Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Environmental groups file another suit over forest grazing

Apr. 18, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmentalists are continuing their legal battle against grazing in a national forest in south central Oregon with a lawsuit over federal management of a 170,000-acre livestock allotment. The complaint filed by Concerned Friends of the Winema and four other groups marks the fourth...

Army Corps takes heat in wake of Missouri River flooding

Apr. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators Wednesday during a hearing held in Iowa to examine the massive spring flooding this year that caused more than $3 billion in damage in the Midwest. The flooding and...

The Latest: Getting aid to flood victims is priority

Apr. 17, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate hearing being held in Iowa in the wake of massive flooding in the region (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Getting disaster aid approved and making sure it gets to the people affected by this spring's flooding is a priority for area senators. The bureaucratic...

Feds agree to expand habitat protections for Northwest orcas

Apr. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government says that by October it will propose expanded habitat protections off Washington, Oregon and California for Pacific Northwest orcas. The announcement comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which sued in 2018 to make...

China seizes 2,700 ivory tusks in massive smuggling case

Apr. 15, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has seized more than 2,700 ivory tusks in what customs authorities are calling the country's biggest smuggling case in years. China's Customs Administration announced Monday that it confiscated nearly 7.5 tons (6,803 kilograms) of ivory on March 30. The illicit goods came from an...

Endangered whale experiencing mini-baby boom off New England

Apr. 13, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod have said. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411. But the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said Friday its...

Kenyans march against global trade in endangered species

Apr. 13, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hundreds of Kenyans have marched in the streets of the capital to call for the ban of international wildlife markets that specialize in endangered species. The march comes ahead of a global meeting on international trade in endangered species next month in Sri Lanka. Kenya's cabinet...

US agency reconsidering status of bistate sage grouse

Apr. 12, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is revising its plans to protect a type of imperiled game bird found only along the California-Nevada line after a federal judge struck down its earlier decision to rescind a proposal to list it as threatened. The agency announced late Thursday it will...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Apr. 11, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. Senators voted 56-41 to approve...

Police detain 5 for critically endangered eel smuggling

Apr. 11, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained five men, including two Chinese citizens and a customs official, on suspicion of smuggling a critically endangered species of eel. Police said Thursday that four of the suspects allegedly purchased 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of...