Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Feds seek to protect map turtles in 4 Gulf states, Georgia

Nov. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it is proposing threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, seeking to grant added federal protections to an at-risk species found only in Louisiana and Mississippi. “These native...

New Standing Rock ferrets should help control prairie dogs

Nov. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The work of two wildlife management agencies has resulted in the release of 28 endangered black-footed ferrets on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the Dakotas. The push behind the effort by the Standing...

US considers creating national marine sanctuary off Hawaii

Nov. 19, 2021 13:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering additional protections for waters off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA announced the proposal to designate oceanic areas of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which is...

New Orleans Audubon Zoo welcomes rescued young jaguar

Nov. 18, 2021 16:45 PM EST

The New Orleans Audubon Zoo has taken in a 7-month-old female jaguar that was rescued from wildlife trafficking, zoo officials announced. The jaguar was rescued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums then asked the New Orleans zoo...

Group works to keep grizzly bears out of garbage dump sites

Nov. 13, 2021 08:28 AM EST

GLEN, Mont. (AP) — Kim Johnston is trying to get ahead of grizzly bears before they start showing up in new places around the High Divide, like in Glen, a town north of Dillon. Just last fall, a trail camera caught footage of a grizzly roaming through the Brown’s...

Fight over US wolf protections goes before federal judge

Nov. 12, 2021 13:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. government attorney urged a federal judge Friday to uphold a decision from the waning days of the Trump administration that lifted protections for gray wolves across most of the country, as Republican-led states have sought to drive down wolf numbers through...

Feds abandon plan to shrink habitat of rare red wolves

Nov. 10, 2021 19:32 PM EST

Federal wildlife officials overseeing the world's only wild population of endangered red wolves announced Wednesday that they are abandoning a 2018 plan to limit the animals' territory and loosen protections for wolves that strayed from that area. The U.S. Fish and...

Well-known grizzly, 4 cubs spotted in Wyoming downtown

Nov. 10, 2021 17:48 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A grizzly bear and her four cubs who are already well-known to wildlife watchers got even more attention by taking a nighttime stroll through a city in northwestern Wyoming. Security video showed the bears wandering around downtown Jackson on...

'Faulty' science used by Trump appointees to cut owl habitat

Nov. 09, 2021 17:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of West...

Cubs of Wyoming food-raising grizzly trapped, collared

Nov. 08, 2021 18:28 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife managers in northwestern Wyoming have put tracking collars on two of four cubs belonging to a well-known grizzly bear that has been raiding human sources of food. Wildlife watchers have been familiar with Grizzly No. 399 for years,...