horses-wild-horse-range.html.csp">Editorial: Wild horse solution requires delicate balance</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T15:19:02.035-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 03:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Horse killers! Killers! Murderers! You’re liars! All of you, liars! You’re only happy when you can see something die!” — Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits” “Honey, nothing can live unless something dies.” – Clark Gable, in the same movie Sixty-three years after the release of Monroe’s and Gable’s final film in 1961, virtually nothing has changed about the wild horse debate. “The Misfits” refers to the movie’s whiskey-soaked drifters who head out of Reno to chase wild horses,...</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> 58118864@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:19:02 MDT Birdcall playback on phones prompts ethics debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58036124-223/birds-birding-playback-ethics.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58036124-223/birds-birding-playback-ethics.html.csp">Birdcall playback on phones prompts ethics debate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DEAN FOSDICK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-25T15:24:02.164-06:00">Updated Jun 25, 2014 03:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wildlife watchers can now wield unnatural powers, playing actual birdcalls on smart phones and other mobile devices. The practice, called playback, is effective for attracting elusive species but also can harm nesting birds if overused. “It’s kind of a balancing act,” said Jeffrey Gordon, president of the American Birding Association in Colorado Springs. “If you’re bringing a common bird into view for a group of kids or showing people how habitat is really good for birds, then a case can be made...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580361242014-06-25T15:24:02.164-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-25T15:24:02.164-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58036124@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:24:02 MDT Whether Utah horses are native species is at heart of debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58067177-78/horses-wild-says-horse.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58067177-78/horses-wild-says-horse.html.csp">Whether Utah horses are native species is at heart of debate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kristen moulton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T14:16:50.395-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 02:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Advocates are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list wild horses as threatened or endangered, which would trigger protections for herds in 10 Western states. Setting aside the question of whether there are too many or too few horses — a debate raging throughout the West — the wildlife agency will have to consider a perennial question: Are wild horses native to this country? To gain endangered or threatened status, a species must be in danger of going extinct and generally, it mus...</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> 58067177@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:16:50 MDT