Latest Endangered and extinct species News

In this Sept. 12, 2020, photo provided by the Center For Biological Diversity, is the scene where thousands of rare desert wildflowers have been dug up at Rhyolite Ridge, about 200 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Federal officials are investigating the destruction of a significant portion of the remaining population of an extremely rare desert wildflower that's being considered for endangered species protection and could jeopardize plans to build a lithium mine in Nevada, the Associated Press has learned.  (Patrick Donnelly/Center For Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit seeks emergency listing of rare Nevada wildflower

Sep. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to try to force the emergency listing of a rare wildflower as an endangered species after much of its population was destroyed at the site of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. The federal lawsuit the Center for Biological...

California tightens rules on rat poisons that kill wildlife

Sep. 29, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill widely restricting the use of certain highly potent rat poisons that are blamed for killing mountain lions, birds and endangered wildlife. Assembly Bill 1788 bars the general use of so-called second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides,...

US proposes protections for rare thistle in New Mexico

Sep. 29, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a rare plant that was once found in the the American Southwest and Mexico as a threatened species. The agency outlined its intensions in Tuesday’s Federal Register. Aside from adding the Wright’s marsh thistle...

Agency proposes protections for 2 Eastern US mussel species

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Monday proposed listing as threatened two freshwater mussel species native to many eastern U.S. rivers and streams. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said longsolid and round hickorynut mussels have disappeared from some states and are doing poorly elsewhere....

Grizzlies killed in attacks on 2 bow hunters in Wyoming

Sep. 29, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — One hunter was injured and another unhurt by grizzly bears in two separate attacks in Wyoming. Neither bear survived the encounters, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The department gave few other details about the attacks in a statement Monday but said it was helping the...

This July 8, 2019, photo provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, shows a yellow-billed cuckoo. Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for removal, the Arizona Republic reports. (Peter Pearsall/United States Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Arizona's western yellow-billed cuckoo to remain protected

Sep. 27, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A beloved cuckoo bird won't go federally unprotected in Arizona. Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for its removal, the Arizona Republic...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a red-cockaded woodpecker looks to a biologist as it is released back into in a long leaf pine forest at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A bird declared endangered in 1970 -- the red-cockaded woodpecker, which taps pine sap to protect babies from snakes and gets its sons to help care for the next clutch of nestlings -- has recovered enough to relax federal protection, officials said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

Sep. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in 11 states' scattered longleaf pine forests, has recovered enough to relax its federal protection, officials said Friday. But not all wildlife advocates agree. “The red-cockaded woodpecker has flourished to the point that...

Another baby orca born to endangered southern residents

Sep. 25, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that another baby orca has been born to a pod of endangered southern resident orcas that frequent Puget Sound. It’s the second calf born this month for J pod, according to director Ken Balcomb, who confirmed the birth in a text message to...

Tennessee forms commission to halt invasive Asian carp

Sep. 24, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order establishing a commission that will provide advice on mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems, according to a news release. Asian carp were first imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and...

Wyoming governor: Let states, not courts, help species

Sep. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act would do more to help imperiled species recover rather than keep them under federal protection indefinitely, Wyoming's governor testified before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday. A bill introduced by Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso...