Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

US may lift protections for Yellowstone, Glacier grizzlies

Feb. 03, 2023 19:42 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration took a first step Friday toward ending federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which would open the door to future hunting in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said state...

Customs agents discover dolphin skull at Detroit airport

Feb. 03, 2023 17:22 PM EST

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Customs agents say they discovered a dolphin skull in luggage left at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that agents found the skull last week when they conducted a routine x-ray scan of the luggage,...

Rare southern New Mexico butterfly now an endangered species

Jan. 30, 2023 18:26 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly in New Mexico as an endangered species, an environmental group said Monday. The orange and dark-brown butterfly is found only in high-elevation meadows in the...

Agency delays protections for imperiled bat, prairie chicken

Jan. 25, 2023 16:27 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration is temporarily delaying stepped-up legal protections for two imperiled species following efforts by congressional Republicans to derail the actions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday it was postponing...

US: 5 species on California island no longer endangered

Jan. 25, 2023 15:10 PM EST

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Four types of plants and a bird species on the U.S. Navy-owned San Clemente Island off Southern California no longer require Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. The fully recovered species include the San...

Mexican gray wolf that roamed beyond recovery area captured

Jan. 23, 2023 12:22 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A female Mexican gray wolf that roamed beyond the endangered species’ recovery area into the more northern reaches of New Mexico has been captured, authorities said Monday. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish used a helicopter to locate and capture...

Rare attack in Alaska renews interest in polar bear patrols

Jan. 20, 2023 15:52 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For isolated communities at the top of the world, keeping the planet’s largest land predators -- polar bears -- out of town is key to coexistence. That can mean patrolling for the animals by snowmobile or four-wheeler, shooing them away with spotlights or...

Debate reignites as lone Mexican gray wolf roams New Mexico

Jan. 19, 2023 14:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A female Mexican gray wolf has roamed beyond the endangered species’ recovery area into the more northern reaches of New Mexico, according to authorities. That has reignited a debate over whether the predators should be confined to a certain stretch of the...

Endangered Mexican wolf treks further north in New Mexico

Jan. 10, 2023 18:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf has roamed beyond the species’ recovery area into the more northern reaches of New Mexico, reigniting a debate over whether the predators should be confined to a certain stretch of the southwestern U.S. as wildlife managers work to boost...

Conservationists: Feds not protecting rare plant from cattle

Jan. 10, 2023 17:14 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are heading back to court to try to force federal land managers to remove cattle that are grazing on U.S. rangeland designated as critical habitat for an endangered wildflower at a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. The Center for Biological...