Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Oregon Zoo breeds rare silverspot butterfly in captivity

Dec. 4, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservationists have successfully bred the extremely rare Oregon silverspot butterfly in captivity, a potential breakthrough for saving a species that once was found in coastal regions from California to British Columbia but is now reduced to five isolated populations, the Oregon Zoo...

With $1 bil timber lawsuit, not all counties are big winners

Nov. 30, 2019 10:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When a jury in Linn County determined last week that the state had breached its contract with 13 rural counties by failing to maximize logging revenues on state land, the damage award was breathtaking. $1,065,919,400. The state plans to appeal -- to the Supreme Court if necessary. In...

Oregon Court of Appeals upholds wolf delisting

Nov. 28, 2019 11:51 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging the state's decision to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves. The Capital Press reported Thursday that the appeals panel has tossed the complaint. State wildlife officials removed...

Agency agrees to designate habitat for threatened ice seals

Nov. 25, 2019 8:16 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency will decide by September how much ocean and coast in northern Alaska will be designated as critical habitat for two ice seal species. The Center for Biological Diversity announced Monday it had reached an agreement with the Commerce Department for the Trump...

Feds: Endangered Willamette Valley wildflower has recovered

Nov. 25, 2019 4:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing wildflower called the Bradshaw’s desert parsley from the Endangered Species List, saying it has successfully rebounded after being nearly wiped out more than three decades ago. The wildflower, which grows in wet prairie...

Germany probing if navy demining operation killed porpoises

Nov. 25, 2019 9:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they are investigating whether the deaths of 18 porpoises in the Baltic Sea is connected to a navy demining operation earlier this year. A spokesman for Germany’s Defense Ministry said Monday that “so far no direct link has been established” between...

Sumatran rhino is extinct in Malaysia as lone survivor dies

Nov. 23, 2019 10:05 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer. The Wildlife Department in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island said the rhino, named Iman, died of natural causes Saturday due to shock in her system. She...

The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo

Nov. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France. Officials at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo said the endangered animal was last seen 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the park by a surprised motorist. The park said the panda escaped last Friday by...

Jury in Oregon sides with counties in timber revenue lawsuit

Nov. 20, 2019 7:44 PM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Fourteen counties that claimed Oregon deprived them of revenue for decades by limiting logging won a $1 billion lawsuit against the state on Wednesday. The four-week trial in Albany was focused on three words — “greatest permanent value” — and what they meant...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...