Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Wind energy boom and golden eagles collide in the US West

Aug. 17, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators — the golden eagle — as the species teeters on the edge of decline. Ground zero in the conflict is Wyoming, a stronghold...

Prehistoric fish may spawn in Georgia: 1st time in 50 years

Aug. 17, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

Scientists and students embarking on a census of Georgia lake sturgeon have found three females with mature eggs — an indication the armored “living fossils” may be reproducing in that state for the first time in a half-century. "It’s exciting because it’s confirmation that...

Protection sought for rare butterflies at Nevada site

Aug. 16, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists who are already suing to block a geothermal power plant where an endangered toad lives in western Nevada are now seeking U.S. protection for a rare butterfly at another geothermal project the developer plans near the Oregon line. The Center for...

Report: Climate change a challenge for Idaho wildlife

Aug. 02, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Climate change could make it more challenging to conserve and manage the state’s most at-risk fish, wildlife and plants, Idaho officials said. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Monday released its draft Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan that will guide...

Geothermal plant wins appeal but pauses Nevada construction

Aug. 01, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev.— (AP) — The developer of a geothermal power plant facing legal challenges in Nevada agreed Monday to suspend construction just hours after a U.S. appeals court had refused to halt the project that opponents say would harm an endangered toad and destroy sacred hot springs. ...

Nevada court fights raise caution flags on green energy push

Jul. 24, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Opposition from friends, not foes, is creating potential roadblocks to President Joe Biden’s green energy agenda on federal lands in the blue-leaning, Western swing state of Nevada. Two lithium mines and a geothermal power plant in the works in the biggest U.S....

Biden administration reverses Trump endangered species rule

Jul. 21, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Wednesday canceled a policy adopted under former President Donald Trump that weakened their authority to identify lands and waters where declining animals and plants could receive government protection. The move was the latest by the...

Rule for managing endangered Mexican wolves spurs lawsuit

Jul. 13, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers are being sued over their new management rule for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, with a coalition of environmentalists saying the recently adopted court-ordered changes fail to address genetic concerns and limit the predators from roaming bigger...

Wildlife agency upgrades office to prevent bird collisions

Jul. 08, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is going an extra step in its efforts to protect birds by upgrading its northeast headquarters to prevent bird collisions. The agency announced Friday that it will install markings on exterior windows of its regional office in...

Knock-knock. Are any ivory-billed woodpeckers out there?

Jul. 06, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put off a decision about whether ivory-billed woodpeckers are extinct, announcing Wednesday that it's adding six months to review information, including a month of public comment. “We are aware that there have been surveys or...