Latest Endangered and extinct species News

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...

Do videos show ivory-billed woodpecker, or is it extinct?

Aug. 12, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government has been asked to consider at least two videos made in recent years as evidence that ivory-billed woodpeckers may still exist. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in 2021 that it planned to declare 23 species extinct, including North...

US launches process to set Idaho mercury pollution standards

Aug. 11, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency on Wednesday made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s...

Ruling clouds future of southeast Alaska king salmon fishery

Aug. 11, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal court ruling this week has thrown into doubt the future of a valuable commercial king salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska, after a conservation group challenged the government's approval of the harvest as a threat to protected fish and the endangered killer whales that eat...

African wildlife parks face climate, infrastructure threats

Aug. 11, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Africa's national parks, home to thousands of wildlife species such as lions, elephants and buffaloes, are increasingly threatened by below-average rainfall and new infrastructure projects. A prolonged drought in much of the continent's east, exacerbated by...

Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline needs environmental study

Aug. 10, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials won’t approve a natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming until additional environmental studies are completed. A U.S. District Court on Wednesday approved an agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and two environmental groups that filed a...

EXPLAINER: Fighting in Ukraine endangers big nuclear plant

Aug. 10, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling Europe's largest nuclear power plant, stoking international fears of a catastrophe on the continent. A look at the plant and the situation around it: EUROPE'S BIGGEST NUCLEAR PLANT The Zaporizhzhia plant is in...

Man accused of killing 3 police officers pleads not guilty

Aug. 09, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man accused of killing three officers in an ambush while police were serving a protective order has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges. Lance Storz, 49, appeared in Floyd Circuit Court on Monday to answer the charges, news outlets reported. Storz...

Sea turtles crawl to new nesting record on Georgia coast

Aug. 03, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare sea turtles that spend summers laying eggs on Southern beaches have crawled to a new state record in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3,960 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been counted since May along the...

A race to save fish as Rio Grande dries, even in Albuquerque

Aug. 03, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a recent, scorching afternoon in Albuquerque, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande flows. The drivers weren't thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many endangered fish as they could before the sun...