Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

Whooping crane sightings to increase in North Dakota

Mar. 23, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State wildlife officials say sightings of whooping cranes are expected to increase in North Dakota over the next several weeks. The endangered birds are in the midst of their spring migration. The whooping cranes that make their way through North Dakota each spring are part of a...

This 2017 photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources shows the Eastern Black Rail. The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Thursday, March 19, 2020, for failing to finalize a decision to protect eastern black rails under the Endangered Species Act. (Christy Hand/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources via AP)

Lawsuit to protect bird nicknamed feathered mouse

Mar. 21, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmentalists have sued the Trump administration for failing to follow through on a proposal made two years ago to protect a small, elusive marsh bird nicknamed the “feathered mouse." “The eastern black rail stands on the brink of extinction,” said the lawsuit...

Government sued over groundwater use near San Pedro River

Mar. 18, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the federal government, saying unchecked groundwater pumping near a southeastern Arizona Army base threatens the San Pedro River and endangered species that live off of it. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity and two other groups filed the...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Mar. 14, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the ninth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 10 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 1-year-old female panther were...

Washington state residents divided on removal of dams

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state remain sharply divided on whether four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River should be removed to help endangered salmon and orca recover, a state report concluded. The final version of the report said the dams bring benefits and liabilities to...

Arizona governor signs bill cloaking endangered species info

Mar. 10, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday requiring information gathered in state-sponsored endangered species surveys on private property to be kept secret, even from federal agencies charged with protecting plants and animals from potential extinction. Republicans who pushed the...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, a Sapp Bros. gas station in Percival, Iowa, stands in floodwaters from the Missouri River. Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flooding risk. The measure, which was introduced Thursday, March, 5, 2020, follows criticism from residents of flooded areas that the Corps should give flood protection a higher priority than environmental, recreational and other needs. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Senators urge changes to reduce Missouri River flooding

Mar. 5, 2020 7:44 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flooding risk. The measure, which was introduced Thursday, follows...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Mar. 4, 2020 4:56 AM EST

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the eighth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of nine total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 3-year-old male panther were...

Environmental groups sue to speed up lake sturgeon status

Mar. 1, 2020 1:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups in Illinois and Indiana have filed a federal complaint in hopes of forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a review that could designate lake sturgeon as a federally endangered species. Lake sturgeon are a prehistoric fish that were once plentiful in the...