Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Petition by Alaska to delist seals as threatened rejected

Nov. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A petition by the state of Alaska to delist three species of Arctic ringed seals as threatened has been rejected. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday was based on “threats associated with ongoing and projected changes in sea ice and on-ice snow...

One man’s mission: Save the turkey with a school for fowl

Nov. 24, 2020 10:51 AM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Frank Reese agrees with Benjamin Franklin that turkeys are not only interesting, they are special. For several decades, he made it his life’s mission to save the non-commercialized bird. At his farm in Lindsborg, he wants to build a first-of-its-kind heritage fowl research...

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf's death

Nov. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists performed a necropsy...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Nov. 20, 2020 4:09 AM EST

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 16th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 19 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 9-month-old male panther were...

'Tiger King' star Jeff Lowe accused of inhumane treatment

Nov. 19, 2020 7:44 PM EST

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Netflix’s “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe has been accused of recurring inhumane treatment and improper handling of endangered species of animals, according to a civil complaint filed Thursday. The U.S. Justice Department filed the complaint in federal district court...

FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. The Trump administration announced plans that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling. U.S. officials plan to publish the plans Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in the Federal Register as part of a process that could allow the plans to take effect shortly before Trump leaves office. (Jerret Raffety/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

Trump plans would ease protections for sage grouse in West

Nov. 19, 2020 6:38 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling. U.S. officials plan to formally publish what are...

Court denies call to stop work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Nov. 19, 2020 9:10 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A legal attempt by environmental groups to stall work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has fallen short. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that a federal appeals court let stand a finding that construction on the project would not jeopardize endangered species. The Sierra Club and...

An Atlantic sturgeon washed up at the Virginia Beach, Va., oceanfront near 20th Street on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Atlantic sturgeon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The species used to have vast populations along the Atlantic coast before it was decimated by a caviar rush in the late 1800s. (Stacy Parker/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Prehistoric Atlantic sturgeon washes up in Virginia Beach

Nov. 18, 2020 11:18 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A rare and prehistoric fish has washed up on Virginia Beach's oceanfront. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the nearly five-foot long Atlantic sturgeon was found Saturday near 20th Street. The slow-moving, armor-plated species sometimes falls victim to ship strikes. And the...

Right whale protections extended to end of November

Nov. 17, 2020 2:10 AM EST

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government has extended measures meant to protect an endangered species of whale off New England through the end of the month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is asking mariners to go slowly through an area south of Nantucket or avoid it...

Sickle darters threatened? They need cleaner water to spawn

Nov. 16, 2020 2:36 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Federal authorities are seeking comment on a proposal to list a tiny fish that lives in bodies of water in East Tennessee and Virginia as threatened. The sickle darter currently exists in only six known populations, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials, the Chattanooga...