threatened species http://kplu.org en NOAA Takes Steller Sea Lions Off Threatened List http://kplu.org/post/noaa-takes-steller-sea-lions-threatened-list <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A federal agency is taking the eastern population of Steller sea lion off the threatened species list.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Julie Speegle says the eastern population has met recovery criteria the agency set out in 2008.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:57:10 +0000 The Associated Press 10629 at http://kplu.org NOAA Takes Steller Sea Lions Off Threatened List Feds Delay Controversial Decision on Pocket Gopher Protection http://kplu.org/post/feds-delay-controversial-decision-pocket-gopher-protection <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is postponing a controversial decision on whether to list the Mazama pocket gopher as a threatened species in the South Puget Sound area.</p><p>Washington State manager Ken Berg says his agency wants six additional months to consider input from upset landowners and affected counties. Berg says farmers and ranchers in Thurston County claim there are more pocket gophers than the government realizes and that they can co-exist with human activity.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:42:46 +0000 Tom Banse 9835 at http://kplu.org Feds Delay Controversial Decision on Pocket Gopher Protection