Latest Endangered and extinct species News

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances

Sep. 17, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory...

Oregon rejects protection for small redwoods forest predator

Sep. 15, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon fish and wildlife officials have rejected a request from six conservation groups to protect a small predator that inhabits old-growth redwood forests. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday denied the petition by the conservation groups to protect the Humboldt marten...

Mexico nabs alleged gang hitman also tied to illegal fishing

Sep. 13, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico's Baja California state say they have arrested a drug gang hitman who also allegedly ran fish-harvesting operations that have endangered the rare vaquita porpoise. Baja state police identified the suspect only by his alias, "El Parra," and said he was allied with...

US judge delays grizzly bear hunts in Rockies 2 more weeks

Sep. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday delayed for two more weeks the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades, saying he needed more time to consider if federal protections for the animals should be restored. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen left...

Labrador dog named Lucy saves Oregon man from sex conviction

Sep. 11, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of a...

Official defends Trump plan to revamp Endangered Species Act

Sep. 10, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official on Monday defended a plan to revamp the Endangered Species Act, saying the proposed changes would result in more effective, quicker decisions on species protection. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt dismissed criticism by environmental groups...

German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana

Sep. 10, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and he's already learning some English. Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes. He'll travel 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the...

Wildlife group: Exotic pets trade activity rises on Facebook

Sep. 10, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A wildlife monitoring group says research it has conducted since 2016 has found a sharp increase in the number of people belonging to Facebook groups in Thailand where endangered animals are bought and sold. The monitoring network TRAFFIC said its researchers found 1,521 animals for sale...

Correction: Hunting Grizzlies story

Aug. 31, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story Aug. 29 about hunting grizzly bears, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the grizzly bear hunts scheduled Saturday for Idaho and Wyoming would be the first in the Rocky Mountains in more than 40 years. Montana last held a grizzly hunt in 1991. A corrected version...

Judge halts Saturday's grizzly hunts in Wyoming, Idaho

Aug. 31, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has put a 14-day hold on the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the government was wrong to lift federal protections on the animals. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen's order came just two days before...