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Back From the Brink, Hawaii’s Nene Goose a Recovery Success Story

December 8, 2019

HONOLULU — Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today the nene, reduced to fewer than 30 birds in the wild 50 years ago, will be downlisted from endangered to threatened based on successful recovery efforts.

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Two Southern Arizona Plants Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

December 5, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, two southern Arizona plants were proposed for Endangered Species Act protection today.

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Trump Administration OKs ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Despite Indiscriminate Killing of Thousands of Animals a Year

December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today announced it will reauthorize use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.

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Flawed Wildlife Bill OK’d by House Natural Resources Committee

December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee today voted to approve Rep. Debbie Dingell’s (D-Mich.) Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would provide $1.4 billion annually to state fish and game agencies with the goal of conserving “species of greatest conservation need.”

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Minnesota’s Rare Lynx From Trapping

December 4, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity today notified the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources of plans to sue the agency for permitting trapping that harms Canada lynx, in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Sale of Elliott State Forest Tract Is Illegal

November 27, 2019

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Supreme Court today ruled that the sale of 788 acres of old-growth forest from the Elliott State Forest was illegal. The ruling affirms an Oregon Court of Appeals’ ruling from 2018, which found that selling the area known as East Hakki Ridge to a private timber company in 2014 violated state law.

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Florida Freshwater Mussel Receives Nearly 190 Miles of Lifesaving Critical Habitat

November 26, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a settlement agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater Florida mussel. Its habitat has been harmed by pollution and reduced flows throughout its range, and by channel instability and excessive sedimentation.

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Legal Pressure Forces Trump Administration to Protect Imperiled Ice Seals’ Arctic Habitat

November 25, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration agreed today to finally make a decision on designating critical habitat in Alaska for two ice-seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because climate change is melting their Arctic sea-ice habitat.

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Utah’s June Sucker Another Endangered Species Act Success, Downlisted From Endangered to Threatened

November 25, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to downlist the June sucker fish from endangered to threatened based on successful recovery efforts. The June sucker is found only in Utah Lake, which was once clear and supported a commercial fishery for the sucker and Utah’s state fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout.

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Willamette Valley Prairie Flower Becomes Endangered Species Act Success Story

November 25, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing Bradshaw’s desert parsley, a wet prairie wildflower, from the list of endangered species today due to the plant’s successful recovery.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Update Houston Toad Recovery Plan

November 25, 2019

HOUSTON, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to update a deficient, 35-year-old recovery plan for the Houston toad. These critically endangered toads are found only in the central coastal region of Texas.

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Conservation, Landowners Groups File Opening Brief in Legal Challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline

November 22, 2019

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation and landowners groups filed the opening brief today in their federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The groups are suing the Army Corps of Engineers over its failure to adequately analyze the project’s effects on local waterways, lands, wildlife and communities along its 1,200-mile route.

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Trump Administration Denial of Protection to Pacific Walruses Appealed

November 21, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today challenging the Trump administration’s denial of Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific walruses. The Center’s lawsuit says officials have ignored the threat that climate change and the loss of Arctic sea ice poses to the walrus’ survival.

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California Crab Season Opening Delayed by Whale Entanglement Risk

November 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced a preliminary decision to delay this week’s opening of commercial Dungeness crab season after aerial surveys showed the presence of humpback whales. Whale entanglements in crab lines have been a major problem in recent years, which the Department pledged to address in a legal agreement earlier this year with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Two Glacier-dependent Stoneflies Protected Under Endangered Species Act

November 20, 2019

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont.— Following a petition and two lawsuits brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the western glacier and meltwater lednian stoneflies as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Both stoneflies depend on streams formed by glacial meltwater in and around Glacier National Park, as well as a few locations in Grand Teton National Park, and are thus immediately threatened with extinction by the climate crisis.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save 274 Species From Extinction Crisis

November 20, 2019

WASHINGTON— In one of the largest lawsuits ever launched under the Endangered Species Act, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to decide whether 274 imperiled animals and plants across the country should be federally protected. Decisions for these species are years overdue.

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Lawsuit Filed Over Trump Administration Failure to Update Plan to Save Red Wolves

November 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to prepare an updated recovery plan for the red wolf, a critically endangered native species that has declined to just 14 known individuals in the wild. Without help the once-common species — now isolated in North Carolina — could be extinct in the wild within five years.

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Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl May Get Protected Again

November 14, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Following multiple petitions and lawsuits, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl has a new chance for protection under the Endangered Species Act. As part of a lawsuit, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today obtained a court-enforceable deadline — Aug. 5, 2021 — for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether the pygmy owl should again be protected as an endangered species.

