Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

More land added to state forest with endangered bat habitat

May. 20, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) — More land has been added to a state forest in eastern Kentucky that has endangered bat habitat, officials said. The 238-acre (96-hectare) parcel known as the McGlone tract will increase the size of the Tygarts State Forest in Carter County to 1,184 acres, a...

Judge: Trump administration illegally withdrew bird listing

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the Trump administration acted illegally in 2020 when it withdrew an earlier proposal to list as threatened a hen-sized bird found only in the high desert along the California-Nevada line. It’s the latest development in the on-again,...

Reward offered for information on endangered red wolf death

May. 14, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the shooting death of an endangered red wolf in North Carolina. The wolf was found in a muddy field in Tyrrell County on April 15, according to the U.S....

Proposed revision of Mexican wolf management plan draws fire

May. 13, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers want to see at least 320 Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest within the next several years as they try to recover an endangered species that for decades has been the focus of political strife and litigation. While a population...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 12, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

The Index-Journal. May 10, 2022. Editorial: It is all so tiring, but doesn’t have to be We are tired. We are tired of asking questions. We are tired of getting few answers. We are tired of being told all is well, corrective measures have been taken...

Bird flu takes unheard-of toll on bald eagles, other birds

May. 05, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bird flu is killing an alarming number of bald eagles and other wild birds, with many sick birds arriving at rehabilitation centers unsteady on their talons and unable to fly. “It’s quite a sight to see an eagle with a six-foot wingspan having uncontrollable...

SC wildlife officials find first sea turtle nest of season

May. 03, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officials in South Carolina are reporting the discovery of the season’s first sea turtle nest. Monday's discovery comes one day after the official start of the 2022 turtle nesting season. The South Carolina Department of...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 28, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

Post and Courier. April 26, 2022. Editorial: Welcome steps to protect horseshoe crabs, but SC needs yet another It’s been a good week for those concerned about the health of South Carolina’s horseshoe crab population — and also about the viability of the...

Canada lynx protections deal sealed by US, environmentalists

Apr. 27, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to craft a new habitat plan for the snow-loving Canada lynx that could include more land in Colorado and other western states where the rare animals would be protected, according to a legal agreement made public Tuesday. ...

Protections sought for Western bird linked to piñon forests

Apr. 26, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Collecting piñon nuts has been tradition for Native American and Hispanic families in the Southwestern U.S. for generations. But environmentalists are concerned that without the pinyon jay — a very social bird that essentially plants the next generation...