Federal Wildlife Officials Approve Plan To Protect Nongame Species

Mar 15, 2017

Federal officials have approved an Idaho wildlife conservation plan to avoid potential listings under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed off on a state plan that identified 205 Idaho species of concern. Grizzlies, salmon and sage grouse were all on the list, as well as monarch butterflies. Wildlife officials are working on taking Yellowstone grizzlies off the Endangered Species List.

The plan identifies threats to each species and actions to bolster the populations, prioritizing habitat-based solutions.  It also creates a path for Idaho to receive federal funding to conserve nongame species.

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