Latest Endangered and extinct species News

New deal expands conserved property in Cumberland Plateau

Sep. 28, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit organization and two Tennessee state agencies have expanded protection of conserved property in the Cumberland Plateau by more than 11,700 acres (4,734 hectares). The Conservation Fund, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division...

A shell of a trip: Sea turtle flown from Florida to Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A large loggerhead sea turtle rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital was flown by private plane Sunday to live at a conservation facility in Texas. The 230-pound female turtle took the nearly five-hour flight from the Middle Keys...

Rare, transplanted milkweed grows on DTE plant site

Sep. 27, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three years after DTE Energy paid over $5,000 to relocate rare milkweed plants at its future Blue Water Energy Center site in East China Township, the plants are thriving. Daniel Okon, a DTE Energy senior environmental specialist, said...

Mexico allows limited return of activists to help porpoise

Sep. 23, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday the Mexican government will allow it to return to the Gulf of California to help efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, but won’t allow the group to remove illegal gill nets. ...

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar

Sep. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday its plan to...

6 tribes sue Wisconsin to try to stop November wolf hunt

Sep. 21, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Six Native American tribes sued Wisconsin on Tuesday to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred. The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the...

Hatchlings of endangered crocodile species found in Cambodia

Sep. 21, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Eight hatchlings from one of the world’s rarest crocodile species have been found in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Cambodia, raising hopes for its continuing survival in the wild. Conservationists found the baby Siamese crocodiles earlier...

Officials urge boaters to steer clear of 3 pregnant orcas

Sep. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington officials are requiring commercial whale-watching vessels to keep extra far from three pregnant orcas, in hopes of giving the endangered animals more space to feed and socialize. Following reports that the three whales in J pod, one of the...

Feds OK plan to cut salmon fishing when needed for orcas

Sep. 15, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials have approved a plan that calls for cutting nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast when the fish are needed to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries adopted the...

US tribes demand emergency protection for wolves

Sep. 14, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of American Indian tribes asked the Biden administration Tuesday to immediately enact emergency protections for gray wolves, saying states have become too aggressive in hunting the animal. Groups representing the tribes sent a letter to...