The stage is being set in Nevada for another potentially significant test of the nation’s premier wildlife protection law in a legal battle over a geothermal power plant with similarities to the precedent-setting fight over the snail darter and a dam in Tennessee nearly a half century ago.
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Kirtland’s warbler no longer needs Endangered Species Act protection.
The action, which expands the administration’s rewrite of U.S. environmental laws, is the latest that targets protections, including for water, air and public lands.
Under the old plan, a wolf that attacked livestock twice or more over any period of time was deemed a “chronic depredator” and could be killed in the eastern third of the state, where wolves are managed by the state. The new plan will allow the state to kill wolves after two confirmed attacks during a nine-month period.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a public hearing to take comments on the agency’s proposal to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife on June 25 in Brainerd, Minn. And as more than a million public comments have already come in, the 480-seat Franklin Arts Center auditorium in Brainerd, in north-central Minnesota, is expected…
Announces it will reopen the public comment period and reconsider whether to protect the grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
Northeast Ohio organization takes on USFWS policies.
BOISE, Idaho — Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials said. The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in a 58-page report released this month says…
(Bureau of Land Management)BILLINGS, Mont. — Animal rights advocates announced a lawsuit against the federal government on Wednesday in a bid to make a Montana mustang population the first group of wild horses to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. A prior attempt to secure protections for wild horses across the western U.S. as imperiled wildlife failed. But supporters…
State wants to avoid complicating legal battles over federal protections for the animals.
A subspecies of the gray wolf, Mexican wolves nearly disappeared in the 1970s. The federal government added them to the endangered species list in 1976. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. wildlife managers failed to adopt a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf that would protect against illegal killings and the consequences of inbreeding, according…
Says U.S. Forest Service is violating environmental laws by failing to do mandatory consulting on the 23 projects with other federal agencies and instead is continuing to authorize the irrigation diversions in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
(Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced earlier this week that a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States concludes that the animal may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. The recommendation is the…
The fish live in rivers from Maine to Florida, and conservationists have long made the case that their declining populations pose a major problem for the health of ecosystems along the East Coast.
Order reverses 2014 re-classification by U.S. wildlife officials for 40-50 bears of the Cabinet-Yaak bear population under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association wants the government to convene a Cabinet-level committee with the power to allow exemptions to the Endangered Species Act. Known as the “God squad” because its decisions can lead to extinctions of threatened wildlife, it has only gathered three times – the last 25 years ago during a controversy over spotted owl habitat in the Northwest.
The bills come as a federal court lifted federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and the Trump administration moved to lift protections for grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also is reviewing federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse in 11 Western states.
Since conservation of the Mexican gray wolf began in the 1980s, the Arizona agency has spent more than $7 million on recovery efforts.
The plaintiffs are 17 tribes, clans and individuals from Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Canada, with two more tribes from Nebraska and South Dakota being added.
Document calls for focusing recovery of wolves in core areas of predators’ historic range.
Scientists are trying to perfect a new, more accurate DNA test for bears and benefited from the Columbus Zoo’s controlled samples from a known family of animals. The reference data illustrate how genetic patterns change in a population over time. It could someday pin down criminals who harm polar bears, which are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, on which the bears are listed as threatened.
Cross-fostering project aimed at boosting genetic diversity among wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona.
Timeline for publishing final rule for delisting the grizzly reportedly unclear, in part because of the transition of presidential administrations and reviews at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Since coming under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, grizzlies have steadily expanded their habitat outward from the population’s core in Yellowstone National Park.
Meanwhile, both sides in the debate are waiting for a federal appeals court to decide whether to uphold lower court rulings that put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming back on the list or to let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service return management of the species to the states.
Efforts continue to bolster struggling population in region.