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Kalama Methanol Refinery in Washington Faces New Federal Court Challenge

November 12, 2019

TACOMA, Wash.— Public health and environmental groups challenged federal approvals today for Northwest Innovation Works’ massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed for Kalama, Washington.

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Pacific Fishers Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection in California, Oregon

November 6, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect Pacific fishers under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups are decrying loopholes in the proposal under a special “4(d)” rule that will allow ongoing logging of the forest-dependent carnivore’s habitat.

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Ninth Circuit to Hear Arguments Against Arctic Offshore Drilling Project Approval

November 4, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s approval of the Liberty project, the first offshore drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Prairie Flower Becomes Endangered Species Act Success Story

November 4, 2019

DENVER, Colo.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Colorado butterfly plant from the list of threatened species today. The delisting is the result of protection of the species’ habitat through the Endangered Species Act, and represents a victory for a prairie flower that, just 20 years ago, was headed toward extinction.

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California Crab Season Delayed to Nov. 23 to Protect Whales From Entanglement

November 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced a delay of the Nov. 15 opening of commercial Dungeness crab season to reduce the risk of whale entanglements. This preliminary decision to delay the opening to Nov. 23 was based on data indicating the prevalence of whales off California presents an elevated entanglement risk.

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Federal Plan Endangers Recovery for Dwindling Gunnison Sage Grouse in Colorado, Utah

October 31, 2019

DENVER― Following a major decline in the population of Gunnison sage grouse, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a brief, vague draft recovery plan that conservation groups say fails to ensure recovery of the threatened species in Colorado and Utah.

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Theme for 2019 All Souls Procession: Wildlife Endangered by Border Wall

October 29, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Jaguars, owls, fish, bats and other endangered species threatened by the border wall in Arizona will be the official theme of the ushers and ambassadors of this year’s 30th annual All Souls Procession on Sunday, Nov. 3.

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Report: 20,000 Square Miles of Red Wolf Habitat Is Open for Urgently Needed Reintroductions

October 29, 2019

WASHINGTON— A new report reveals that approximately 20,000 square miles of public land across five sites in the southeastern United States would be well-suited to reintroducing red wolves. This critically endangered native species has dwindled to just 14 known individuals in the wild.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Habitat for 14 Imperiled Hawaii Island Species

October 28, 2019

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today sued the Trump administration for failing to protect critical habitat for 14 endangered Hawaiian species.

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Feds Launch Process to Protect Endangered West Coast Orcas From Vessel Disturbance

October 24, 2019

SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a public scoping process to determine how to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from boat noise and disturbance in Washington’s inland waters.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Killing of Washington’s Bears, Beavers, Bobcats

October 22, 2019

SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program today over its killing of thousands of native animals a year in Washington state.

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Trump Administration Delays Lifesaving Protections for Wolverine, Hermes Copper Butterfly, Candy Darter, 43 Other Species

October 21, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has failed to make protection decisions for dozens of imperiled species as promised in a workplan developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in late 2016. The plan aims to address a backlog of more than 500 species awaiting protection, including the wolverine and the Sierra Nevada Red Fox.

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Colorful Tennessee Fish Protected as Endangered

October 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Barrens topminnow today under the Endangered Species Act. The small, colorful fish is found only in central Tennessee in clear, spring-fed streams on the Barrens Plateau in Cannon, Coffee and Warren counties.

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Federal Agency Orders Halt to Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction

October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late yesterday ordered the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline to halt construction activities along the entire 303-mile route of the project.

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More Than 270 Groups Urge Senate to Increase Endangered Species Funding

October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON— In the face of growing concerns over the global wildlife extinction crisis, more than 270 conservation groups today urged the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to increase funding for endangered species conservation and recovery.

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State Endangered Species Protection Sought for California’s Joshua Trees

October 15, 2019

JOSHUA TREE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act. The trees are threatened by climate change and habitat destruction from urban sprawl and other development in their Mojave Desert home.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Attempt to Dismiss Challenges to Rock Creek Mine’s Threat to Montana Grizzly Bears

October 14, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal district court in Montana on Friday rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss key claims in a lawsuit challenging federal approval of the first phase of the Rock Creek Mine. The project would harm grizzly bears and other endangered animals.

