Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Colorado man pleads guilty to holding strangers at gunpoint

Dec. 6, 2019 6:03 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man accused of holding three strangers at gunpoint on Independence Pass near Aspen has pleaded guilty to menacing and attempted kidnapping. The Aspen Times reports 33-year-old Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Tuesday. He...

A Kansas find reveals a 17-foot, long-extinct shark species

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Paleontologist Mike Everhart had found a rib from a plesiosaur — an ancient ocean reptile — on the Ringneck Ranch in north-central Kansas in 2009. He returned in early spring 2010 searching for more bones. Everhart brought a friend, Gail Pearson, and Pearson's friend...

Oregon Zoo breeds rare silverspot butterfly in captivity

Dec. 4, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservationists have successfully bred the extremely rare Oregon silverspot butterfly in captivity, a potential breakthrough for saving a species that once was found in coastal regions from California to British Columbia but is now reduced to five isolated populations, the Oregon Zoo...

Minnesota put on notice over incidental trapping of lynx

Dec. 4, 2019 4:37 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An environmental group has put the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on notice that it plans to sue the agency for failing to protect Canada lynx from trappers. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a 60-day notice on Wednesday as required by federal law before it can...

Sununu signs order on offshore wind development

Dec. 4, 2019 7:34 AM EST

Concord, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order preparing the state for future offshore wind development. The order signed Tuesday establishes four advisory boards focused on fisheries and endangered species, workforce and economic development, offshore industries and...

Feds: Bellingham farm’s waste flowed into creek, killed fish

Dec. 3, 2019 8:42 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham farmer has agreed to pay $6,750 to settle a federal complaint that he discharged animal waste into a restored creek, killing about 300 fish — including threatened steelhead. NOAA Fisheries said Tuesday that Harold Carbee discharged waste into Anderson Creek...

Environmentalists worried over Nevada rare toad’s habitat

Dec. 2, 2019 1:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Environmentalists are warning that a planned geothermal energy plant in Northern Nevada could threaten the habitat of a rare toad. The future of a big-eyed, freckled creature known as the Dixie Valley toad is at the center of an expected fight as environmentalists seek federal protection...

With $1 bil timber lawsuit, not all counties are big winners

Nov. 30, 2019 10:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When a jury in Linn County determined last week that the state had breached its contract with 13 rural counties by failing to maximize logging revenues on state land, the damage award was breathtaking. $1,065,919,400. The state plans to appeal -- to the Supreme Court if necessary. In...

Wisconsin residents call for delisting wolves as endangered

Nov. 30, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In November 2018, wolves killed Laurie Groskopf’s 11-year-old hunting dog in Oneida County. That was nine years after wolves killed another of her dogs. “They were attacked by wolves without any provocation and killed. And for us, it’s been really, really...

Oregon Court of Appeals upholds wolf delisting

Nov. 28, 2019 11:51 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging the state's decision to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves. The Capital Press reported Thursday that the appeals panel has tossed the complaint. State wildlife officials removed...