Latest Endangered and extinct species News

House backs bill to target wildlife trafficking

Jul. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill that allows the State Department to offer financial rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of wildlife traffickers who target endangered elephants, rhinos, lions and other species. The bill adds wildlife trafficking to the list of...

Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales

Jul. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said. She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan that would...

Condor chick confirmed at Zion National Park in Utah

Jul. 11, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sweeping red-rock cliff at Utah's Zion National Park is now the home of a new California condor chick as the species makes a comeback in the wild three decades after they were on the brink of extinction, biologists have confirmed. The chick is believed to have hatched in early May...

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

Jul. 10, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery...

Thousands of endangered animals seized in customs operation

Jul. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that's led to the seizure of thousands of endangered animals and the arrest of nearly 600 suspects. The World Customs Organization and Interpol said Wednesday...

Canada announces new protections for rare right whales

Jul. 9, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

The Canadian government is announcing new protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales following a string of deaths and entanglements involving the marine mammals. Six of the whales have died in Canadian waters in the last several weeks, and necropsies show three of them appear to be due to vessel...

Man pleads guilty to stealing lemur from California zoo

Jul. 8, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who stole a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo has pleaded guilty to a federal crime. Nineteen-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach entered the plea Monday to unlawfully taking an endangered species. He could face up to a year in federal prison and a...

Southern resident orcas spotted after unusual absence

Jul. 6, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Breaking an unprecedented run of days this summer without frequenting their home waters, J, K and even possibly L pod southern resident orcas were recently seen on the west side of San Juan Island. The Seattle Times reports that the endangered orcas had not been here this summer, except for...

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

Jul. 3, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species. There are only a little more than 400 of the right whales left. All six of the dead whales have been found in the Gulf...

Changes to lobster fishery to help whales might arrive 2021

Jun. 27, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Changes to the Maine lobster fishery designed to help a critically endangered species of whale might arrive in 2021 after a lengthy rulemaking process. A team assembled by the federal government has called for the removal of half the vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to...