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Today Interior Secretary Salazar declined to reverse the second of the two Bush-era rule changes to the Endangered Species Act. The "polar bear" rule spells trouble not only for polar bears but for wildlife in Washington from mountain caribou to pikas to lynx to salmon.
Interior Secretary Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who oversee the major agencies that manage endangered species on land and sea, today promised to reinstate scientific consultation, a requirement in the Endangered Species Act that has protected species for 20 years.
Gradeschool students at the Methow Community School had these things to say about the recent poaching of wolves nearby.
Washington's Representative Rick Larsen supports an appropriations earmark of $1 million for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to move forward with recovering the endangered North Cascades grizzly bear.
Two residents of Twisp are suspected of illegally trapping and shooting one and possibly two endangered gray wolves and attempting to send a wolf pelt to Canada. DNA testing confirmed that the wolf was a member of Washington's newly discovered Lookout Pack, likely one of the pups.
On Mar 2009, wolves in eastern Washington, could lose protection as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announces that he plans to uphold a Bush Administration rule removing federal protection from gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone region.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's final critical habitat rule for Canada lynx excludes entire areas in northeastern Washington important to recovery and conservation of the endangered wild cat. Conservation groups plan to challenge the rule.
In February 2009 the British Columbia government announced the legalization of a mountain caribou recovery plan that protects millions of acres of caribou habitat from logging and associated road building. That's an area eight times the size of the entire North Cascades National Park.
The Western Wolf Coalition has launched a new website, www.westernwolves.org, aimed to deliver "just the facts" on gray wolves to the general public.
Obama's first act as President was to order federal agencies to stop all pending regulations pushed through by the Bush administration. The action temporarily blocks the proposed delisting, or loss of protection, for Northern Rockies gray wolves, including those in the Columbia Highlands.