Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Officials eye ways to protect squirrels near Idaho dam

Apr. 19, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials are eyeing ways to protect a threatened squirrel species amid plans to expand a dam in western Idaho. The Idaho Water Resource Board has approved spending up to $30,000 to study mitigation options involving the effects of the Lost Valley Dam expansion project on the northern...

Bat key to tequila trade gets off US endangered species list

Apr. 17, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the U.S. endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's announcement Tuesday made the lesser...

Parasite transmitted by ticks found in Canada lynx

Apr. 16, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Canada lynx, listed as a threatened species by the federal government, may have one more thing to worry about. University of New Hampshire scientists on Monday announced they have discovered a previously undiagnosed parasite transmitted by ticks as well as a virus in the...

Saving the bison: Polish bison off to help Spanish herd grow

Apr. 16, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Seven young female bison from Poland are being shipped off to help boost a herd in Spain and expand the population of Europe's largest animal, which is on the endangered species list. Michal Krzysiak, head of the Bialowieza National Park in eastern Poland, said the bison — aged...

Researchers to keep working to free whale from fishing line

Apr. 14, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Researchers off the coast of Provincetown said Saturday they'll keep trying to free an endangered North Atlantic right whale from fishing line wrapped around her jaw. The whale, dubbed "Kleenex," is a great-grandmother to six calves that was first spotted in Cape Cod Bay in 1977....

Substitute teacher charged with running student 'fight club'

Apr. 12, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A former substitute teacher is charged with supervising a student "fight club" at a Connecticut high school. Police say cellphone videos show 23-year-old Ryan Fish encouraging students as they slap each other in the middle of a classroom at Montville High School. Fish pleaded not...

Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list

Apr. 11, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Kirtland's warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed dropping legal...

U.S. agency wants to protect butterfly found only on island

Apr. 11, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare white and green butterfly found only on Washington's San Juan Island. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday announced that it is proposing to list the island marble butterfly as an endangered species and designate...

Facebook puts ads on pages illegally selling animal parts

Apr. 10, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations along with content from group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth. In a secret complaint...

NOAA asks boaters to slow down for right whales off Virginia

Apr. 10, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking mariners to slow down off of Virginia Beach to protect a group of five endangered right whales seen in the area. NOAA says the animals were spotted 69 nautical miles northeast of Virginia Beach on Tuesday. It's asking...