Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve

Mar. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities...

Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia

Mar. 19, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (AP) — An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat. An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun...

US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

Mar. 15, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

Activists report probable dead vaquita porpoise in Mexico

Mar. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday that it found the body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the world. The group said the remains were too badly decomposed for immediate identification and had been turned over to...

Wolves prove resilient, but proposal could curtail expansion

Mar. 14, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to strip gray wolves of their remaining federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S. West and Great Lakes, yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states where hunting and trapping occur. Thursday's Interior...

UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

Mar. 13, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and...

Officials eye restrictions involving endangered whales

Mar. 7, 2019 5:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. officials are considering whether new fishing restrictions are necessary to help prevent the extinction of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound. The Seattle Times reports that new evidence of the fish the whales depend on and the risk posed to orcas by depleted prey has...

Congressional panel to look at threats to right whales

Mar. 7, 2019 9:39 AM EST

A Congressional panel is holding a hearing about the threats facing endangered North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 411. A subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will hold the hearing on Thursday. The whales have declined in population in recent years due to high mortality...

US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it's premature

Mar. 6, 2019 8:07 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the authority to...

The Latest: Farm group applauds plan to drop wolf protection

Mar. 6, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states (all times local): 1:20 p.m. A group representing farmers and ranchers is praising a federal agency's proposal to drop protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states. The...