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 …

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 …

Cooperative Approach to Prevent Wildlife Violations: The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

States in the U.S. are getting more organized with tracking people who have committed wildlife violations. The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC) is an agreement that allows member states to share information regarding hunting, fishing, and trapping violations. This cooperative interstate effort will enhance each state’s Department of Natural Resources’ ability to protect their wildlife …

New Partnership Boosts Anti-poaching Efforts In Africa

SCI Foundation and Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces in support of anti-poaching, anti-wildlife trafficking, wildlife conservation and humanitarian efforts in Africa. This new partnership will promote the concept of sustainable use in conservation and facilitate effective solutions to end the plight of poaching. Both 501(c)(3) nonprofit charities …

Weekly Update: News from Geneva

  On July 7, 2014 the 65th Standing Committee for the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) began. The Standing Committee provides policy guidance to the Secretariat concerning the implementation of CITES and oversees the management of the budget. Beyond these roles, it also coordinates and oversees the work of other committees and …

Issue of the Week: Are Policies Backed By Science?

Is science being used to make important decisions in wildlife management?  Well…yes and no. Scientific information is part of the process in making decisions, but emotions run high when more prominent creatures are involved and judgments become clouded. Science tends to be foremost when dealing with say… fish, but animals that stir childhood attachments such …