Biotechnology and Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

Plant Conservation in Australia

S. Fish and Wildlife Service had signed 'an order to shoot the wolf, which was accused of killing too many cows, but rescinded the order'after SWCC stepped in. This is the first time since 2007 that the agency planned to kill a wolf because of predatory attacks on wildlife. ' (The rancher who lost the cattle has been compensated). View slideshow:Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center provides sanctuary to wildlife The wolf was undoubtedly preying on these cows to help feed her family of four puppies. The puppies will remain with the pack, 'as they will be cared for by their father' according to Linda Searles, Founder and Executive Director of SWCC.

Wildlife News

This struggle is the fight to save wildlife and the habitat they depend on for survival. There are many partners in this struggle, including the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and state wildlife agencies. Funds are available for conserving and restoring wildlife populations throughout America for each individual state. However, before any state can receive this funding they must have developed a "wildlife action plan" better known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, by October 1, 2005. A wildlife action plan assesses the wildlife and habitat health, identifies any problems the wildlife and habitat face and describes the actions needed to rectify the problems and conserve the wildlife and habitat in question. Congress has identified eight elements that each wildlife action plan is required to have, which will better aid in identifying the plans of action to take and why. These eight elements are: Information on the Distribution and Abundance of Species of Wildlife; Descriptions of Extent and Conditions of Habitats and Community Types; Descriptions of Problems and Priority Research and Survey Efforts; Descriptions of Conservation Actions; Proposed Plans for Monitoring Species Identified and Their Habitats; Description of Procedures to Review the Plan; Plans for Coordinating the Development, Implementation, Review and Revision of the Plan with Federal, State, Local Agencies and Indian Tribes; and Broad Public Participation. Utah had 196 aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species classified as wildlife species of greatest conservation need (GCN). Of these 196 GCN, 44 are birds, 40 are mollusks, 39 are mammals, 34 are reptiles, 29 are fish and 10 are amphibians. Problems or threats to the GCN species populations in Utah are commercial and industrial development, landfill construction or operation, dams, road construction, urban development, water diversion, municipal and industrial point source, commercial harvest, conversion of riparian forests, excessive non-commercial harvest or collection, channel maintenance and confined animal operations. Other problems or threats to GCN species are crop production practices, excessive groundwater withdrawal, fire suppression, management of or for certain species, channel alteration, exotic species, parasites, pathogens, recreation, grazing, predation, forestry activities and resource extraction.