Latest Habitat destruction News

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

Nov. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases are set to go to auction. The move came after a judge blocked a Trump administration attempt to curtail protection of habitat...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Lizard protections sought in Southwest amid US oil boom

Oct. 1, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small lizard found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation's richest oil basins is at the center of a legal complaint filed Tuesday. Environmentalists want the U.S. government to add the lizard to the endangered species list as part of a fight...

Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story

Sep. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield,...

US appeals court to decide fight over jaguar habitat

Sep. 25, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to a federal appeals court to decide whether tens of thousands of acres in New Mexico should be reserved as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers representing farmers and...

Court halts timber activity in Southwest over threatened owl

Sep. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. judge has halted tree-cutting activities across thousands of square miles of the Southwest until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of a threatened owl. The order issued by the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona, covers 18,750 square...

Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species is swimming in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat...