Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Prominent Indiana environmentalist leaving leadership post

Oct. 16, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana’s most prominent environmental activists has decided to leave his leadership position. The Hoosier Environmental Council announced earlier this month that Jesse Kharbanda will be stepping down as its executive director after 14 years...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

2-headed baby turtle thrives at Massachusetts animal refuge

Oct. 12, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and kicking — with all six of its legs — at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after hatching two weeks ago. A threatened species in the state, this turtle is feeding well...

China pledges $230 million for biodiversity fund at UN meet

Oct. 12, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday pledged about $230 million to establish a fund to protect biodiversity in developing countries. President Xi Jinping, speaking by video to a U.N. conference in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, said that China would put in 1.5...

Idaho reaches deal to reimburse hunters who kill wolves

Oct. 11, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials will make available up to $200,000 to be divided into payments for hunters and trappers who kill wolves in the state through next summer. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game late last month entered into an agreement with a nonprofit...

Vermont bald eagle restoration follows years of trying

Oct. 07, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

Thirteen years after Vermont lost the ignominious distinction of being the only state in the continental United States without any breeding pairs of bald eagles, the state is moving to remove the iconic national symbol from its list of threatened and endangered species. ...

Endangered status proposed for Nevada flower at lithium mine

Oct. 01, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials proposed endangered species protections Friday for a desert wildflower known to exist only on a remote Nevada ridge where an Australian company plans a lithium mine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule...

Native Hawaii fern that was feared extinct is found alive

Sep. 30, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A fern species that was believed to be extinct when the last known specimen died on Hawaii's Big Island has been found on the island of Kauai. The native pendant kihi fern, which only grows on the trunks of trees, was believed to be extinct for...

Officials: 3 Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

Sep. 30, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BIG CYPRESS, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers were killed by separate vehicle strikes earlier this week, officials said. That makes 18 panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of 24 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and...

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

Sep. 29, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or...