Biologists trying to keep wildlife out of 'ER'
Pauley's preliminary survey of experts identified four primary 'drivers' that could affect future wildlife populations. They are: expanding rural subdivisions, energy development, invasive nonnative species and climate change. ...Much of the meeting, which wrapped up Friday, highlighted ongoing research efforts to understand the potential impacts of energy development -- from fossil fuels to wind farms -- on sage grouse, songbirds, elk, mule deer and other species across the state.
November 22, 2008
by Rebecca Huntington
in Casper Star-Tribune
While the federal endangered species list is intensive care for wildlife populations on the brink of extinction, Wyoming has its own list of species in need of preventative care.
The state list, called Wyoming's Species of Greatest Conservation Need, covers 279 species from mammals to mollusks. Of those, 235 are simply listed because too little is known to even determine whether they're in good shape.
The list presents an opportunity to treat the problem before it becomes a crisis, said Glenn Pauley, the program's coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
'The impetus for the whole program is to... [continue via Web link]