Latest Endangered Species Act of 1973 News

Old documents fuel latest bid to halt Nevada lithium mine

Apr. 09, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Few people had ever heard of Tiehm’s buckwheat when conservationists filed a petition two years ago to list the desert wildflower as an endangered species. But federal documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the rare plant at the center of a...

Judge rejects agency's pullback of effort to protect minnow

Apr. 02, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider anew whether a type of minnow that lives in the lower Colorado River's watershed should receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling Wednesday by...

Advocates sue to protect monarchs, Northern spotted owls

Apr. 01, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued federal officials Thursday in a bid for greater protections for monarch butterflies, northern spotted owls and eight other species inching toward possible extinction. The move comes after federal officials have said the...

Feds seek end to dredging limits that protect sea turtles

Mar. 25, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government is close to undoing a policy that for 30 years has protected rare sea turtles from being mangled and killed by machines used to suck sediments from shipping channels in four Southern states. The Army Corps of Engineers is in...

Missouri hellbenders population granted federal protection

Mar. 09, 2021 14:14 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A salamander species that lives in Missouri waterways has been granted protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Missouri's eastern hellbenders are the largest salamander in North America,...

Forecast for spring chinook up from last year, but still low

Mar. 08, 2021 09:04 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Forecasts for this year’s salmon runs show a doubling of spring chinook in the Nooksack River, giving room for hope even though the species remains threatened across the Puget Sound region, according to fisheries managers and environmental officials. ...

Wolf tracked near Yosemite park for first time in 100 years

Mar. 04, 2021 08:19 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A young male wolf has been traveling near Yosemite National Park, the farthest south a wolf has been tracked in California in more than a century, officials said. Researchers have been monitoring the wolf dubbed OR-93 via his tracking collar...

No charges after Wyoming grizzly feeding investigation

Feb. 21, 2021 10:13 AM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — On a Friday afternoon last October, game warden Brian DeBolt and federal special agent Steve Stoinski drove to the Solitude Subdivision in response to a report of a resident feeding grizzly bears. Arriving at the home in the neighborhood near...

Judge: Trump's lifting of mining ban in US West was wrong

Feb. 11, 2021 21:17 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration action that allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) in parts of six western states that are considered important for the survival of a struggling bird species. ...

Glacier at forefront of whitebark pine tree conservation

Feb. 06, 2021 10:13 AM EST

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month proposed listing the whitebark pine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. For the last 24 years, Glacier National Park has been quietly working to conserve the species over its 1...