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Rare Flower in New Mexico’s High Desert Proposed for Federal Protection

September 28, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect Wright’s marsh thistle, an imperiled wetland plant in New Mexico, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and to designate 159 acres as protected critical habitat.

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Two Eastern Freshwater Mussels Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

September 28, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky.— In response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the round hickorynut and longsolid freshwater mussels under the Endangered Species Act, with more than 2,000 river miles of proposed critical habitat from Pennsylvania to Mississippi.

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

September 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the red-cockaded woodpecker has recovered enough to be downlisted from endangered to threatened. The bird once occurred across much of the southeastern United States in long-leaf pine forests but was federally protected as endangered in 1970.

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Petition Aims to Protect Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake Under Endangered Species Act

September 24, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today again petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Tucson shovel-nosed snake as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine to Be Banned in Hawaii, Five U.S. Territories, Prohibited on Conifers, Roadsides

September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine will be banned in Hawaii and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the North Mariana Islands.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Colorado’s Critically Imperiled Gunnison Sage Grouse

September 23, 2020

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project notified the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Parks Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today of their intent to sue over the agencies’ failure to adequately protect the Gunnison sage grouse in the Gunnison Basin, where the majority of remaining birds survive.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Failure to Protect Caribbean Lizards as Endangered

September 23, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect eight rare species of skink, a type of lizard, under the Endangered Species Act. The skinks are found only on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and face extinction because of introduced predators, habitat destruction and climate change.

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California Commission OKs Petition Protecting Joshua Trees Under State’s Endangered Species Act

September 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Fish and Game Commission agreed today to accept a petition protecting western Joshua trees under the state’s Endangered Species Act, granting legal protection to the iconic trees for at least a year.

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Fate of Puget Sound Commercial Fish Farms to Be Decided at Thursday’s Virtual Hearing

September 22, 2020

SEATTLE— A challenge to permits allowing continued commercial fish farming in Puget Sound will be heard via Zoom on Thursday in King County Superior Court. The complaint, filed in February by four conservation groups, demands the repeal of the permits and robust environmental review of this harmful practice. The decision could potentially affect seven commercial fish farms.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee at Minnetonka’s Lone Lake Park

September 22, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Minnetonka have reached an agreement to protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee at Lone Lake Park, the site of a planned multi-use mountain-bike trail. Under the agreement, the city will implement numerous conservation measures, including creation of habitat for the bees and other pollinators.

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Park Service Finalizes Disastrous Point Reyes Plan to Kill Native Wildlife, Prioritize Commercial Livestock Grazing

September 18, 2020

POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service released a management plan amendment today for Point Reyes National Seashore that would enshrine commercial cattle ranching in the California park at the expense of native wildlife and natural habitat. It also calls for the killing of native tule elk and would authorize new agricultural uses that will put other wildlife at risk.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Arizona’s Verde River From Ravages of Illegal Grazing

September 17, 2020

PHOENIX― The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to stop widespread damage from cattle grazing along the Verde River, its tributaries and streambanks.

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Federal Protection Proposed for Two Missouri Crayfishes, Colorado Flower

September 16, 2020

DENVER— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect a rare plant in southwestern Colorado and two crayfishes in a single watershed in Missouri as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Seek New Critical Habitat for Endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrels

September 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand critical habitat for Arizona’s highly endangered Mount Graham red squirrels.

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Legal Victory Puts Keys Lizard Back on Track for Endangered Species Protection

September 16, 2020

MIAMI— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge found today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2017 denial of Endangered Species Act protection to the Florida Keys mole skink was arbitrary and unlawful.

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More Than 17,000 Rare Nevada Wildflowers Destroyed

September 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS— Conservationists discovered over the weekend that someone had dug up and destroyed more than 17,000 Tiehm’s buckwheat plants, a rare Nevada wildflower the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this summer may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Logging Threat to Endangered Wildlife in Northern California Redwoods

September 15, 2020

GUALALA, Calif.— Conservation groups filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit today against the Gualala Redwood Timber Company to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from a logging project in a redwood forest near Northern California’s Gualala River.

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More Than 1,500 Acres of Critical Habitat Proposed for Two Central Texas Salamanders

September 14, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— Following a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed 1,519 acres in the Austin area as protected critical habitat for the Georgetown and Salado Springs salamanders.

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Idaho Documents Reveal Weeks-old Wolf Pups Among 570 Maimed, Slaughtered Wolves

September 11, 2020

BOISE, Idaho— As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that the removal of wolves from Endangered Species Act protection nationwide is “very imminent,” new data from Idaho show the ugly face of state wolf-management there.

