Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Rainbow-colored candy darter fish listed as endangered

Nov. 20, 2018 6:10 PM EST

A rainbow-colored fish that's considered among the world's most beautiful in freshwater and found only in picturesque Appalachian streams has been listed as "endangered," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday. The federal agency said the candy darter has lost nearly half its population since the...

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Nov. 20, 2018 12:38 PM EST

EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. In the...

Group finalizes endangered orcas proposals with ban on tours

Nov. 16, 2018 6:26 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas is calling for a temporary ban on boat tours as part of a slate of recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of the next legislative session. The group wants to suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on the orcas for...

House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

Nov. 16, 2018 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the...

Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Nov. 15, 2018 8:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and federal...

Navy will boost efforts to help endangered right whales

Nov. 14, 2018 2:34 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is doing more to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Starting in mid-November, the Navy will expand areas off the East Coast where it limits the use of sonar and explosives. It also will broadcast more information on sightings to prevent military and...

Correction: Last Caribou story

Nov. 8, 2018 8:13 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about mountain caribou, The Associated Press reported erroneously that six of the animals would be relocated from the Lower 48 states to Canada. The six mountain caribou are already in British Columbia. A corrected version of the story is below: Mountain caribou...

Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

Nov. 7, 2018 5:29 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales, one of three dozen recommendations to save a population that is at its lowest in over 30 years. The group advising Gov. Jay Inslee voted...

Judge blocks feds' effort to shrink red wolf territory

Nov. 5, 2018 4:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities violated a federal law aimed at preserving endangered species by planning to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild, a federal judge ruled in blocking a move that environmentalists said would hasten the animal's demise. U.S. District Judge...

Royals Harry and Meghan name kiwi birds 'gift' and 'sneeze'

Oct. 31, 2018 1:47 AM EDT

ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan examined the navel, nostrils and whiskers on New Zealand's flightless kiwi bird and got to name two tiny chicks on the final day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited a kiwi hatchery in the town of Rotorua...