A day after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sued to remove acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley from his post, public lands advocates and Montana’s Democratic senator are calling for hearings on Pendley’s nomination to lead a federal agency responsible for managing millions of acres of public lands, saying he is unfit for the position.
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Land managers and the general population both are making strides toward appreciating fire’s role in healthy forest ecosystems. But concerns generated by COVID-19 could reverse some of that progress as fire managers in the Northern Rockies prepare for a wildfire response that skews heavily toward suppression.
Scientists established a grizzly bear mortality rate that allows for a stable population of the threatened species. Wildlife managers are increasingly exceeding it.
The lawsuit claims violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the government’s trust responsibilities to the tribes.
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Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday over a proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs, arguing that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality did not go far enough to protect the iconic Smith River and that DEQ’s permit approval should be vacated.
In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Wildlife Services killed 7,965 coyotes, 46 wolves, one grizzly bear and many other species in Montana.