Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

Growing Montana Bear Population Spotlights Need for Wildlife Corridors

"One morning in late June, after a crisp mountain air had settled into Kootenai River valley, Megan Leach heard her chickens clucking nervously. She ventured outside to see the cause for the commotion and noticed that one of her heavy coops, on wheels but sturdy, had been moved. As dusk began to fall later that day, Leach rounded up her chickens to place them in the protection of her barn, feeling that something was watching them. It turned out to be a grizzly bear."

Source: Sierra, 10/27/2023

"Living With Rural Water Scarcity In Southwest Colorado"

"Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Pagosa Springs is located right at the source. Water flows through an elaborate network of streams, rivers, lakes, treatment plants, and pipelines. It can be accessed through the simple turn of a tap. But living at the headwaters of a major Western river system does not equal water security for all."

Source: Aspen Public Radio, 10/26/2023

Enviros Warn Of Intent To Sue Over Snail Species Near Nev. Lithium Mine

"In an ongoing legal battle with the Biden administration over a Nevada lithium mine, environmentalists are poised to return to court with a new approach accusing U.S. wildlife officials of dragging their feet on a year-old petition seeking endangered species status for a tiny snail that lives nearby."

Source: AP, 10/17/2023

"Tarantulas In Colorado Are On The Move, And They're Looking For Love"

"Dust swirls on the dirt roads running through more than 400,000 acres of cactus studded grasslands south of La Junta, Colo. Suddenly, Jessica LaPage spots the reason she's here: A two-toned brown tarantula about the size of an adult's fist, crawling through the scrubby plants".

Source: NPR, 10/06/2023

"Court Rejects Utah’s Request To Block EPA Smog Rule"

"A federal appeals court on Monday sided with the Biden administration against the state of Utah in a lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “good neighbor” rule, which regulates the flow of air pollution across state lines."

Source: The Hill, 09/26/2023


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