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Washington Bans Cruel Wildlife-killing Contests

September 11, 2020

SEATTLE— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to ban wildlife-killing contests, making it the seventh state to enact such a measure.

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Oregon Urged to End Beaver Trapping, Hunting on Federal Lands

September 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a petition today asking the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to permanently close commercial and recreational beaver trapping and hunting on the state’s federally managed public lands and the waters that flow through them. Beavers are Oregon’s official state animal, but they can be legally hunted and trapped with few limits.

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Killing of Three Wolves Dims Hopes for New Colorado Population

September 10, 2020

DENVER— At least half of the six wolves spotted moving into northwestern Colorado earlier this year were recently shot and killed just over the border in Wyoming. The remaining wolves’ status and whereabouts are uncertain.

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Survey Finds Subsidies Don’t Decrease Ranchers’ Hostility to Mexican Gray Wolves

September 10, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— A new survey of Arizona ranchers finds that government subsidies to compensate for livestock losses caused by Mexican gray wolves do little to change the broad dislike for the predators within the industry. Further, the survey showed that the strongest antipathy is held by those ranchers who have never lost stock to wolves.

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Gov. Inslee Orders Rework of Washington’s Wolf-killing Policies

September 4, 2020

SEATTLE— In a win for wolf advocates, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock. This action reverses the commission’s denial of a petition filed by advocates in May that called for reforms of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lethal wolf-management policies.

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American Burying Beetle Loses Endangered Status Despite Major Threats From Oil Development, Climate Change

September 4, 2020

TULSA, Okla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the downlisting of the American burying beetle from endangered to threatened despite the absence of the beetle from most of its range, ongoing habitat destruction from the oil and gas industry, and new information that climate change is decimating the species in the southern Plains.

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Trump Administration Further Weakens Habitat Protection for Endangered Species

September 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed new regulations today that radically alter the existing process for deciding when to exclude a particular area from a critical habitat designation for wildlife or plants protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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Analysis: Proposed Washington Methanol Refinery Would Produce Massive Pollution

September 2, 2020

LACEY, Wash.— A new environmental analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology of the proposed fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington found the plant would rank as one of the state’s largest sources of climate pollution if constructed.

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Trump Administration Hastening Review to Expedite Sprawl in Florida

September 2, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a presidential executive order, the Department of the Interior is considering sidestepping key conservation laws to fast-track a Collier County development that threatens to destroy 45,000 acres of essential Florida panther habitat, according to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Humboldt Martens Receive Long-awaited Endangered Species Act Protection

September 1, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Humboldt marten will receive protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes after two conservation groups sued the Trump administration for its long delay in finalizing protections for this rare species.

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SEC Complaint Charges Misleading Claims by Australian Company Over Nevada Mine

September 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today asserting that the Australian mining company Ioneer provided materially misleading statements to investors.

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National Park Service Pressed to Tear Down Elk Barrier, Ensure Water Supply for Point Reyes Elk

August 31, 2020

POINT REYES, Calif.— In response to reports of tule elk dying amid an ongoing drought, the Center for Biological Diversity and Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic today demanded that the National Park Service remove a fence from Tomales Point in northern Point Reyes National Seashore that confines elk on a peninsula with inadequate water.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Fort Lauderdale Hilton for Harming Sea Turtles

August 27, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center and Hilton Hotels for lighting practices that harm nesting and hatchling sea turtles.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Protection for Wolves, Grizzly Bears on Alaska’s National Preserves

August 26, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Thirteen groups filed a federal lawsuit today to restore Obama-era protections for Alaska’s wildlife on national preserves managed by the National Park Service.

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TC Energy Warned That Construction of Keystone XL Poses Unlawful Harm to Endangered Species

August 25, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed a supplemental notice letter today warning TC Energy that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline must not continue while analysis of the harm to imperiled wildlife remains incomplete.

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Rare Virgin Islands Flower Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

August 25, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed listing the marrón bacora, a plant native to the Virgin Islands, as endangered and identified 2,549 acres of potential critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save Rare Southern Nevada Butterfly

August 20, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity launched a lawsuit today to block a proposed ski-resort expansion in southern Nevada that could drive the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly to extinction.

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Legal Action Seeks Endangered Species Protection for Giant California Fly

August 20, 2020

FRESNO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for improperly denying Endangered Species Act protection to the critically imperiled San Joaquin Valley giant flower-loving fly.

