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Trump administration sued over gutting of Endangered Species Act

Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up Wednesday to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act.

New US regulations could limit protections of threatened species

Washington - The US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) announced that they are rolling back regulations that are outlined in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law aimed at saving species that face extinction.

GOP-controlled Congress ready to trash Endangered Species Act

One of our most powerful conservation tools, the Endangered Species Act, is now under threat. The Republican-controlled Congress is prepared to roll back the act's influence, opening the way to drilling and logging, as well as other activities.

North America has one wolf species left, the others are hybrids

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognizes three wolf species in North America, the gray wolf, the red wolf, and the Eastern wolf. But it turns out that two of the species are not true wolves at all, but hybrids.

Captive and wild chimpanzees gain endangered status today

Washington - The U.S. has finally gotten its house in order. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Friday the agency's "final rule" that would list all chimpanzees, both wild and captive as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Two bills to strip endangered status of wolves being considered

Wolves have been given a bad rap, based on a number of studies, yet despite evidence that the wolf causes less than five percent of livestock deaths in the U.S., the House of Representatives is considering two bills to take them off endangered status.

Op-Ed: Idaho's wolf-killing board spending $4,600 per wolf

Boise - Idaho's new Wolf Depredation Control Board reported to the state's lawmakers today that they have killed 31 wolves, all suspected of being livestock killers, since the board was formed July 1, 2014.

Federal Court hears arguments over Yellowstone and Wy wolves Special

Lawyers argued today in a Washington, D.C. federal court to prevent the approximately 650 remaining wolves living in Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming from being killed-off by ranchers and trophy hunters.

Time running out for lonely orca Lolita at Miami Seaquarium

Miami - Time is running out for a solitary orca held at Miami Seaquarium. Lolita, also called Tokitae, was one of the first whales in a brutal roundup that captured orcas for display in marine parks between 1965 and 1973.

Great white sharks now protected under Endangered Species Act

Great white sharks in California are now a protected species under state law. This means that anyone who catches or harms the sharks may face fines and even jail time.

Penguins use smell to identify relatives and to avoid inbreeding

Chicago - A study in captive Humboldt penguins revealed that these birds use smell to identify their partner and offspring; it also allows them to evade mating with relatives thus avoiding incest and the problems caused by inbreeding.

Endangered sea turtles washing up on Gulf coast, left to rot

Gulfport - New reports emerging from the US Gulf coast show an unusually high number of endangered sea turtles stranded along Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, with government officials lax in their responsibility of documenting and testing them.

‘Endangered species’ status sought for dwarf seahorse

New Orleans - The dwarf seahorse, a one-inch long seahorse facing increased pressures for survival due to last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection this week by a conservation group.

US govt. misses legal deadline to protect loggerhead sea turtles

Washington - The US government has failed to issue a final ruling that would grant additional protections for the loggerhead sea turtle, a ruling required by a court-ordered settlement between conservation groups and the government over prior delays.

Report: Gray wolf numbers in decline in Northern Rockies

Silver City - A new government report shows gray wolf populations in the Northern Rockies declined in 2010, due largely to aerial shooting and federal trappings against the endangered species that a conservation group calls “heavy-handed.”

Conservation groups petition gov’t to reintroduce Florida panther

Fayetteville - Conservation groups have joined forces in petitioning the US Secretary of the Interior to reintroduce the endangered Florida panther into suitable areas of south Georgia and northern Florida, including the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Bush Intends To Gut the Endangered Species Act – Part II: Now the Scientists Protest

Opposition to the Bush Administration’s “reinterpretation” of the Endangered Species Act builds, as more than three dozen scientists join the five senators in protest.

Bush Intends to Gut the Endangered Species Act, Draws Ire of Senators

It’s time for those critters to fend for themselves as President Bush plans major revisions for the current Endangered Species Act.

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An Amercan Bald Eagle at Kachemak Bay  Alaska. Because of the Endangered Species Act  the eagle made...
An Amercan Bald Eagle at Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Because of the Endangered Species Act, the eagle made a remarkable recovery after almost disappearing from the wild.
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