Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...

Government suggests taking Key deer off endangered list

Aug. 14, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The federal government is proposing to strip the tiny Key deer of its endangered species status despite what environmentalists say are continuing threats to the animal due to development in the Florida Keys, its only known habitat. The deer is America's smallest, growing to about 30 inches (76...

Federal agency to consider protections for lake sturgeon

Aug. 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they will consider extending legal protections to lake sturgeon — prehistoric fish once abundant in the Great Lakes but reduced to dangerously low numbers by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Conservation groups sue to block road in Alaska refuge

Aug. 7, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nine conservation groups on Wednesday sued the U.S. Interior Department over its latest proposed land trade that could lead to a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula contains internationally...

Walruses appear early on Alaska shore as sea ice recedes

Aug. 1, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of Pacific walruses have come to shore off the northwest coast of Alaska in their earliest appearance since sea ice has substantially receded. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage received a report that several thousand walruses were gathered Tuesday on the...

Appeals court vacates key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

Jul. 26, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday tossed out a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that deals with the project's effects on threatened or endangered species, saying a federal agency had apparently "lost sight of its mandate." A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Deal reached for land swap for road through wildlife refuge

Jul. 24, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new land exchange agreement aimed at constructing a road through a national wildlife refuge has been signed by an Alaska Native corporation and the Interior Department, village community leaders announced Wednesday. The exchange would trade land owned by King Cove Corp. for...

Agency says mining near Okefenokee poses 'substantial risks'

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that manages the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp says a private company's plan to mine minerals near the swamp edge could pose "substantial risks" to the environment, and some damage may be irreversible. The written comments from the U.S. Fish and...

Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee...

Congress probes approval of Trump backer's housing project

Jul. 10, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit after a wildlife official said the housing project would threaten habitat for imperiled species. U.S. Rep. Raúl...