Latest Endangered and extinct species News

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

Old documents fuel latest bid to halt Nevada lithium mine

Apr. 09, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Few people had ever heard of Tiehm’s buckwheat when conservationists filed a petition two years ago to list the desert wildflower as an endangered species. But federal documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the rare plant at the center of a...

Hawaii high court hears argument about wind farm, bats

Apr. 03, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court has heard arguments regarding a dispute regarding how many endangered Hawaiian hoary bats a wind farm is allowed to kill. The Na Pua Makani wind farm has sparked controversy after 200 people were arrested trying to stop its...

Officials: Florida panther cubs found dead

Apr. 03, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Two endangered Florida panther cubs have been found dead. They make 12 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of a male cub and a female cub, both three months old, were found Thursday...

Land trust's `challenge' aims to get Hoosiers back outdoors

Apr. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — The wind whistled through the bare branches of towering red and white oaks at Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow, carrying the scent of the forest and of the arrival of spring. From on top of a ridge, visitors to the Trafalgar area preserve...

Judge rejects agency's pullback of effort to protect minnow

Apr. 02, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider anew whether a type of minnow that lives in the lower Colorado River's watershed should receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling Wednesday by...

Advocates sue to protect monarchs, Northern spotted owls

Apr. 01, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued federal officials Thursday in a bid for greater protections for monarch butterflies, northern spotted owls and eight other species inching toward possible extinction. The move comes after federal officials have said the...

Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Apr. 01, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental groups called Thursday for an international ban on trade in a range of Mexican seafood and wildlife, seeking to force Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The United States...

Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

Mar. 31, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the fearsome...

Brookfield seeks to stop plan for sea-run salmon on Kennebec

Mar. 31, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The owner of four dams on the Kennebec River is suing to stop the governor's plan that could imperil the dams. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is drafting stricter requirements for the dams, with a goal of restoring populations of sea-run...