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Study Finds Illegal Killing of Protected Idaho Wildlife More Widespread than Previously Known

Sunrise over a road in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

A new study has, for the first time, quantified the problem of the illegal killing of several species of non-game birds and snakes in two conservation areas in southwestern Idaho: the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and the Long-billed Curlew Habitat Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The journal Conservation Science and Practice has published the study by 18 authors representing Boise State University’s Raptor Research Center, Intermountain Bird Observatory, and Department of Biological Sciences; the U.S. Geological Survey; the Idaho Army National Guard; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; and Conservation Science Global, Inc., with cooperating partners the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Idaho Power Corporation. Boise State University’s article by Anna Webb describes the study in broad strokes.