Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection

Jun. 23, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday withdrew a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as places where imperiled animals and plants could receive federal protection. A definition of...

Man who illegally imported/exported live scorpions sentenced

Jun. 22, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who illegally imported and exported hundreds of live scorpions was sentenced in federal court for violating the Lacey Act. Darren Drake 39, was sentenced Wednesday to two years’ federal probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $5,000...

US to spend $9 million to bolster sagebrush ecosystems

Jun. 16, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday announced $9 million for 40 projects in Idaho and seven other Western states for sagebrush ecosystems to combat invasive species and wildfire, reduce the spread of juniper trees and promote community and economic stability. ...

Oil industry prepares for restrictions to conserve rare bird

Jun. 12, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Lesser prairie chickens once numbered in the thousands throughout the American West, thriving on the prairielands of eastern New Mexico and the American West. But in recent years, the chicken’s numbers declined amid growing development in the oil and gas and...

Rare wetland plant found in Arizona now listed as endangered

Jun. 10, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

A rare plant that depends on wetlands for survival is now on the federal endangered species list, a designation that environmentalists say will boost efforts to protect the last free-flowing river in the desert Southwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the decision...

Massive water, wind and solar project in Idaho advances

Jun. 07, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have initiated a licensing process for a water, wind and solar energy project in southwestern Idaho that could power nearly 300,000 homes. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday said it’s starting consultation with the U.S. Fish and...

2 Vermont men fined for abandoning boat in US wildlife area

Jun. 05, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont men have been fined for abandoning an old boat in the Missisquoi River on the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The fines were issued to the two men on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. One of the men was ordered to...

Agency ruling delivers big setback to Okefenokee mining plan

Jun. 05, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency has delivered a big setback to a company's controversial plan to mine near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge. A government memo said Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers is reasserting jurisdiction over Twin Pines...

US wildlife agency to consider protecting Yellowstone bison

Jun. 03, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildlife agency that lost key court rulings over its denial of petitions to protect Yellowstone National Park bison will undertake a comprehensive study over whether the animals should be covered under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said...

US agrees to update critical habitat for Florida manatees

Jun. 01, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to revise the critical habitat designation for Florida manatees, which have been dying in record numbers because water pollution is killing a main food source. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a court...