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UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Critically endangered Hawaiian crows build first nest in the wild in decades

Two Hawaiian crows, or alala, have done something momentous in the struggle to save the critically endangered species. They have built a nest.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

New orca calf seen among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales

A new calf has been born to the critically endangered southern resident killer whales, researchers confirmed.


Groups: U.S. must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas

The federal government is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to consider how salmon fishing off the West Coast is affecting endangered killer whales, two conservation groups said Tuesday …


Supreme Court orders new look at case of endangered frog

Federal judges must look again at an agency’s decision to declare a tract of Louisiana timberland “critical habitat” for an endangered Southeastern frog, following a ruling Tuesday by the nation’s …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” …


Scientists find lots of gorillas in census, also see decline

A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

N. Atlantic right whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say – unless we act now to save them

For years, spring has signaled the return of North Atlantic right whales – one of Earth’s most endangered species – to Cape Cod Bay. But lately the imperiled animals have …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

South Selkirk mountain caribou herd possibly extinct

The South Selkirk mountain caribou herd may be extinct after aerial surveys found only three remaining animals.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

U.S. agency wants to protect butterfly found only on island

Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare white and green butterfly found only on Washington’s San Juan Island.


Washington state wildlife officials seek comment on endangered species

WILDLIFE – Washington state wildlife managers are seeking public input on recommendations to keep the pygmy rabbit and grizzly bear on the state’s endangered species list, and to downlist the …


Volunteers gather lichen to help save critically endangered mountain caribou

Volunteers in North Idaho are lichen their role in saving the most critically endangered animals in North America.


Third federally protected gray wolf killed in Oregon

Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such unsolved death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials said. …


Analysis counters WSU profs’ opposition to wolf killing

A Washington State University professor erred in controversial research released in 2014 suggesting that killing wolves that attack cattle is counterproductive because it stimulates more attacks, according to a statistical …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Federal government declines to list walrus as threatened, says species may adapt to diminished ice

The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will not list the Pacific walrus as a threatened species based on diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice, concluding that the marine mammals have adapted …


New model confirms endangered right whales are declining

Researchers with the federal government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the …


Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says.


California condors return to the skies after near extinction

In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Activists blame Mexican government for near-loss of porpoise

Conservation groups said Monday that the Mexican government’s lack of action is to blame for the near-extinction of the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 12:06 p.m.

Bears near U.S.-Canada border merit endangered status, judge rules

A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Yellowstone grizzlies removed from threatened species list

For the second time in a decade, the U.S. government has removed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the threatened species list.


Montana’s wolf specialist marvels at carnivore’s recovery

In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Western governors back Endangered Species Act, with changes

The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act on Wednesday but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled …


Endangered species budget cuts could impact jobs

Many state groups and agencies that handle Endangered Species Act functions for the federal government have been casting worried looks at the endangered status of their funding.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane

For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Trump administration halts new protection for endangered West Coast whales

The Trump administration has thrown out a new rule meant to keep endangered whales and sea turtles from getting tangled in mile-long West Coast fishing nets.


Wolves may be exploring new territory in Western Washington

Gray wolves appear to be checking out territory west of the Cascades in eastern Skagit County, according to photos, tracks and other signs, federal officials say.