Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

Jul. 19, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how...

In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

Jul. 19, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. In an email to Congress, a top...

Trump administration proposes limiting habitat protections for endangered species

Jul. 19, 2018 1:29 PM EDT
DENVER (AP) — Trump administration proposes limiting habitat protections for endangered species.

US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

Jul. 18, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said...

Pentagon objects to GOP rider blocking protection of birds

Jul. 18, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. The Defense Department says in a position paper made public...

Correction: US-China Tariffs-The Latest story

Jul. 13, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In a story July 12 about the latest developments in the U.S.-China trade war, The Associated Press erroneously reported that 200,000 jobs at an Alabama Hyundai plant could be jeopardized if the U.S. imposes higher auto tariffs. The plant employs 3,500 people. A corrected version of the story...

Louisiana's whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year

Jul. 13, 2018 1:14 AM EDT

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. (AP) — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They're only 2 months old, but they dwarf the full-grown great egrets nearby. Their tall white parents bugle alarm at an ATV and people...

Nathaniel Reed, tireless environmental advocate, dies at 84

Jul. 12, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

Nathaniel Pryor Reed, a tireless environmental advocate who helped craft the U.S. Endangered Species Act, has died in Quebec. He was 84. Adrian Reed told The Associated Press his father fell and clipped his head on a rock July 3 after catching and releasing a salmon on the Grand Cascapedia River, one of his...

Beach rarity: Loggerhead sea turtle lays eggs in Delaware

Jul. 11, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle has laid eggs in Delaware and officials say it's a rare event for the state. Rob Hossler is wildlife administrator for the state's fish and wildlife division. He tells The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, that the turtle laid eggs Sunday on Fenwick...

Suit: Louisiana black bear needs renewed federal protection

Jul. 9, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The real-life bears that inspired toy teddy bears should get renewed federal protection, according to a lawsuit recently brought against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Environmental groups, including Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and others filed the lawsuit...