Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

Imperiled Utah fish bouncing back after 18 years

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An imperiled fish found only in Utah Lake is starting to make a recovery after 18 years. The June sucker increased in population from only 300 to 2,000 at last count, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose changing the species status from endangered to threatened,...

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...

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...

An Oklahoma wildlife refuge expands territory

Dec. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MCCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (AP) — Little River National Wildlife Refuge added 160 acres of protected forest and wetlands earlier this month, a move that will make a large area of the refuge usable by visitors for the first time. Surrounded by the refuge, the land is now protected from development and will be...

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...

Researchers seek to learn more about long-billed curlews

Nov. 30, 2019 12:36 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers in New Mexico are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and researchers elsewhere to learn more about long-billed curlews. The shorebird is considered a species of greatest conservation need in New Mexico. The state sits at the southernmost extent of the...

Chinese national had 300 turtles smuggled from US to China

Nov. 27, 2019 8:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Chinese national and an accomplice from Eugene smuggled over 300 live turtles into China from the United States, after buying them from reptile dealers across the country. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Xiao Dong Qin of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...

Feds: Endangered Willamette Valley wildflower has recovered

Nov. 25, 2019 4:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing wildflower called the Bradshaw’s desert parsley from the Endangered Species List, saying it has successfully rebounded after being nearly wiped out more than three decades ago. The wildflower, which grows in wet prairie...

Officials say Nashville crayfish no longer endangered

Nov. 25, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials are proposing removing the Nashville crayfish from the endangered species list. A news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a review has found the crayfish populations are “healthy, stable and robust.” The 7-inch (18-centimeter)...