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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

U.S. boosts caribou protections a year after relocating the last Lower 48 caribou to Canada

“I’m hopeful that it maintains the adequate protections for the habatat in the Selkirks so one of these days, when there is an appetite for restoration, our area is considered,” …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Representatives of 180 nations are meeting to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues such as the trade in ivory and the demand for shark fin soup that …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as U.S. protections shrink

Monarchs are in trouble, despite efforts by Moore and countless other volunteers and organizations across the United States to nurture the beloved butterfly. The Trump administration’s new order weakening the …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 11:52 a.m.

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Endangered rhinos ready to be sent from Europe to Rwanda

Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries are ready to be transported back to their natural habitat in Rwanda, where the entire rhino population …


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 …