Latest Endangered and extinct species News

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

In this photo taken Saturday, May 2, 2020, a family of elephants graze in Ol Pejeta conservancy, Kenya. Wildlife tourism is a major source of revenue for countries like Kenya and with African wildlife parks hit hard by the disappearance of tourists due to travel restrictions and the new coronavirus, some operators are now sharing broadcasts of safaris on social media in the hope that attention to endangered and other species doesn't fade. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Virtual safaris keep wildlife in sight for absent tourists

May. 20, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

NANYUKI, Kenya (AP) — Virtual safaris are helping to distract people under coronavirus lockdowns while attracting badly needed support for African wildlife parks hit hard by the disappearance of tourists. Wildlife tourism is a major source of revenue for countries like Kenya. Some operators are now sharing...

Dam operators must now make water temp control plan

May. 13, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology in an historic move has required federal operators of eight dams on in the Columbia-Snake rivers to create a plan to keep the waters cold enough for adult salmon survival. Conservation groups said the “game-changing decision”...

Conservation groups ask Washington state to kill less wolves

May. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Conservation groups on Monday asked the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to sharply limit the number of endangered wolves that are killed over conflicts with livestock. The state has killed 31 wolves since 2012, under a system that environmental groups contend favors ranchers...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, a grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. Wyoming and U.S. officials are urging an appeals court to reverse much of a judge's ruling that blocked state-sponsored hunting of the animals. (Alan Rogers/Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

US, Wyoming urge rejection of ruling that blocked bear hunts

May. 5, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the U.S. government and the state of Wyoming urged an appeals court Tuesday to throw out much of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case is before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals....

In this Friday, May 1, 2020 grab taken from webcam footage, provided by Ouwehands Zoo, giant panda Wu Wen holds her newly born cub, at Ouwehands Zoo, in Rhenen, Netherlands,  A giant panda loaned by China to a Dutch zoo as part of a breeding pair has given birth to a cub, the zoo announced Saturday, May 2, 2020. The mother, Wu Wen, and her cub

Patter of tiny paws: Giant panda gives birth at Dutch zoo

May. 2, 2020 6:56 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A giant panda loaned by China to a Dutch zoo as part of a breeding pair has given birth to a cub, the zoo announced Saturday. The mother, Wu Wen, and her cub "are staying in the maternity den and are doing well,” Ouwehands Zoo said in a statement. The zoo said following...

FILE - In this April 10, 2008, file photo, three right whale tails surface in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A judge’s April 9, 2020, ruling that the federal government didn’t take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will likely result in another months-long court battle. Right whales number only about 400 in the midst of a population decline. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Right whales: Lawsuit on protections could last for months

Apr. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge's ruling that the federal government didn't take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will probably result in another monthslong court battle, parties to the lawsuit said. Environmental groups sued the U.S. government with a claim that regulators’ failure to...

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant stands in Waterloo, Iowa, date not known. On Friday, April 17, 2020, more than a dozen Iowa elected officials asked Tyson to close the pork processing plant because of the spread of the coronavirus among its workforce of nearly 3,000 people. (Jeff Reinitz/The Courier via AP)

Officials implore Tyson to close plant amid virus outbreak

Apr. 17, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen Iowa elected officials on Friday implored Tyson Fresh Meats to close their Waterloo pork processing plant, saying the coronavirus is spreading among workers and is endangering both employees and the surrounding community. Mayors, county officials and state...

This March 11, 2020 photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline where it crosses into the U.S. from Canada in Phillips County, Mont. A Canadian company said Monday, April 6, 2020, that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Al Nash/Bureau of Land Management via AP)

US judge cancels permit for Keystone XL pipeline from Canada

Apr. 15, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge canceled a key permit Wednesday for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that’s expected to stretch from Canada to Nebraska, another setback for the disputed project that got underway less than two weeks ago following years of delays. Judge Brian Morris said the U.S. Army...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. A judge ruled on Thursday, April 9, 2020, that the federal government had failed to adequately protect endangered whales from lobster fishing activities. Environmental groups had sued the U.S. government with a claim regulators' failure to prevent the North Atlantic right whale from harm was a violation of the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Judge: Failure to help whales skirts Endangered Species Act

Apr. 10, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled the federal government failed to adequately protect endangered whales from lobster fishing activities, sending the industry and regulators scrambling to figure out what the future holds for one of America's most lucrative marine industries. Environmental groups sued...