Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Extinctions, shrinking habitat spur 'rewilding' in cities

Dec. 07, 2022 10:45 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In a bustling metro area of 4.3 million people, Yale University wildlife biologist Nyeema Harris ventures into isolated thickets to study Detroit's most elusive residents — coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks among them. Harris and colleagues have placed trail...

Scientists call for action to help sunflower sea stars

Dec. 03, 2022 14:32 PM EST

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Scientists along the West Coast are calling for action to help sunflower sea stars, among the largest sea stars in the world, recover from catastrophic population declines. Experts say a sea star wasting disease epidemic that began in 2013 has decimated about...

Nevada toad in geothermal power fight gets endangered status

Dec. 02, 2022 22:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A tiny Nevada toad at the center of a legal battle over a geothermal power project has officially been declared an endangered species, after U.S. wildlife officials temporarily listed it on a rarely used emergency basis last spring. “This ruling makes final the...

Panama confronts illegal trafficking of animals

Nov. 29, 2022 22:49 PM EST

ANCON, Panama (AP) — In a tropical forest beside the Panama Canal, two black-handed spider monkeys swing about their wire enclosure, balanced by their long tails. They arrived at this government rehabilitation center after environmental authorities seized them from people who had been keeping...

Montana judge restores state wolf hunting regulations

Nov. 29, 2022 19:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday lifted a temporary restraining order that limited wolf hunting and trapping in the state, saying there is nothing to suggest rules now in place will make wolf populations unsustainable in the short term. District Judge Christopher Abbott also...

US bat species devastated by fungus now listed as endangered

Nov. 29, 2022 12:51 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. “White-nose syndrome is decimating cave-dwelling...

Montana judge to decide on wolf hunting limits

Nov. 28, 2022 21:02 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to continue temporary limits he placed on wolf hunting or to restore quotas and hunting methods pending a trial over changes in the way the state estimates the size of the wolf population, which informs hunting quotas. ...

Whole Foods decision to pull lobster divides enviros, pols

Nov. 26, 2022 16:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups are once again at odds with politicians and fishermen in New England in the wake of a decision by high-end retail giant Whole Foods to stop selling Maine lobster. Whole Foods recently said that it will stop selling lobster from the Gulf...

Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

Nov. 25, 2022 23:24 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international wildlife conference moved to enact some of the most significant protection for shark species targeted in the fin trade and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade. The Convention on International...

Lawsuit looms over tiny rare fish in drought-stricken West

Nov. 23, 2022 22:27 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists have notified U.S. wildlife officials that they will sue over delinquent decisions related to protections for two rare fish species that are threatened by groundwater pumping in the drought-stricken West. The Center for Biological Diversity sent a...