Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Mexican gray wolf that tried to cross border shot in leg

Jan. 29, 2022 00:14 AM EST

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf that drew media attention late last year after it appeared to spend five days pacing along the border fence separating New Mexico from Mexico has been found with a serious gunshot wound. The Center for Biological Diversity...

Man sentenced for bid to illegally ship lizards to Hong Kong

Jan. 26, 2022 07:56 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who illegally tried to send 10 live lizards to Hong Kong has been sentenced to three years of probation, including with six months of home confinement. Jason Ksepka, 44, of Farmingdale, had pleaded guilty last September to falsely labeling an...

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

Jan. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be...

Bullock an initial board member for public lands foundation

Jan. 20, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze are two of the first four board members of a new nonprofit foundation created to help leverage public and private funds to conserve, protect and restore land managed by the Bureau of...

Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

Jan. 17, 2022 17:21 PM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have...

Wyoming tries again to remove Yellowstone grizzly protection

Jan. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has asked the federal government to remove grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a request which if approved could allow the animals to be hunted. The bears' recovery from as few as 136...

Endangered Mexican gray wolf found dead in northern Arizona

Jan. 07, 2022 17:55 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf that had been roaming around northern Arizona has been found dead, federal officials confirmed Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the male wolf was killed sometime last weekend. Authorities said the incident is...

Casco Bay watershed acres to be protected in Maine

Dec. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EST

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine conservation authorities are going to use more than $450,000 in federal money to protect dozens of acres of coastal wetlands in the southern part of the state. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received the grant from the U.S....

Tiny pygmy owl has renewed chance at protection in Arizona

Dec. 24, 2021 10:39 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tiny desert owl known for nesting in Arizona’s saguaro cactus may get some federal protection restored, according to a proposal from federal wildlife officials. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week formally registered a proposal to list the cactus...

California commission OKs poisoning plan for wildlife refuge

Dec. 17, 2021 21:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to poison invasive mice threatening rare seabirds on the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The agency that regulates California's coastline voted 5-3 Thursday night to approve a plan to drop about...