Latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

Aug. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada’s largest mining company has suspended its proposed expansion of what would become one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Lawyers for the U.S. government and one of the groups seeking...

This photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows Tiehm's buckwheat blooming at Rhyolite Ridge in the Silver Peak Range of Western Nevada on June 1, 2019. A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes the rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents show. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

AP Exclusive: Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine

Aug. 4, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents show. The unusually...

Grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials after killing cow

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park The adult male bear had killed a cow in Park County last week and was euthanized following consultations with the U.S. Fish and...

Recent Kansas editorials

Aug. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal, July 29 There’s an adage that good fences make good neighbors. When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service filed a water impairment notice with the Kansas Department of Agriculture regarding water rights at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in 2013, it posed a grave threat to the region. The...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore.. The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water can be declared as

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species

Jul. 31, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water areas can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals — potentially excluding locations that species could use in the future as climate change upends ecosystems. An administration...

A bumblebee flies near a lavender bush in the International Peace Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, July 17, 2020.  A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades. The Deseret News reports the find by the U.S. Geological Survey will help inform a species status assessment to begin this fall by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which may ultimately add the insect to its endangered species list.(Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Dramatic decline found in Western bumblebee populations

Jul. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades. The find by the U.S. Geological Survey will help inform a species status assessment to begin this fall by...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a series of greenhouses are pictured at the University of Nevada, Reno, where a rare desert wildflower is growing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there's enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada's desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as U.S. endangered species, including one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

US mulls endangered status for Nevada plant in mine fight

Jul. 24, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there’s enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada’s desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as endangered species, including one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium...

Critical habitat proposed for rare southwestern Idaho plant

Jul. 23, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups reacted with mixed responses Thursday to a Trump administration plan to create critical habitat for a small, flowering plant found only in southwestern Idaho that was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2016. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

Elk River crayfish doesn't make endangered species list

Jul. 23, 2020 4:18 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have determined that a native West Virginia freshwater crustacean does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Elk River crayfish is not in danger of extinction or likely to be in the foreseeable future, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...