Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...

Rare whales arrival earlier than typical in Cape Cod Bay

Dec. 12, 2018 2:47 PM EST

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Marine scientists say endangered North Atlantic right whales have been spotted in Cape Cod Bay for the first time this feeding season. The Center for Coastal Studies says its aerial surveillance team saw seven right whales in the bay on Tuesday. They are among about 411 left in...

Plan would keep about 1,000 bears in northwest Montana

Dec. 10, 2018 7:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners adopted a grizzly bear conservation plan Monday that would maintain the largest population of the bruins in the Lower 48 at roughly current numbers even if the species loses its federal protections. The plan sets a target of at least 800 grizzlies...

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

Dec. 6, 2018 8:38 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released...

The Latest: Nevada Democratic Sen. critical of grouse plan

Dec. 6, 2018 8:24 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's efforts to ease drilling restrictions that were put in place to protect a declining bird species (all times local): 6:15 p.m. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is sharply criticizing the Trump administration's new move to ease...

New parasite decimates giant clam species in Mediterranean

Dec. 4, 2018 5:49 AM EST

ANAVYSSOS, Greece (AP) — With rapid efficiency, a mysterious parasite is seeking out and killing a giant species of clam found only in the Mediterranean Sea. Unless scientists can find a way of stopping it soon, they say the mollusk could go extinct. For thousands of years, the emblematic noble pen shell...

Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling

Nov. 30, 2018 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other...

Feds extend review of red wolf management

Nov. 30, 2018 2:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they'll extend their review of red wolf management in North Carolina after a judge ruled that a plan to shrink the territory of the only wild population of the animals violates endangered species protections. In a statement posted online Thursday, the U.S. Fish...

Supreme Court orders new look at case of endangered frog

Nov. 27, 2018 5:26 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal judges must look again at an agency's decision to declare a tract of Louisiana timberland "critical habitat" for an endangered Southeastern frog, following a ruling Tuesday by the nation's highest court. The U.S. Supreme Court's 8-0 ruling concerns the endangered dusky gopher...

Thai billionaire appears in court as poaching trial begins

Nov. 27, 2018 3:25 AM EST

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (AP) — The trial of a Thai billionaire construction tycoon charged with poaching an endangered black panther and other animals in a wildlife sanctuary began Tuesday after months of delay. Premchai Karnasuta, the president of Italian-Thai Development PLC, appeared at the provincial...