Livestock Grazing and the Greater Sage-Grouse

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is an icon of the western United States. Its conservation status has been steeped in controversy for many years, as various groups petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) eight times since 1999 to list the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, in September 2015 the decades …

CITES Issue: Wood Bison

SCI and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) are addressing several of the key issues surrounding the upcoming 2017 CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this fall in Johannesburg, South Africa, in an ongoing “CITES Issues” blog series. This week’s article focuses on a positive proposal on a species that also highlights our successful wildlife conservation …

Grizzly Bears and the Whitebark Pine

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially proposed to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), for the second time. The population stands at about 700 bears and its recovery is being hailed as one of America’s great conservation successes. However, the future of …

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Greater Sage-Grouse Not Endangered

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has determined that the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is not in need of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In its September 2015 finding, FWS states that based upon the best available science, and new data showing population increases, an ESA listing is not warranted. This finding …

Issue of the Week: The Endangered Species Act

SCI Foundation often writes about issues concerning the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Some issues include endangered or threatened species listings; special rules governing management of listed species; and how the ESA affects conservation, hunting and international trade in wildlife. As we often skip over the basics about the Act, this article will make our readers …

Issue of the Week: Wolverine Inconsistent with Polar Bear

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) recent decision to ignore agency biologists’ recommendations and withdraw the draft listing of wolverine as threatened  under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is raising some concern among the scientific community. The draft listing in response to fears that climate change will cause massive reductions in snow cover, which …