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Legal Victory Puts 15 Species on Path to Protection Nationwide

October 11, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to decide if the elfin-woods warbler and 14 other imperiled species should get habitat protections or other safeguards under the Endangered Species Act. The agency’s agreement is in response to litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Activists Deliver Endangered Species Act Petitions With 500,000 Signatures to Speaker Pelosi’s Congressional Office

October 10, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Activists in endangered species masks and accompanied by a marching band paraded from Union Square to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Thursday to deliver 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral

October 10, 2019

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect cauliflower coral around the Hawaiian Islands. The bushy, shallow-water coral species has been devastated by ocean warming triggered by human-caused climate change.

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Activists Deliver Endangered Species Act Petitions With 500,000 Signatures to 70 Local Congressional Offices

October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON— Activists in endangered species masks today delivered more than 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Endangered Species Act to more than 70 in-district congressional offices in 25 different states.

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Trump Administration Delays Safeguards for 41 Critically Imperiled Species

October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— A review released today shows the Trump administration has protected just 18 species as threatened or endangered — the fewest of any administration since the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review is supposed to be annual, but one hasn’t been released since December of 2016.

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California Agency Recommends Protecting Yellow-legged Frog Under State’s Endangered Species Act

October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended California Endangered Species Act protections for five populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The frog has disappeared from more than half of its former California range.

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Report: Climate-fueled Superstorms Pushing 10 U.S. Species Closer to Extinction

October 9, 2019

MIAMI— The Puerto Rican parrot and the Florida manatee are among 10 U.S. species especially at risk from climate change-fueled superstorms, says a report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Signals Midwest Endangered Species Act Success

October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the Endangered Species Act recovery of the Kirtland’s warbler, a songbird that nests in young jack pine forests. It is found primarily in Michigan, but also Wisconsin and Ontario.

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Federal Rule Proposed to Protect Pacific Humpback Whale Habitat

October 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The federal government proposed a new rule today to designate 302,961 square nautical miles in the Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for three populations of endangered humpback whales. The move could help protect migrating whales from ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and oil spills.

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Trump Administration Denies Protection to 12 Highly Imperiled Species From Alaska to Florida

October 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to a dozen species of plants and animals facing extinction. The denied species include the Florida clam shell orchid, Alaska yellow cedar, Berry Cave salamander in eastern Tennessee, and Panamint alligator lizard in California.

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Wolf Pups Born to Indigo Pack in Western Oregon

October 4, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— At least four pups were born this year to Oregon’s Indigo wolf pack, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The agency also announced that it recently radio-collared one of the pups, which is nearly six months old.

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Trump Administration OKs Nighttime Airgun Blasts That Threaten Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

October 4, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Trump administration published a new permit today that aims to allow Hilcorp Alaska to conduct seismic airgun blasting in Cook Inlet at night. But that nighttime blasting violates a federal rule requiring “good visibility” to the “naked eye” to help ensure marine mammals aren’t in the blast zone.

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Trump Denies Protection to Ancient Alaskan Cedar Trees Threatened by Climate Crisis, Logging

October 4, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to the Alaska yellow cedar, which is threatened by the climate crisis and expanded logging in the Tongass National Forest.

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Endangered Species Act Saves Tiny Puerto Rican Gecko

October 2, 2019

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Puerto Rico’s Monito gecko has recovered and is being removed from the list of endangered species.

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Washington Governor Directs Wildlife Agency to Rein in Wolf Killing

October 1, 2019

SEATTLE— Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directed the state’s fish and wildlife agency on Monday to dramatically rein in its wolf killing.

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Southern Mountain Caribou Protected as Endangered Species in Major Wildlife Victory

October 1, 2019

SANDPOINT, Idaho— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized protection of a population of woodland caribou that, until 2019, straddled the border between British Columbia and Idaho, Washington and Montana. After the last caribou in the lower 48 states were removed in January, these caribou remain only in British Columbia.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in New Mexico, Texas

October 1, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court today challenging the Trump administration’s continued failure to protect severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizards under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Victory Puts Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Back on Track for Endangered Species Protection

September 27, 2019

DENVER, Colo.— A federal judge has found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of Endangered Species Act protection for the Rio Grande cutthroat trout was arbitrary and unlawful. The finding, filed late Thursday, came in response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Approval of Bee-killing Pesticide, GE Crop Uses on National Wildlife Refuges

September 26, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety sued the Trump administration today for approving the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and pesticide-intensive genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuges.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration Failure to Protect Colorado Greenback Cutthroat Trout

September 25, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for failing to protect Colorado’s state fish, the rare and threatened greenback cutthroat trout. The agency’s failure to protect the fish could hasten its extinction, a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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Senate Confirms Former Koch Crony as Interior Department’s Top Lawyer

September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate today confirmed Daniel Jorjani as solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior, despite his deep-rooted conflicts of interest and strong ties to the oil and gas industry and the Koch brothers. The final Senate vote, largely along party lines, was 51-43.

