Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Montana seeks to end protections for Glacier-area grizzlies

Dec. 06, 2021 18:33 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift threatened species protections for grizzly bears in the northern portion of the state, including areas in and around Glacier National Park, officials said Monday. The request, if granted, would...

Lawsuit seeks to stop wolf trapping and snaring in Idaho

Dec. 06, 2021 17:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a dozen environmental groups on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to block Idaho’s recently expanded wolf trapping and snaring regulations. The Center for Biological Diversity and others in the lawsuit filed against Republican Gov. Brad Little and state...

Endangered whale gives birth while entangled in fishing rope

Dec. 06, 2021 16:52 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists spotted an endangered right whale dragging a length of fishing rope caught in its mouth as it swam with a newborn calf off the Georgia coast, a rare confirmation of a birth by an entangled whale that experts determined they can't safely attempt to help. ...

Repairs discussed for trail system decimated by bomb cyclone

Dec. 06, 2021 01:20 AM EST

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A key component to the rebuilding of the Auld-Brokaw Maintenance and Recreational Trail System and stabilizing the banks of Marne Creek is about to commence. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been providing notice of its intent to relevant...

First whooping cranes of season arrive at Alabama refuge

Dec. 05, 2021 10:20 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — The first whooping cranes of the season have arrived at Alabama's Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge along the Tennessee River. The Decatur Daily reported that the endangered birds, which spend the winter at the 35,000-acre (14,164-hectare) refuge in...

High court keeps limits on lobster fishing to protect whales

Dec. 03, 2021 18:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday against Maine lobster fishermen who sought to block new fishing restrictions that are designed to protect rare whales. The new rules make an approximately 950-square-mile area of the Gulf of Maine essentially...

Feds seek to protect map turtles in 4 Gulf states, Georgia

Nov. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it is proposing threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, seeking to grant added federal protections to an at-risk species found only in Louisiana and Mississippi. “These native...

Hawaiian monk seal dies after battle with parasitic disease

Nov. 22, 2021 15:58 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A male Hawaiian monk seal has died at a Big Island marine mammal hospital after a five-week battle with toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic disease spread by cat feces, officials said Monday. Toxoplasmosis is the biggest disease threat facing the...

Wolf killed in Washington state for preying on cattle

Nov. 22, 2021 14:03 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Monday that an adult male wolf was killed in Columbia County, drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who contend endangered wolves should not be slain for preying on livestock. The wolf...

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:41 AM EST

CALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have hailed as a milestone. The case includes nine...