Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Groups want federal protection for wolverines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Wolverines are the largest members of the weasel family, but they look more like small bears with bushy tails. Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines. The groups...

Lawsuit planned to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

Jan. 24, 2020 3:50 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming the groups say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection...

Nevada man sentenced for trafficking in endangered species

Jan. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 51-year-old Nevada man who admitted illegally trafficking endangered African lion and leopard parts has been ordered to serve a total of 60 days in federal custody and complete 100 hours of community service for a wildlife conservation group. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

Water users appeal ruling on central Idaho water diversions

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of water users on Wednesday appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout....

US Forest Service project allowed to proceed in Montana

Jan. 15, 2020 5:28 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire mitigation project was allowed to proceed in Montana's Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest after two conservation groups raised concerns over the impact on big game habitat, federal appeals court officials said. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the...

Reward offered for help finding who shot, killed Maine eagle

Jan. 15, 2020 4:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who shot a bald eagle, which later died. The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for help in finding out what happened to the eagle. It was discovered...