Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...

2 in Colorado get 3 years probation for animal cruelty

Dec. 12, 2019 4:01 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A court order has barred a Colorado man from owning another animal for three years after he was convicted of animal cruelty against more than 100 animals. Jeffery Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation after La Plata County Animal Protection seized 115 animals...

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

Father, son plead guilty in black market eagle trafficking

Dec. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty in South Dakota to federal charges in a widespread case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds. Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic Fairbanks, were among 30 people and pawn shops...

Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

Dec. 10, 2019 6:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is bonding with her mother and frolicking in a maternity yard left wet by recent storms. “Future’s new...

Colorado initiative would OK reintroducing the gray wolf

Dec. 10, 2019 2:32 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Wildlife activists want Colorado voters to decide next year if the endangered gray wolf should be reintroduced in the state decades after it was hunted to near-extinction. Backers of a ballot initiative delivered thousands of voter signatures on Tuesday to the secretary of state's office in...

Hawaii state bird status goes from endangered to threatened

Dec. 10, 2019 9:59 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government has changed the protection status of Hawaii’s state bird from endangered to threatened, officials said. Federal officials said the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration, Hawaii Public Radio...

Alaska man to accept 4-month sentence for killing polar bear

Dec. 10, 2019 9:51 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to killing a polar bear without harvesting its meat, authorities said. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will accept a maximum prison sentence of four months and a $4,500 fine, Alaska’s Energy...

Fishermen mass to overwhelm Mexico's protected porpoises

Dec. 9, 2019 8:24 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A conservation group trying to protect the world's most endangered marine mammal said Monday that hundreds of fishermen massed in dozens of boats to fish illegally in Mexico's Gulf of California. Activists with the Sea Shepherd group said they witnessed about 80 small fishing boats...