Latest Endangered and extinct species News

It's seal season in Delaware. What to do if you see one?

Jan. 25, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LEWES, Del. (AP) — The public needs to keep a safe distance from the seals that will be present along Delaware beaches and other waterways through April, according to the state’s official marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response organization. The MERR Institute recommends that the public...

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...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jan. 24, 2020 4:31 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the fourth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of five total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 1-year-old female panther...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remained critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, showed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

California's monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

Jan. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed. The count of the orange-and-black insects by the Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental...

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...

Ambersnail found in Arizona, Utah to lose endangered status

Jan. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An amber-colored snail found in Arizona and Utah could be losing it status as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services wants to remove the Kanab ambersnail from the list of threatened and endangered species, saying it's not a valid subspecies. The...

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...

In a  Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 photo, an adult bald eagle flies along the shore of Lake Mead during the annual eagle survey conducted by the National Park Service.  (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Yearly survey tallies 123 eagles in lakes Mead, Mohave area

Jan. 21, 2020 7:16 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Biologists and volunteers tallied 120 bald eagles and three golden eagles during an annual survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Colorado River, a National Park Service official said Tuesday. Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Tuesday the number was down from January...

Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...