Last Sumatran Rhino is Malaysia Dies

The Sumatran rhinoceros is officially extinct in Malaysia after the last remaining animal in the country died this past weekend. The rhino, named Iman, had uterine tumors since her capture in March 2014, and finally succumbed to cancer at age 25. Her death comes just six months after the death of the country’s only male rhino. A few years ago, wildlife officials …

Leaked Trump Memo on Endangered Species Act

Last month, aTrump administration memo was leaked to the Center for Biological Diversity. In it, the Fish and Wildlife Service directs its staff to limit the information released to the public for decisions regarding species protected under the Endangered Species Act. Records to be withheld include drafts of policies and rules, briefing documents, and meeting notes. The memo also directs …

BLM Suspends Oil and Gas Leases.. Again

Great news for the fate of our public lands and the climate! The Trump administration‘s relentless push to open public lands in western United States to oil and gas extraction has tripped over its own feet. In September, the BLM office in Utah quietly and voluntarily stopped the sale of 130 oil and gas leases in the state and ceased …

Endangered Species in Alaska

(This article, written by AFW’s Susan Hansen, will appear in the Sierra Borealis Newsletter) The purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to conserve threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems. A species is considered threatened if it is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Two Federal agencies, …

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Protect ANWR

On September 12, the US House of Representatives passed the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which would halt the Trump administrations attempts to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Introduced by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bipartisan measure is the first stand-alone bill the House has passed to protect the Arctic. When the …

Wheatears Well on Their Way to Visit Zebras

Northern wheatears, robin-sized songbirds, have just finished a summer alongside the musk oxen of northern Alaska and are now well on their way to visit their winter neighbors, the zebra.  Taking off around midnight in late August, these birds have begun their yearly migration to their winter home. From northern Alaska, they’ll fly across Russia, Kazakhstan, the Arabian Desert, and …

Black Bear Hunts Approved in Chugach State Park

Yesterday, two proposals to allow bear hunting in two new areas of Chugach State Park were approved by the the Alaska Board of Game. The two areas are McHugh Creek and Upper Campbell Creek Drainage Area, adjacent to Powerline Pass. Board Chairman Ted Spraker claims that these hunts were proposed to reduce conflicts between bears and humans in those areas, …

The Demise of the Riley Creek Pack

This splendid black beauty was photographed by a visitor to Denali National Park right on the park road. The visitor was understandably thrilled to see and photograph this gorgeous park wolf up close and personal.   Viewing living iconic park wildlife in one of the nation’s greatest wilderness national parks is the ultimate Alaska experience for visitors, and Alaska residents …