- FBI's hands-off strategy in Oregon follows lessons learned Updated: Feb-04-16 5:42 pm
Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mistrust, experts say.
- Wolves who survived wildfire now living on Arizona preserve Updated: Feb-01-16 11:11 am
KINGMAN, Arizona - Four wolves that survived a California wildfire by burrowing underground are now living in an Arizona wildlife preserve.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Updated: Jan-27-16 6:00 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
- Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades Updated: Jan-26-16 5:49 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years, public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say.
- Cowboy poets gather in Nevada with eye on Oregon conflict Updated: Jan-24-16 11:56 am
RENO, Nevada - As troubadours, fiddlers and scribes head to northeast Nevada for a national gathering to celebrate cowboy poetry and culture, the topic of the sometimes tenuous relationship between the Old West and the realities of the New West will be more than campfire conversation.
- Key things to know about federal land grazing in the West Updated: Jan-21-16 5:09 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Two brothers leading an armed group that has taken up residence for nearly three weeks at a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon plan to hold a ceremony Saturday for ranchers to renounce federal control of public land and tear up their grazing contracts.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service: Expand wildlife habitat Updated: Jan-21-16 2:53 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to establish the "Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge," areas of New England and New York to preserve more shrubland and young forests for numerous species, such as the New England cottontail.
- Senator moves to halt proposed ban on Alaska predator hunts Updated: Jan-21-16 7:35 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is looking to stop a proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on federal wildlife refuges in the state.
- Reward offered in search for elk poachers in Oklahoma Updated: Jan-19-16 8:44 pm
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma - A reward is being offered in the search for the poachers who killed a popular elk at a northwestern Oklahoma nature preserve and cut off the animal's head.
- Mandatory minimum sentences play a role in ranching standoff Updated: Jan-18-16 6:55 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The seeds of this month's insurrection at a Harney County wildlife refuge were planted in an unusual midnight deal struck in 2012 between prosecutors and Harney County ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond.
- Nonprofit seeks information about elk's death near Tahlequah Updated: Jan-18-16 6:02 am
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma - A nonprofit is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the death of a nearly 9-year-old elk killed in a nature preserve near Tahlequah.
- Couple's book recalls grisly 1973 killings in NW Iowa Updated: Jan-17-16 10:36 am
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - When Phil Hamman, 57, first heard about the grisly murders that occurred at Gitchie Manitou State Preserves on Nov. 17, 1973, he was overcome with emotion.
- 4,000 artifacts stored at Oregon refuge held by armed group Updated: Jan-15-16 7:40 pm
Thousands of archaeological artifacts - and maps detailing where more can be found - are kept inside the national wildlife refuge buildings currently being held by an armed group of protestors angry over federal land policy.
- Conservationist creates endowment for Indiana prairie Updated: Jan-13-16 4:08 am
GRIFFITH, Indiana - A northwestern Indiana conservationist has created an endowment that will help pay for the stewardship of one of the state's last remaining prairies.
- Winter survey shows more than 70 bald eagles at NY refuge Updated: Jan-08-16 6:54 pm
SENECA FALLS, New York - More than 70 bald eagles have been counted in a midwinter survey at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in central New York.
- Ranchers cited by armed group have reputation for kindness Updated: Jan-07-16 3:29 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - A prominent ranching family whose legal case sparked an armed occupation of a wildlife preserve has lived for three generations in Oregon's high desert, building a large cattle operation and stellar reputations for kindness and generosity.