Posts Tagged ‘Idaho’

May 19, 2008

This is the time of year when baby animals are being born across the wilderness – and is also the season when the Idaho Department of Fish and Game receives dozens of animals from people who believe they have rescued them. Fish and Game officials say it’s essential the public realizes the best place for baby animals is with their mothers in the great outdoors.

[…] Fish and Game officials say if you see baby animal alone you should leave them where they are because most of the time their mother is nearby and is probably out in search of food.

Jennifer Jackson, Department of Fish and Game: “Most often times baby animals have not been abandoned or orphaned or lost. Mom knows exactly where they are and she’ll come back and check on them periodically.”

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Federal judge in Montana rejects bid to delay wolf lawsuit

May 10, 2008

A federal judge in Montana has rejected a request by the government to delay a lawsuit seeking to place the gray wolf back on the endangered species list, saying he’s “unwilling to risk more deaths.”

At least 39 of the Northern Rockies’ 1,500 gray wolves have been killed since they lost federal protection in March. That action placed wolves under the authority of state wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The three states have relaxed rules for killings wolves that harass or harm livestock. The states are also planning public hunts later this year — the first in decades.

Environmental and animal rights groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week, claiming the loss of federal protection threatens the wolf’s successful recovery. They also asked for a court injunction to restore federal control over wolves while the case is pending.

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Idaho team readies artificial beak for wounded bald eagle

May 6, 2008

“For Beauty it’s like using only one chopstick to eat. It can’t be done” said biologist Jane Fink Cantwell, who operates a raptor recovery center in this Idaho Panhandle town. “She has trouble drinking. She can’t preen her feathers. That’s all about to change.”

Cantwell has spent the past two years assembling a team to design and build an artificial beak. They plan to attach it to Beauty next month. With the beak, the 7-year-old bald eagle could live to the age of 50, although not in the wild.

“She could not survive in the wild without human intervention,” Cantwell said.

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