Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court

Jan. 21, 2022 00:28 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis. Ormat Technologies says it...

Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

Jan. 17, 2022 17:21 PM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have...

Wyoming tries again to remove Yellowstone grizzly protection

Jan. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has asked the federal government to remove grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a request which if approved could allow the animals to be hunted. The bears' recovery from as few as 136...

US judge blocks work at Nevada geothermal plant for 90 days

Jan. 04, 2022 19:16 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he intends to temporarily block any construction work for 90 days at a proposed geothermal power plant in Nevada that opponents said would destroy a sacred tribal site and could result in extinction of a rare toad being considered for endangered...

New California wildlife preserve gives animals room to roam

Jan. 03, 2022 20:04 PM EST

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) — Mountain lions, eagles, salamanders and other protected animals will have room to roam without threat of encroaching development thanks to a vast new nature preserve that creates a wildlife corridor connecting Northern and Southern California. The Randall...

Conservation group lands $1M to protect biodiverse forest

Jan. 02, 2022 09:48 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group has landed a $1 million gift aimed at protecting and improving a central Indiana nature preserve that’s part of one of the state’s most biodiverse forested areas. The donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their family to the...

Lawsuit seeks to block 2 geothermal power plants in Nevada

Dec. 31, 2021 15:38 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists and tribal leaders are suing the U.S. government to try to block construction of two geothermal plants in northern Nevada’s high desert that they say will destroy a sacred hot springs and could push a rare toad to the brink of extinction. The...

Maine intervenes over lobstering rules to protect whales

Dec. 30, 2021 12:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been granted intervenor status in a federal lawsuit brought over new lobstering restrictions intended to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released...

Tennessee secures 1,000 acres to expand wildlife area

Dec. 29, 2021 04:16 AM EST

SHERWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — More than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) have been added to southcentral Tennessee's Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Managment Area, connecting two sections of the WMA that were previously divided. The Conservation Fund purchased the property in March 2021 to buy...

Tiny pygmy owl has renewed chance at protection in Arizona

Dec. 24, 2021 10:39 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tiny desert owl known for nesting in Arizona’s saguaro cactus may get some federal protection restored, according to a proposal from federal wildlife officials. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week formally registered a proposal to list the cactus...