Latest Endangered Species Act of 1973 News

Enviros want salmon listed on Maine endangered list

Jun. 2, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species. Maine's rivers were once full of the salmon, but their population was decimated by overfishing, damming and environmental factors. They return only to a few...

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Volunteer to help with crowds at Wyoming grizzly sightings

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Near mile marker 11 on Togwotee Pass, Tiffany Huynh wanted to know what all the commotion was about. Two grizzly bears, someone informed her, were snoozing. A look came over her. Fists started pumping in the air. “Yessssss,” an exhilarated Huynh hissed....

Nesting loggerhead turtle found dead, investigation underway

May. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service said Monday it is investigating after a nesting loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, with signs that the creature was run over by a vehicle. The female turtle came onto the beach early Monday morning and had begun...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, a young black bear climbs down from a tree near Woodland Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A federal court on Thursday May 7, 2020 says a lawsuit seeking to ban using bait for hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming can continue. (Tess Freeman/Coeur D'Alene Press via AP, File)

Judge allows lawsuit to ban bear baiting in Idaho, Wyoming

May. 8, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to ban using bait for hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming can continue, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Thursday in favor of three environmental groups who contend the practice has led to hunters killing...

Group: Funds meant for chicken conservation misused

May. 1, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are questioning spending by wildlife managers who oversee a conservation effort for the lesser prairie chicken after money was used on a building and salaries rather than on projects to help the bird. Once listed as a threatened species, the chicken’s...

Maine pols: Feds must step up to protect lobster fishery now

Apr. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in the Maine Legislature are calling on the federal government to protect the lobster fishery in the wake of a ruling about protection of rare whales. A federal judge ruled earlier this month that the federal government's failure to protect North Atlantic right whales...

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...

Experts report wolf population is stable in Wyoming

Apr. 22, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The wolf population in Wyoming has reached about 300 animals, around the same number of wolves wildlife managers aimed to have before hunting was prohibited between 2014 and 2017. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department regained authority over the population after monitoring hunting...

Lawsuit filed to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

Apr. 20, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming, saying it would harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection filed the lawsuit...

NOAA reveals name of tourist who harassed Hawaiian monk seal

Apr. 20, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the name of a tourist caught on video harassing an endangered Hawaiian monk seal while visiting Oahu, despite a request by his attorney to keep his name confidential. Veniamin Khavrunyak paid a $500 settlement last month for a...