WILDLIFE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/WILDLIFE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Study: Elephants will become extinct if death rate continues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58310501-68/elephants-africa-deaths-elephant.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58310501-68/elephants-africa-deaths-elephant.html.csp">Study: Elephants will become extinct if death rate continues</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JASON STRAZIUSO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T18:08:02.291-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 06:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nairobi, Kenya • Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. Warnings about massive elephant slaughters have been ringing for years, but Monday’s study is the first to scientifically quantify the number of deaths across the continent by measuring deaths in one closely monit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583105012014-08-18T18:08:02.291-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T18:08:02.291-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58310501@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:08:02 MDT Solar plants are scorching, killing birds in mid-air http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58309350-68/birds-solar-plant-california.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58309350-68/birds-solar-plant-california.html.csp">Solar plants are scorching, killing birds in mid-air</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T13:34:42.079-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 01:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ivanpah Dry Lake, Calif. • Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583093502014-08-18T13:34:42.079-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T13:34:42.079-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309350@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:34:42 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 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 Cinder, the bear cub burned in wildfire, flown to care center http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58263135-68/cub-care-center-burned.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58263135-68/cub-care-center-burned.html.csp">Cinder, the bear cub burned in wildfire, flown to care center</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-05T10:17:31.205-06:00">Updated Aug 5, 2014 10:17AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wenatchee, Wash. • A badly burned black bear cub that hobbled up the right driveway has been rescued and flown by a volunteer pilot to a wildlife care center in California. Steve Love lives in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley, where the Carlton Complex of wildfires has scorched nearly 400 square miles since mid-July. When the 37-pound cub took shelter under his horse trailer late last week, he put out a bowl of water and tossed it some apricots from his tree. The next day, a state Fish a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582631352014-08-05T10:17:31.205-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-05T10:17:31.205-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58263135@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:17:31 MDT Grand Canyon investigating squirrel-kicking video http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58260630-68/canyon-video-grand-squirrel.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58260630-68/canyon-video-grand-squirrel.html.csp">Grand Canyon investigating squirrel-kicking video</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FELICIA FONSECA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-04T21:56:38.109-06:00">Updated Aug 4, 2014 09:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Flagstaff, Ariz. • Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon. But park officials say the chances of finding the man are slim. “Right now they are working on it,” park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said Monday. “They realize that it’s been seen by a lot of people and that there’s some sensitivity to treatment of wildlife.” The short video posted on YouTube shows a shirtless, barefoot man in shor...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582606302014-08-04T21:56:38.109-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-04T21:56:38.109-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58260630@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:56:38 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 Moose make a surprising move into Utah’s Range Creek http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198767-78/moose-utah-range-area.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198767-78/moose-utah-range-area.html.csp">Moose make a surprising move into Utah’s Range Creek</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="2014-07-21T11:49:47.911-06:00">Updated Jul 21, 2014 11:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Visitors to Range Creek Canyon in the Book Cliffs typically head to the remote area to experience its treasure trove of archaeological sites — but they may also be spotting some surprising wildlife. Moose have shown up in the hot, arid and usually dusty canyon more commonly populated with desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear. Biologists and researchers say Utah’s moose have found ways to survive in atypical environments. “It is interesting they are in that area,” sa...</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> 58198767@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:49:47 MDT Utah’s first crow hunts approved again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58237668-90/board-utah-wildlife-crows.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58237668-90/board-utah-wildlife-crows.html.csp">Utah’s first crow hunts approved again</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="2014-07-29T21:25:31.965-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Researchers say crows have the capacity to recognize people and scold humans they don’t like. Chances are those opposed to Utah’s first crow hunt will remember John Bair’s face. With vociferous boos echoing in the room and calls for changes to the Utah Wildlife Board, its members narrowly voted Tuesday to uphold a decision they made in June to allow the first sport and depredation crow hunts in the state. Bair made the successful motions in June and again Tuesday to allow the hunts. He said he...</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> 58237668@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:25:31 MDT Bear siblings captured, tagged, released at Tahoe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58196239-68/bear-captured-released-nevada.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58196239-68/bear-captured-released-nevada.html.csp">Bear siblings captured, tagged, released at Tahoe</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T22:47:28.692-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 10:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Stateline, Nev. • Wildlife officials say they captured, tagged and released three 5-month-old bear cubs this week on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say the two males and one female were caught in a trap Wednesday near Stateline, Nevada. A state biologist attached ear tags, tattooed the bears’ inner lips and gave them a microchip. Officials say the 19-year-old mother bear was reunited with her cubs once they awoke from being tranquilized. Black bear biologist ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581962392014-07-18T22:47:28.692-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-18T22:47:28.692-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58196239@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:47:28 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 Letter: Slower population growth benefits all http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58138670-82/future-population-wildlife-diminished.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58138670-82/future-population-wildlife-diminished.html.csp">Letter: Slower population growth benefits all</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T17:31:01.264-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On July 11 people around the world will be taking part in World Population Day to raise awareness about population issues. But here in the United States, we don’t talk enough about the specific effects our exploding numbers have on wildlife, the planet and our own future. There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and we’re adding 227,000 more each day. Every eight seconds another person is born in the United States. The toll on wildlife is devastating. Species are disappearing 1,000 to...</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> 58138670@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:31:01 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 Salt Lake City falcon Skye departs; watchers suffer empty nest syndrome http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58126939-78/lake-salt-nest-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58126939-78/lake-salt-nest-com.html.csp">Salt Lake City falcon Skye departs; watchers suffer empty nest syndrome</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By pamela manson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-28T22:01:20.396-06:00">Updated Jun 28, 2014 10:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Peregrine falcon Skye took her first flight early Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City, leaving an empty nest behind. The bird, one of three born this spring in a nest box on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, flew the coop at 5:47 a.m., the last of the youngsters to test its wings. The young falcon made it to the World Trade Center at City Creek (formerly called Eagle Gate Tower) at 60 E. South Temple, a little southeast of its home. The other falcons, Hunter and Ace, ventured out on Tuesday....</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> 58126939@www.sltrib.com Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:01:20 MDT