Category : Wildlife

KEA Joins Suit to Stop Wildlife Killing Contest on Public Lands

On Thursday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved an unprecedented 5-year permit to allow for killing contests for wolves, coyotes, weasels, rabbits, skunks and others on our public lands. Following the announcement Kootenai Environmental Alliance joined  a coalition of conservation organizations in filing a lawsuit asking a judge to halt this contest that awards prizes to those who kill the most wolves, coyotes and more »

The Importance of Bats in Our Lives

Particularly during the Halloween season, images of bats are common in decorations and costumes designed to frighten us.  Unfortunately, this theme of fear and revulsion extends throughout the year in the minds of many adults and too often continues to be passed on to our children.  Bats, the only animals other than birds that can truly fly, are masters of the night sky, not easily more »

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Bowing to political pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally withdrew its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), despite the species’ small population and serious threats to its continued existence. Only 250 to 300 wolverines call the contiguous U.S. home, living in small populations scattered across the West. Scientists unanimously acknowledge the greatest threat to the species’ survival in the more »

Farm Bill

Farm Bill

Earlier this year, President Obama signed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, also known as the Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill isn’t new, but is updated and reauthorized every five years to serve as the government’s main policy tool for agriculture, food safety and nutritional programs. This 900 plus page bill is vast and daunting; while some of the provisions are helpful to support more »

Conservation Groups File Objection to Panhandle National Forest Plan

Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the more »

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Cougar Bay is unique on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  It provides refuge for birds, fish and wildlife, as well as quiet water for small watercrafts and non-motorized boaters. Log pilings stand as visual monuments to the historic logging past on Lake Coeur d’Alene when log storage in Cougar Bay was integral to the DeArmond, Idaho Forest Industries, Diamond, Northwest Timber and Ohio Match sawmills. Evidence of more »

HR 1526 Great Name Bad Idea

Recently, the US House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, the “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” introduced by Rep. Hastings (R-WA)- who is also conveniently the Chairman of the Committee. This bill is similar to Rep. Raul Labrador’s “Self Sufficient Community Lands Act” that was introduced last session and died in committee. HR 1526 provides a temporary solution to the expiration of the more »

Caribou Receive Only 10% of the Originally Proposed Critical Habitat

Caribou Receive Only 10% of the Originally Proposed Critical Habitat

A disappointing decision has been handed down by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with regard to critical habitat designations for the Selkirk Woodland Caribou. Almost exactly one year ago, USFWS proposed ~375,562 acres be designated as critical habitat for the southern Selkirk Mountain population of woodland caribou. This acreage was decided by USFWS officials that had, “reviewed the available information pertaining to the more »

Bonner County – At it Again

Bonner County has filed a frivolous lawsuit in hopes of getting the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to respond to a petition to have the Selkirk Mountain Caribou removed from the Endangered Species list. This suit is represented by the Pacific Legal Counsel, Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA), who claim that there are thousands of Caribou in North America and more »

Idaho- NO on HJR2

Idaho- NO on HJR2

You should have received your Idaho Voter’s Pamphlet in the mail by now. The 43 pages of 12-pt font are a lot to wade through but please make sure that you thoroughly read through Page 4-  H.J.R. 2aa, which is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment also know as the Idaho Hunting and Fishing (and Trapping) Amendment. The proposed measure would add “the right to hunt, fish more »