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January 2013

Conservation Connection January 2013

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In this issue:

  • Caribou action
  • BC bears risk
  • Hello, wolverine
  • Coexisting with wolves

Protect America’s last mountain caribou

Protect America's last mountain caribou.
Photo: Roland Usher

New Year, New Threat for Mountain Caribou

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition by the snowmobile industry to remove endangered species protection from mountain caribou in the Selkirk Mountains. With fewer than 50 animals remaining in the US, delisting is indefensible. The future of the southernmost caribou on earth - which depend on contiguous tracts of high elevation old-growth forests - hinges on protection and habitat on both sides of the US/Canada border. Send a quick letter today.

Hydropower projects are multiplying in grizzly bear country.

Hydropower projects are multiplying in grizzly bear country.
Photo: BC MoE

Controversial Project Threatens BC Bears

The BC government has approved a controversial hydropower project in the upper Lillooet River Valley, home to four recovering populations of grizzly bears and important habitat for other sensitive species, including mountain goats and bull trout. Conservation Northwest and others sent a letter urging the government to withhold hydroproject approval. With our BC allies, we are looking at ways to move forward in the best interests of BC bears and other wildlife.



Washington's newly discovered wolverine, Dasher

Washington's newly discovered Dasher, asleep for his Christmas photo.
Photo: WDFW


Meet Dasher, Washington's Newest Wolverine

Scott Fitkin, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, got an early present on Christmas Eve, documenting a wolverine new to an interagency research project. Dasher marks the eleventh wolverine captured - seven females, four males - in the North Cascades Ecosystem. Watch later this month for news on Endangered Species Act protections for wolverines.



Washington is learning to live with wolves. Photo: Wiki Commons

Washington is learning to live with wolves.
Photo: Wiki Commons





Learning to Coexist with Predators

Learning how people can coexist with wolves takes effort, cooperation, and a willingness to grow. A meeting between Conservation Northwest's Jay Kehne, conservation districts, and others helped shine a spotlight on practical solutions to avoid conflicts between wolves and livestock. Attendees learned of last season's successful range riding pilot in northeastern Washington cosponsored by Conservation Northwest and the Department of Fish and Wildlife - a project we will continue in the 2013 season.




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