Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

Nevada reviews possible mining threat to unique wildflower

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is launching a comprehensive review of the status of a desert wildflower that isn't known to exist anywhere else in the world because of concerns about potential effects from new mining exploration. The move comes after the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump...

Bringing the world's buried wetlands back from the dead

Nov. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HINDOLVESTON, England (AP) — The ghosts are all around the gently rolling farmlands of eastern England. But you have to know where to look. These are not the kind of phantoms that scare or haunt — they are ghost ponds. Over the years, landowners buried them, filling in wetlands so they had more land...

Louisiana man gets probation in whooping crane death

Nov. 1, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

A Louisiana man was sentenced to probation Friday for killing one of the state's oldest whooping cranes . Gilvin P. Aucoin Jr., of Ville Platte, shot the endangered whooping crane in July 2018 in Evangeline Parish. In a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst, Aucoin changed his plea to guilty...

The Latest: Man gets probation for killing whooping crane

Nov. 1, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

The Latest on a man sentenced for killing a whooping crane (all times local): 5 p.m. A Louisiana man has been sentenced to probation for killing one of the state's oldest whooping cranes. In a hearing Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst, Gilvin P. Aucoin Jr. changed his plea to guilty for a...

Nevada suit seeks to protect rare wildflower from mining

Oct. 31, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are suing the Trump administration to try to block mining exploration in Nevada they say would wipe out the only known population of a desert wildflower. The Center for Biological Diversity filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this...

Bulldozer rescues manatee stuck in Georgia sand at low tide

Oct. 30, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia wildlife officials used a bulldozer to help rescue a manatee that got stuck in sand near Savannah. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the large manatee was navigating a manmade shortcut between rivers near Savannah on Oct. 1 when it got stranded at low tide....

Federal wildlife official sentenced for sexual assault

Oct. 30, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A federal program administrator overseeing endangered species policy for Washington state was sentenced to a month in jail for sexually assaulting a female co-worker while attending a conference in Oregon. The Bulletin reports Eric Rickerson was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to...

Man gets prison for stealing lemur from California zoo

Oct. 28, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who admitted stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo has been sentenced to three months in federal prison. Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach on Monday was also ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution to the Santa Ana Zoo. The 19-year-old pleaded...