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Nation Oct 21Report: U.S. public land workers assaulted, threatened on job
The report did not say whether rates of assaults and threats were increasing.
Nation Sep 05Squirrels, bees could get U.S. aid but not Yellowstone’s bison
Wildlife advocates have campaigned for decades to halt the routine slaughter of bison migrating out of Yellowstone to reach their winter grazing grounds in Montana.
Politics Apr 16Former Interior Secretary Zinke hired by gold mining firm
U.S. Gold Corp. is pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago.
Nation Mar 15U.S. eases land restrictions meant to protect greater sage grouse
Environmentalists say loosening the restrictions will allow more oil and gas drilling and other activities on grouse habitat.
Nation Mar 14U.S. proposes lifting protections for gray wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revoke the gray wolves' endangered and threatened species status, which could allow them to be hunted.
Nation Mar 06U.S. wildlife officials plan to remove protections for gray wolves
The decision to lift protections is based on the resurgence of the gray wolf population, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.
Nation Feb 20U.S. mining sites dump 50 million gallons of fouled wastewater daily
That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states.
Politics Jan 04Outgoing Interior secretary Ryan Zinke defends legacy as he leaves
As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue.
Politics Dec 15Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites ‘vicious’ attacks
In his resignation letter, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.
Nation Dec 06Interior Department to loosen regulations protecting sage grouse
The Trump administration plans to ease restrictions on oil drilling, mining and other activities that could encroach on the bird's habitat.