Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s most recent fall population estimate is 386 wolves — much higher than previous counts.
The review could result in polar bears being “uplisted” to endangered, with further protections, or de-listed altogether.
Maine’s population of rare Atlantic puffins took a hit this year, as the number of chicks to survive a tough summer plummeted.
The federal agency listed polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2008.
A coalition of conservationists warn they’re preparing to sue for federal protections of Southeast Alaska’s wolves if the Biden administration doesn’t take concrete action soon.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, in a 110-page ruling Wednesday, said the Trump administration’s approval of the project under the National Environmental Policy Act was flawed.
Polar bear sightings in Kotzebue aren’t without precedent. The world’s largest documented polar bear was found in Kotzebue in the 60s, weighing more than 2,200 pounds and standing more than 11 feet high.
The operations manager for a Bethel utility said that he did not have time to get a permit with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to destroy an osprey nest atop a utility pole.
Over the past three years, Unalaska’s team of volunteers has rescued or retrieved more than 50 eagles.
One criticism of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is that it puts a huge burden of proof on Tribes.