Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

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...

Chinese national had 300 turtles smuggled from US to China

Nov. 27, 2019 8:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Chinese national and an accomplice from Eugene smuggled over 300 live turtles into China from the United States, after buying them from reptile dealers across the country. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Xiao Dong Qin of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...

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...

Conservation groups sue to rewrite bull trout recovery plan

Nov. 24, 2019 10:55 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A trio of conservation groups are suing the U.S. government over its plan for the recovery of threatened bull trout. Save the Bull Trout, Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit against the heads of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S....

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...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are contesting a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. The groups say allowing the use of bait could harm federally protected grizzly bears. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish...

Victim sues ex-federal wildlife official over sexual assault

Nov. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A federal employee who was sexually assaulted by her boss during a conference in Sunriver is suing him for $843,000. The Bulletin reports the woman, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, filed suit against Eric Rickerson Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit...

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...