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House Republicans Revive Plan to Cripple Endangered Species Act Amid Extinction Crisis

September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON— House Republicans from the so-called “Western Caucus” today revived a package of bills from the previous Congress that would do more damage to the Endangered Species Act and condemn hundreds of animals and plants to extinction.

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Endangered Species Protections Sought for Oregon Coast Spring Chinook

September 24, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Native Fish Society, Center for Biological Diversity and Umpqua Watersheds today filed a petition to protect Oregon coast spring-run chinook salmon under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Federal Court to Decide If Endangered Jaguars Get 59,114 Acres of Protected New Mexico Habitat

September 24, 2019

DENVER— The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday, Sept. 25 in a livestock industry challenge to the protection of 59,114 acres of critical habitat for endangered jaguars in New Mexico.

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House Hearing to Focus on Bill to Save Rare Butterflies, Fish, Plants, Mollusks

September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing Tuesday to review the Extinction Prevention Act of 2019, introduced by Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Lawmakers will also examine a separate bill that would overturn new Trump administration rules that cripple the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Protect Florida Lizard

September 23, 2019

MIAMI— The Center for Biological Diversity sued Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying protection to the Florida Keys mole skink under the Endangered Species Act.

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House Democrats Advance Bill Protecting Lions, Elephants From Trophy Hunting

September 18, 2019

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee advanced several bills today that would increase protection for imperiled wildlife, including legislation that would restrict imports of hunting trophies from dead African lions and elephants.

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Federal Rule Protects Endangered Orcas’ West Coast Habitat

September 18, 2019

SEATTLE— The federal government proposed a new rule today expanding critical habitat protection along the West Coast for critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales, whose population has dipped to just 73 orcas.

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Congressional Democrats Introduce Bill to Overturn Trump’s Disastrous Endangered Species Act Rollback

September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON— Congressional Democrats today introduced legislation to repeal regulations finalized by the Trump administration in August that would cripple implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Community, Wildlife From Southern California Warehouse Project

September 16, 2019

FONTANA, Calif.— Conservation groups and UST-CB Partners, a development company, reached an agreement today over a controversial warehouse project in the Southern California city of Fontana that threatened local communities and wildlife habitat.

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Oregon Bans Trapping of Humboldt Martens

September 16, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition from conservation groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-3 late Friday to protect Humboldt martens from trapping. Fewer than 200 of the martens survive in the state’s coastal forests.

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Lesser Prairie Chickens One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups scored a victory today with a legal agreement ensuring the lesser prairie chicken will get a decision about protection under the Endangered Species Act by May 26, 2021.

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Oregon Fish Is Saved by Endangered Species Act

September 12, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Oregon’s Foskett speckled dace has recovered and is being removed from endangered status.

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Legal Challenge to Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Expanded

September 10, 2019

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation groups today expanded their federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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Arizona’s Mount Graham Red Squirrel Moves Toward Expanded Habitat Protection

September 5, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed that designating additional critical habitat for the Mount Graham red squirrel may be warranted.

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ORVs Drive Spike in Protected Shorebird Deaths at California’s Oceano Dunes

September 4, 2019

OCEANO, Calif.— Western snowy plover deaths have risen dramatically at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, according to reports from environmental monitors working for California State Parks.

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Lawsuit Challenges Hilcorp’s Plan to Blast Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

September 4, 2019

ANCHORAGE— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s approval of rules allowing Hilcorp Alaska LLC to harm Cook Inlet beluga whales and other marine mammals as it expands its offshore oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Endangered Appalachian Species From Coal Mining

September 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect endangered species from coal mining in Appalachia in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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West Coast Whale Entanglements Drop After Legal Settlement with California, Crab Fishery

September 3, 2019

SANTA ROSA, Calif.— The number of whales entangled in fishing gear along the West Coast dropped this year following a legal settlement that ended California’s commercial Dungeness crab season early.

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Feds Told to Start Over on Crucial Mountain Valley Pipeline Permit

August 28, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reinitiate consultation and reconsider its Endangered Species Act permit for the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Wildlife-killing Program in 10 California Counties

August 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Project Coyote today sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program over its outdated wildlife-killing plan for 10 counties in Northern California.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Habitat for 23 Imperiled Micronesian Species

August 26, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect critical habitat for 23 endangered species in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Territory of Guam, the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Habitat for 12 Endangered Coral Species

August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. The corals all received Endangered Species Act protection in 2014, but they did not receive the critical habitat protection the law requires.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Attack on Endangered Species Act

August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON— Environmental and animal protection groups today sued the Trump administration over its new regulations that dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Endangered West Coast Orcas

August 19, 2019

SEATTLE— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for ignoring a legal petition to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales in the heart of their Salish Sea habitat.

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Seward Endangered Species Mural to Be Celebrated Aug. 21

August 19, 2019

SEWARD, Alaska— A new endangered species mural outside Seward’s Temple Studios will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The Center for Biological Diversity, Blackwater Railroad Company, Puffin Foundation and Mermaid Festival are hosting the event.

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Trump Administration Denies Protection to Six More Imperiled Species

August 14, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to six species from around the country, including an imperiled bee and the Siskiyou Mountains salamander. The agency was responding to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups.

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Trump Administration to Strip Florida Key Deer of Federal Protection

August 14, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— President Donald Trump’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to strip Endangered Species Act protection from Florida Key deer despite severe and increasing threats from sea-level rise, disease, hurricanes and urban sprawl. A letter from the agency revealed that it intends to delist the Key deer.

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Iconic Sturgeon of Great Lakes, Mississippi River Take Step Toward Endangered Species Protection

August 14, 2019

CHICAGO— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will consider Endangered Species Act protection for lake sturgeon. Today’s positive finding responds to a 2018 Center for Biological Diversity petition seeking safeguards for the big fish.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Plastic Pollution, Warming

August 13, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection and Turtle Island Restoration Network filed a notice today of their intent to sue the federal government for failing to protect green sea turtle habitat, which faces threats from sea-level rise, plastic pollution and warming.

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New Lawsuit Launched Against Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia

August 12, 2019

RICHMOND, Va.— Conservation groups launched a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The petition for review of the project was filed with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

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Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act

August 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration today finalized rollbacks to regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The changes, which could lead to extinction for hundreds of animals and plants, are illegal and will be challenged in court.

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Court OKs Ban on Wildlife Cyanide Poisoning Across 10 Million Acres of Wyoming

August 12, 2019

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A federal wildlife-killing program will be banned from using deadly M-44s — spring-loaded capsules armed with cyanide spray — across more than 10 million acres of public land in Wyoming. The ban is as part of an agreement resulting from a lawsuit brought by wildlife advocacy groups.

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Park Service Floats Plan to Shoot Native Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore

August 8, 2019

POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service released a draft plan today that calls for shooting native elk to allow for expanded cattle ranching and commercial agriculture at Point Reyes National Seashore. The plan would allow the killing of tule elk, damage to wildlife habitat, harm of endangered species, degradation of water quality and create new conflicts with other native wildlife species.

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Trump Administration Reauthorizes Wildlife-killing M-44 ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Despite Strong Opposition

August 7, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has reauthorized use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.

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Court: Oregon Illegally Denied Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Protections

August 7, 2019

EUGENE, Ore.— An Oregon judge has issued a decision concluding the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission violated state law in denying a petition filed by five conservation groups demanding the commission uplist the murrelet from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.

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Washington Timberlands Bear Hunting Program’s Fate to Be Decided at Friday Hearing

August 6, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The cruel use of hounds and bait to hunt black bears on Washington timberlands could halt Friday at a hearing on the Center for Biological Diversity’s legal challenge to those hunting methods. The hearing will be held at Thurston County Superior Court.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Atlantic Sharks, Giant Manta Rays From Lethal Fishing Gear

August 1, 2019

WASHINGTON— On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect oceanic whitetip sharks and giant manta rays from being captured and killed in U.S. fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

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Trump Administration Permits Hilcorp Alaska to Harm Marine Mammals in Cook Inlet

July 30, 2019

ANCHORAGE— The Trump administration issued final rules today allowing Hilcorp Alaska to harm beluga whales, sea otters and other marine mammals as the company expands its offshore drilling activities in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.

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Legal Action Forces Trump Administration to Curb Killing of California Beavers

July 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services has agreed to stop shooting and trapping California beavers on more than 11,000 miles of river and 4 million acres of land where the killing could hurt endangered wildlife.

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Threatened Snakes to Get Protected Habitat in Arizona, New Mexico

July 25, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to designate protected critical habitat for the narrow-headed and northern Mexican garter snakes, marking a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Challenges Political Meddling in EPA Public Records Changes

July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Integrity Project sued the Trump administration today over sweeping changes to how the Environmental Protection Agency handles public-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The EPA’s new rule will take effect Friday.

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Trump Administration Agrees to Revisit Ocean Salmon Fishing Impact on Endangered West Coast Orcas

July 19, 2019

SEATTLE― A lawsuit challenging West Coast salmon fishing’s impact on critically endangered orcas was put on hold today after the Trump administration agreed to update its analysis. A federal judge approved the settlement and stayed the case until May 1, 2020, or sooner if the National Marine Fisheries Service completes the new biological opinion that will include mitigation measures.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Imperiled Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in Texas, New Mexico

July 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act.

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Wyoming Game Commission Urged to Adopt Bear Spray Requirement

July 18, 2019

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo.— The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet on July 18 and 19 to decide whether to require hunters to carry bear spray in grizzly bear habitat, in response to a petition from conservation groups. The commission will also consider how to control the spread of chronic wasting disease and whether to adopt regulations for wolf hunting.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Forest Service to Protect Endangered Species, Remove Livestock From Arizona, New Mexico Waterways

July 17, 2019

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for allowing livestock to trample southwestern rivers and streams, which destroys wildlife habitat and threatens rare species. The grazing violates the Endangered Species Act and an earlier legal settlement.

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Petition Seeks to Remove Snail Darter From Endangered Species List, Marking Conservation Success

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, former federal biologist Jim Williams and law professor Zygmunt Plater petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to lift Endangered Species Act protection from snail darters.

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Endangered Species Mural to Be Celebrated July 19 in New Mexico

July 16, 2019

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Mimbres Regional Arts Council’s Youth Mural Program and Western New Mexico University will unveil a new endangered species mural on Friday, July 19.

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1.8 Million People Oppose Trump Effort to End Gray Wolf Protection

July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received a record-breaking 1.8 million digital comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protection from gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states. The proposal’s official comment period ends today.

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Study: Politics Harming Recovery of Endangered Mexican Wolves

July 12, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A new study released today finds that politics played a large role in the goals set in the 2017 Mexican wolf recovery plan, threatening to severely undermine Mexican wolf recovery.

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Six Pups Born to White River Wolves This Year in Western Oregon

July 11, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— Six pups were born this year to Oregon’s White River wolf pack, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. A video of the two-to-three-month-old wolf pups howling back and forth with their parents was captured on a trail camera by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, whose reservation is within the pack’s home territory.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Dwindling Numbers of Mountain Caribou

July 10, 2019

SANDPOINT, Idaho— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to finalize endangered species protection and designate critical habitat for Southern Mountain caribou.

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Washington Wildlife Agency Issues Another Kill Order for Endangered Wolves

July 10, 2019

SEATTLE— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife today issued a kill order for endangered wolves from the Old Profanity Territory pack in northeast Washington.

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Trump EPA Warned That New Rule Curbing Public Access to Environmental Records Is Dangerous, Unlawful

July 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule gives Trump administration appointees dangerous and unlawful new power to curb the public release of crucial environmental records, nonprofit conservation and transparency organizations warned today.

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Legal Action Taken to Save Critical Habitat of Endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mice

July 5, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Two conservation groups filed a motion on Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The species is severely threatened by habitat destruction, and only a few isolated populations remain.

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Court Upholds Protections for Rare California Gnatcatcher

July 3, 2019

LOS ANGELES– A federal court today dismissed a lawsuit seeking to remove the imperiled coastal California gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species Act list, ensuring the bird is protected.

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Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Salamander in California, Oregon

July 1, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to respond to a 2018 petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Siskiyou Mountains salamander.

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New Legal Challenges Launched to Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

July 1, 2019

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands without evaluating the project’s impacts as required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act.

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Lawsuit Filed to Force Trump Administration to Expand, Update Plan for Grizzly Bear Recovery

June 27, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s failure to update the federal recovery plan for grizzly bears. An updated plan should reflect current science and consider additional areas where grizzlies once lived and can now be reintroduced.

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Rare California Salamanders Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

June 26, 2019

REDDING, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Environmental Protection Information Center secured a victory for three species of Shasta salamanders today: A new settlement will speed up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision on whether the animals warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The agency is now required to make that decision by April 30, 2021.

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Dozens Rally in Minnesota Against Trump’s Plan to Strip Protection From Wolves as Scores Expected to Testify at Hearing

June 25, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today will hold its only public hearing on the Trump administration proposal to end federal protection for nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states in Brainerd, Minn.

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Grizzly Committee to Consider Measures to Protect Bears, Reduce Conflict in Northern Rockies

June 24, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont.— The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will consider on Tuesday whether to implement additional measures to reduce conflicts between grizzly bears and people in the northern Rockies, as requested by conservation groups and others.

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Half a Million People Urge Gov. Inslee to Oppose Wolf Slaughter in Washington State

June 24, 2019

SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee today asking that his administration manage wolves according to science and consistent with the wishes of most Washingtonians — instead of making political compromises to satisfy the livestock industry.

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Minnesota Rally, Public Hearing to Focus on Trump Plan to End Wolf Protection

June 20, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS— Wolf advocates will rally on Tuesday in Brainerd, Minn., just before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s only public hearing on the Trump administration proposal to end federal protection for nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration Failure to Update Outdated Red Wolf Recovery Plan

June 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to prepare an updated recovery plan for the United States’ rapidly dwindling population of endangered red wolves.

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Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Imperiled Ice Seals’ Arctic Habitat

June 13, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to designate critical habitat in Alaska for two ice-seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because climate change is melting their Arctic sea-ice habitat.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protections for Lesser Prairie Chickens

June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration for failing to protect severely imperiled lesser prairie chickens under the Endangered Species Act.

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Oregon Court Ruling Means Streaked-horned Lark May Get Endangered Status

June 11, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— A federal judge ruled late yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred in determining that the streaked-horned lark only warranted threatened, and not endangered, status. The lark has suffered massive declines across its range in western Oregon and Washington, and as few as 1,100 remain alive.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Toxic Algae Bloom Releases From Lake Okeechobee

June 11, 2019

FT. PIERCE, Fla.— Conservation groups sued three federal agencies today for failing to address harm to Florida’s endangered species from Lake Okeechobee releases containing toxic algae.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Case Blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Relying on New Permit Issued by President Trump

June 6, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a legal challenge to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, ruling the case was no longer active due to President Trump’s revocation of the permit at the center of the case. In March, Trump issued a new “presidential” permit for Keystone XL, in an effort to spur construction of the pipeline.

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Endangered Mussels to Gain Protected Habitat in 18 Eastern, Midwestern States

June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to designate critical habitat for four endangered freshwater mussels found in 18 states in the East and Midwest, marking a major legal victory for the species and for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump EPA to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog

June 4, 2019

VENTURA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to finalize plans to curtail dangerous smog in Ventura County, Calif.

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Reward Increased to $10,000 for Info on Killing of Endangered Washington Wolf

June 4, 2019

SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased to $10,000 the reward for information leading to a conviction for the latest illegal killing of a radio-collared wolf found in northeast Washington.

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Agriculture Department’s ‘Wildlife Services’ Killed Nearly 1.5 Million Native Animals in 2018

June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON— The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed nearly 1.5 million native animals during 2018, according to new data released by the agency this week.

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Lawsuit Seeks Federal Habitat Protection for Two Central Texas Salamanders

June 3, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to designate critical habitat in central Texas for the Georgetown salamander and Salado salamander.

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Top Wolf Experts Say Science Doesn't Support Trump Plan to Strip Away Species’ Protection

May 31, 2019

WASHINGTON— Top wolf scientists said today that there are major flaws in the Trump administration proposal to end Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in nearly all the lower 48 states.

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Federal Appeals Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging Lead Ammo Use in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest

May 30, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Ruling in favor of conservation groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today allowed a lawsuit to move forward challenging the use of lead ammunition in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered California Salmon Harmed by Federal Beaver-killing

May 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program for killing California beavers and harming native salmon, southwestern willow flycatchers and other endangered wildlife that uses habitats created by beavers.

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2019 Hurricane Predictions Spell Disaster for Coastal Communities, Wildlife

May 30, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on Saturday, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a total of nine to 15 named storms and as many as four major hurricanes.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral After 36 Percent Decline

May 29, 2019

HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect cauliflower coral around the Hawaiian Islands. The bushy, shallow-water coral species has been devastated by ocean warming triggered by human-caused climate change.

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Critically Endangered Spring Pygmy Sunfish Gains 1,330 Acres, Six Stream Miles of Protected Habitat

May 29, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— Following a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will protect 1,330 acres and 6.7 stream miles of critical habitat for the federally threatened spring pygmy sunfish under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Lake Sturgeon in Mississippi River, Great Lakes

May 29, 2019

CHICAGO— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a 2018 petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the lake sturgeon.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Trump Plan to End Wolf Protections

May 28, 2019

WASHINGTON— A new national poll released today by the Center for Biological Diversity shows the majority of Americans oppose the Trump administration’s proposal to end Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in nearly all the lower 48 states.

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Decision on Monarch Butterfly's Endangered Species Protection Extended to 2020

May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON— In an agreement approved today, the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety accepted an extended deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide on protection for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Oregon's Red Tree Vole, Other Species

May 23, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect eight highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act, including Oregon’s North Coast population of the red tree vole. The tree voles have been devastated by logging and historic fires.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Imperiled Longfin Smelt, Seven Other Species

May 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the longfin smelt, as well as seven other highly imperiled species across the country, under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Eastern Gopher Tortoise in Florida, Other Southern States

May 23, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the eastern gopher tortoise and seven other highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Endangered Species Nationwide

May 23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect eight highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act.

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Fisheries Meeting Aims to Ensure Enough West Coast Salmon for Starving Orcas

May 23, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— Federal, state and tribal fishery managers and experts on critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales begin meeting today to discuss how West Coast salmon fishing is limiting availability of the starving orcas’ main food source.

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Amid Extinction Crisis, Rep. Grijalva Introduces Bill to Save Critically Endangered Species

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON— As scientists warn of a global extinction crisis, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation today that would provide funding for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States — butterflies, Hawaiian plants, eastern freshwater mussels and southwest desert fish.

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North Carolina Fish, Salamander Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

May 21, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Following a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed the Carolina madtom catfish and Neuse River waterdog salamander for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development

May 16, 2019

BONANZA, Utah— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit says officials failed to protect several endangered species when they approved rights-of-way across public lands to provide utilities to the proposed oil shale development.

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Court Order Sought to Stop Rosemont Mine Construction in Arizona

May 16, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups and tribes Wednesday asked a federal court to prevent construction from starting on the Rosemont Copper Mine in southern Arizona until a judge rules on pending lawsuits filed by the parties.

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Emergency Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Delaware Firefly

May 15, 2019

BETHANY BEACH, Del.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed an emergency petition today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the critically imperiled Bethany Beach firefly.

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Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges

May 14, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California.

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House Democrats Boost Endangered Species Listing Budget by 30%

May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON— House Democrats today released a funding bill for the Interior Department that includes $23.4 million to evaluate whether imperiled animals and plants warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. That’s an increase of $5 million from the 2019 budget.

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900,000 Already Oppose Trump Plan to End Wolf Protections

May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON— A coalition of organizations submitted nearly 900,000 comments today opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to end Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in nearly all the lower 48 states. This is the largest number of comments ever received by the federal government on an Endangered Species Act issue in the law’s 45-year history.

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Massive New Mexico Logging Plan Threatens Iconic Owl Stronghold

May 13, 2019

CLOUDCROFT, N.M.― Conservation groups today called on the U.S. Forest Service to revise plans for large-scale commercial logging in southern New Mexico’s Lincoln National Forest. The logging threatens habitat for the imperiled Mexican spotted owl and New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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Trump EPA Seeks to Slash Pesticide Protections for Imperiled Wildlife

May 10, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a set of proposed changes that would dramatically reduce protections for the nation’s most endangered plants and animals from pesticides known to harm them. The proposals ignore the real-world, science-based assessments of pesticides’ harms, instead relying on arbitrary industry-created models.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Protect Endangered Species From Coal Mining in Appalachia

May 10, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state of West Virginia for failing to protect endangered species from coal mining.

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Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Wants EPA Ban on Wildlife-killing 'Cyanide Bombs'

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON— More than 99.9 percent of people commenting on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reauthorize sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s support a ban on these “cyanide bombs,” according to an analysis released today.

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More than 100 Scientists Oppose Removing Federal Protections for Gray Wolves

May 7, 2019

WASHINGTON— More than 100 scientists today sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objecting to the proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Massive Old-growth Timber Sale in Alaska National Forest

May 7, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska— Eight conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to stop its authorization of the largest logging project in the national forest system in a generation, including thousands of acres of old-growth timber in the Tongass National Forest.

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Lawsuits Challenge Trump Administration's Refusal to Release Documents on Pesticides

May 7, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed four lawsuits today challenging the Trump administration’s failure to release a trove of documents detailing how the administration is regulating dangerous pesticides, especially as they relate to endangered species.

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Oregon Denies Key Permit for Proposed Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project

May 6, 2019

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality today issued a resounding denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, which have faced fierce opposition from a grassroots coalition for more than a decade. The denial effectively stops the project from moving forward.

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