Latest Endangered Species Act of 1973 News

Lawsuit: Dam operator is violating Endangered Species Act

Sep. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups contend four Kennebec River dams are violating federal law by harming endangered Atlantic salmon. Brookfield Renewable U.S. is violating the federal Endangered Species Act because an exemption spelling out limits on the death...

Gray wolf spotted in Kern County for 1st time in decades

Sep. 01, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A gray wolf was spotted in Kern County earlier this year, the farthest south the species has traveled since being reintroduced in California after going extinct, wildlife officials said. The collared gray wolf was captured on a trail camera ...

Snail darter, tiny and notorious, is no longer endangered

Aug. 31, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The snail darter, a tiny fish that notoriously blocked a federal dam project in Tennessee decades ago, should no longer be on the endangered species list, federal officials announced on Tuesday. Arguing that the fish is no longer in danger of...

Wolves in Idaho, Montana could get federal oversight

Aug. 25, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two conservation groups asked the Biden administration to reinstate a federal monitoring program to oversee the management of gray wolves in Idaho and Montana following changes in wolf hunting laws in the two states intended to drastically reduce wolf numbers. ...

New federal rule protects southern resident orcas down coast

Aug. 12, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A federal rule that went into effect July 30 expands protected habitat for the endangered southern resident orcas down the West Coast. The Center for Biological Diversity pushed for the protections, which designate 15,910 square miles of habitat...

2 California wolf packs produced pups in 2021

Aug. 04, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two state wolf packs produced pups this year, according to a new report by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Lassen pack in western Lassen and northern Plumas counties has produced litters since 2017, including six pups in 2021. ...

Melting ice imperils 98% of Emperor penguin colonies by 2100

Aug. 03, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With climate change threatening the sea ice habitat of Emperor penguins, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal to list the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. “The lifecycle of Emperor penguins is...

Tourists fined $500 for touching Hawaiian monk seals

Jul. 30, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman from Louisiana who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, U.S. authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched an...

Coalition seeks relisting of gray wolves in US West

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday petitioned federal officials to restore federal protections for gray wolves throughout the U.S. West after Idaho and Montana passed laws intended to drastically cut their numbers. Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth...

US agency to review possible protections for Alaska wolf

Jul. 26, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans Monday to review whether a southeast Alaska wolf population merits Endangered Species Act protections. The plans are outlined in a document set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday....