Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

US wildlife service considering endangered status for tiny snail near Nevada lithium mine

Feb. 08, 2024 17:47 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have agreed to conduct a full, year-long review to determine whether a tiny snail found only in high-desert springs near a huge lithium mine being built along the Nevada-Oregon line should be listed as a threatened or endangered species. ...

US won't restore protections for wolves in Rockies, proposes national recovery plan

Feb. 02, 2024 18:33 PM EST

Federal wildlife officials on Friday rejected requests from conservation groups to restore protections for gray wolves across the northern U.S Rocky Mountains, saying the predators are in no danger of extinction as some states seek to reduce their numbers through hunting. The U.S...

Federal officials consider adding 10 more species, including a big bumble bee, to endangered list

Jan. 24, 2024 14:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials announced Wednesday they will consider adding 10 new species to the Endangered Species Act, including a big bumble bee that serves as a key pollinator across the United States. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said they had...

Most money for endangered species goes to a small number of creatures, leaving others in limbo

Dec. 30, 2023 01:08 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Since passage of the Endangered Species Act 50 years ago, more than 1,700 plants, mammals, fish, insects and other species in the U.S. have been listed as threatened or endangered with extinction. Yet federal government data reveals striking disparities in how much money is...

Federal judge denies cattle industry’s request to temporarily halt wolf reintroduction in Colorado

Dec. 15, 2023 21:48 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has allowed the reintroduction of gray wolves in Colorado to move forward in the coming days by denying a request Friday from the state’s cattle industry for a temporary delay in the predators’ release. While the lawsuit will continue, Judge Regina...

Wildlife conservation groups sue over lack of plan for railroad to reduce grizzly deaths in Montana

Dec. 15, 2023 18:15 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two wildlife conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway over delays in finalizing a plan to reduce the number of federally protected grizzly bears that are killed by trains in northwestern Montana and northern Idaho. WildEarth Guardians and...

US judge to decide Friday if Colorado can reintroduce wolves over cattle industry objections

Dec. 14, 2023 16:43 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge said she would decide by Friday whether to temporarily halt the impending reintroduction of gray wolves to Colorado under a voter-approved initiative, after representatives of the state's cattle industry went to court to try to stop the predators' release. ...

Florida discontinues manatee winter feeding program after seagrass conditions improve

Dec. 05, 2023 11:49 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A two-year experimental feeding program for starving Florida manatees will not immediately resume this winter as conditions have improved for the threatened marine mammals and the seagrass on which they depend, wildlife officials said. Thousands of...