endangered species act

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths Prompt Lawsuit Threat

Article: Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths Prompt Lawsuit Threat

GAINESVILLE, Florida, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – A coalition of conservation groups has notified the National Marine Fisheries Service of its intent to file a lawsuit as early as March if the agency does not act immediately to protect imperiled sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. The action comes after fisheries observer data showed…

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

Article: Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne last week that would exempt many federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act were published in the Federal Register Tuesday. But the regulations are being challenged in court by three…

Florida Fish Expert Tries to Save the Last Sawfish

Article: Florida Fish Expert Tries to Save the Last Sawfish

GAINESVILLE, Florida, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – “Today, it’s difficult to find a bar in South Florida that doesn’t have a sawfish ‘saw’ hanging on the wall,” says George Burgess, a University of Florida ichthyologist, or fish expert. Burgess serves as curator of the International Shark Attack File and also as keeper of the newly…

Robert Redford: Mr. President, Respect Our Choice

Article: Robert Redford: Mr. President, Respect Our Choice

Americans Rejected ‘Drill, Baby, Drill.’ Bush Should Respect Our Choice. By Robert Redford Part of the change Americans just voted for in overwhelming numbers was to move away from the failed energy philosophy of “drill, baby, drill” to a more farsighted strategy, emphasized by Barack Obama, based on clean, renewable energy and efficiency. Yet on…

People-Panther Guidelines Issued as Florida Panther Population Grows

Article: People-Panther Guidelines Issued as Florida Panther Population Grows

WASHINGTON, DC, October 14, 2008 (ENS) – There are now between 80 and 100 panthers in Florida, a four-fold increase over the past 25 years, federal wildlife officials said today, announcing new guidelines for human-panther interaction. One of the rarest large mammals in the United States, the Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, is listed as…

Republicans Boycott Senate Review of Bush Environmental Record

Article: Republicans Boycott Senate Review of Bush Environmental Record

WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing today to review the Bush administration’s record on public health and environmental matters, but it was conducted in the absence of Ranking Member Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a Republican and former chair of the committee. Senator Inhofe…

Feds Allow More Comment Time on Endangered Species Act Change

Article: Feds Allow More Comment Time on Endangered Species Act Change

WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the Bush administration announced that it would extend the comment period on a proposed rule that conservationists claim would weaken the Endangered Species Act. Last month, more than 100 citizens groups asked the administration for adequate time to respond to the proposal that would change the conservation…

'Sneaky' Bush Attack on Endangered Species Angers Conservationists

Article: 'Sneaky' Bush Attack on Endangered Species Angers Conservationists

WASHINGTON, DC, August 21, 2008 (ENS) – Saying the Bush administration’s most recent Endangered Species Act rulemaking is “anti-democratic,” 104 conservation and scientific organizations today submitted a letter to Cabinet officials calling for increased transparency and opportunities for public participation. The new rule published in the Federal Register last week would change the way the…

Bush Proposal Bypasses Endangered Species Experts

Article: Bush Proposal Bypasses Endangered Species Experts

WASHINGTON, DC, August 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has proposed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, releasing a plan to give federal agencies the authority to decide without expert consultation whether their activities could harm endangered and threatened species. Administration officials contend the proposal will make the law easier to implement, but…

Northern Rockies Wolves Temporarily Back on Endangered List

Article: Northern Rockies Wolves Temporarily Back on Endangered List

MISSOULA, Montana, July 21, 2008 (ENS) – A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction restoring gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains to the endangered species list and halting the indiscrimate killing of wolves for the duration of a trial in which conservationist plaintiffs contest the removal of the wolves from the protected list.…

Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Article: Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a formal petition today asking the federal government to protect areas on the main Hawaiian islands as critical habitat for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal under the Endangered Species Act. As monk seal populations plummet on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the main islands…

Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct

Article: Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2008 (ENS) – After a five year review, federal government scientists have determined that the Caribbean monk seal has gone extinct. No Caribbean monk seal has been seen for more than 50 years. Also known as the West Indian monk seal, this was the only subtropical seal native to the Caribbean…

Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

Article: Arizona Pygmy Owl Could Be Relisted as Endangered

WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2008 (ENS) – A petition by environmental groups seeking renewed protection for a miniature Southwestern owl has presented enough new information to persuade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the bird deserves to be considered for relisting as an endangered species. The agency announced Friday that it will now conduct…

Forest Service Could Be Sued as Visitors Trash Arizona Creek

Article: Forest Service Could Be Sued as Visitors Trash Arizona Creek

TUCSON, Arizona, May 23, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity today filed a 60 day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for Endangered Species Act violations at Fossil Creek in central Arizona. Addressed to Regional Forester Corbin Newman, the notice states that the Forest Service has failed to consult…

U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

Article: U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration reluctantly declared the polar bear a threatened species today, concluding that the loss of Arctic sea ice has put the future of the iconic species in peril. But the administration also took steps to ensure the decision will not require new efforts…

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Now Endangered Species Candidate

Article: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Now Endangered Species Candidate

WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Rio Grande cutthroat trout is declining and its conservation status is “cause for concern” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today. After a review of this native fish’s situation, the Service is recommending that the subspecies be formally proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.…

Conservationists Pursue Legal Protection for Northern Rockies Wolves

Article: Conservationists Pursue Legal Protection for Northern Rockies Wolves

MISSOULA, Montana, April 29, 2008 (ENS) – Twelve conservation groups Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court here challenging the federal government’s decision to remove the northern Rockies gray wolf population from the list of endangered species. Management of this population of wolves is now in the hands of three states – Wyoming, Idaho and…

Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

Article: Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 11, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of 14 conservation groups filed suit today in federal court to block the U.S. Forest Service from implementing a new rule that would remove protections for fish, wildlife, and other resources throughout the 192-million acre National Forest System. Issued earlier this month, the rule represents…

Wild Turtles Containing Mercury and Pesticides Sold as Food

Article: Wild Turtles Containing Mercury and Pesticides Sold as Food

TUCSON, Arizona, March 30, 2008 (ENS) – Turtles collected in four southern states and sold as food are often contaminated with mercury, pesticides andpolychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, according to a coalition of conservation and health groups seeking to stop the export of contaminated turtles to international food markets. The Center for Biological Diversity Thursday filed emergency…

Judge Orders Renewed Protection for Desert Bald Eagle

Article: Judge Orders Renewed Protection for Desert Bald Eagle

PHOENIX, Arizona, March 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon have won a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue Endangered Species Act protection for the desert nesting bald eagle, found mostly in Arizona. The groups challenged the Service’s 2006 rejection of their October 6, 2004…

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

Article: Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration on Monday for missing the legal deadline to issue a final decision on whether or not to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense…

Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

Article: Bush Administration Sued Over Penguins Harmed by Warming

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2008 (ENS) – Concerned that 10 penguin species are threatened by global warming, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit against the Bush administration Friday for failing to take action to protect these penguin species threatened by global warming under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, brought against Secretary of Interior…

Groups Seek Emergency Endangered Listing for Red Knot

Article: Groups Seek Emergency Endangered Listing for Red Knot

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – Emergency protections are needed to prevent further declines in numbers of a small migratory shorebird called the red knot, warns a letter submitted to federal officials Wednesday by the American Bird Conservancy and eight other conservation groups. The red knot makes one of the longest yearly migrations of…

Conservationists Serve Notice of Lawsuit Over Wolf Delisting

Article: Conservationists Serve Notice of Lawsuit Over Wolf Delisting

WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2008 (ENS) – Eleven conservation groups fighting to protect wolves in the northern Rockies today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the agency has violated the Endangered Species Act by removing the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population from the federal list of endangered species. The groups put the…

Federal Delisting of Northern Rockies Wolves Headed for Court

Article: Federal Delisting of Northern Rockies Wolves Headed for Court

WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental groups from across the United States are planning legal action in an attempt to reverse today’s decision by the federal government to remove gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains from the Endangered Species List. “The gray wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains is thriving and…