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Federal Agency Revokes Protections for Wildlife on Scores of National Wildlife Refuges Across Country

August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today approved the single-largest expansion ever of hunting and fishing in national wildlife refuges, including allowing bears, mountain lions and other top predators to be killed in more places.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring

August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today over the Environmental Protection Agency’s suspension of pollution monitoring and reporting requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Refusal to Protect California Spotted Owl

August 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for refusing to protect California spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act.

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Washington State Kills Last Two Members of Wedge Wolf Pack

August 17, 2020

SEATTLE— Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today that it killed the remaining two members of the Wedge wolf pack Aug. 13. The killing comes after another summer fraught with livestock-wolf conflict and public outcry over the need for changes in how the agency manages this state endangered species.

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Gov. Inslee Urged to Act After Washington Wolf Advisor’s Removal

August 13, 2020

SEATTLE— Environmental groups called on Gov. Jay Inslee today to reform wolf management in Washington after the sudden removal of conservationist Tim Coleman from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wolf Advisory Group.

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Court Overturns Trump Administration Policy That Sharply Curtailed Protections for Migratory Birds

August 11, 2020

NEW YORK— A federal court today overturned a Trump administration reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that had upended decades of enforcement and let industry polluters entirely off the hook for killing birds.

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Legal Petition Urges U.S. to Certify That China’s Pangolin Trade Violates Wildlife Treaty

August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation organizations filed a legal petition today urging the U.S. secretary of the Interior to formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins. If certification under the Pelly Amendment is granted, the U.S. government can sanction China, including banning all wildlife imports from the country.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Minnesota’s Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee

August 5, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the city of Minnetonka for failing to protect endangered rusty patched bumblebees from a planned mountain-bike course in Lone Lake Park, home to one of the largest populations of the bee in Minnesota.

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Trump Administration Proposes New Limits on Protecting Endangered Species Habitat

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration issued a new proposal today that will severely limit the government’s ability to protect habitat that imperiled animals and plants will need to survive and recover.

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Federal Review of Columbia River Dams Fails to Protect Salmon, Orcas

July 31, 2020

SEATTLE— A federal analysis of dams in the Columbia River basin released today fails to move toward the only viable alternative for saving salmon and the Southern Resident killer whales that rely on them for food: the removal of the four lower Snake River dams.

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Critical Habitat Designated for Threatened Idaho Plant

July 23, 2020

BOISE, Idaho—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated critical habitat today for slickspot peppergrass, a rare and threatened plant found only in southwestern Idaho. The decision proposes approximately 42,129 acres of protected habitat in Ada, Elmore, Gem, Payette and Owyhee counties in Idaho. The designation is roughly 20,000 acres less than the acreage proposed in 2014.

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Washington Wildlife Agency Issues Kill Order on Another Endangered Wolf Pack

July 23, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a new order today authorizing the killing of one member of the Wedge wolf pack in Stevens County — the latest in a long series of kill orders in this area.

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Central California Coast Snail Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

July 23, 2020

MORRO BAY, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed changing the Endangered Species Act status of the Morro shoulderband snail from endangered to threatened.

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Washington Governor Urged to Order New Rules to Reduce Wolf-killing

July 23, 2020

SEATTLE— Conservation groups petitioned Gov. Jay Inslee today to order the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft enforceable rules that limit when the state can kill endangered wolves for conflicts with livestock.

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Trump Administration Denies Montana Grayling Endangered Species Protection

July 22, 2020

BUTTE, Mont.— The Trump administration denied protection today to the Montana arctic grayling, a member of the salmon family now found in just 4% of its historic range.

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Lawsuit Launched to Finalize Endangered Species Protection for North Carolina Catfish, Salamander

July 22, 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize protection for two imperiled aquatic species in eastern North Carolina under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Release Records on End of North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan

July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to release public records on the termination of a program to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington.

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Two Rare Nevada Wildflowers Move Toward Endangered Species Protection

July 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that two imperiled Nevada wildflowers may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The agency initiated a one-year review for Tiehm’s buckwheat and the Las Vegas bearpoppy. Today’s finding comes in response to petitions submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity in 2019.

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California’s Lassen Wolf Pack Has Pups for Fourth Straight Year

July 20, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— California’s only known wolf family, the Lassen pack, has produced its fourth litter of pups. The pups’ father joined the pack recently, after the pack’s first breeding male disappeared last summer.

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Endangered Species Protections Sought for Rare Wolf in Southeast Alaska

July 15, 2020

SITKA, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska Rainforest Defenders and Defenders of Wildlife petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to give Endangered Species Act protections to the Alexander Archipelago wolf in Southeast Alaska.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Restore North Cascades Grizzly Bears

July 15, 2020

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash.— The Center for Biological Diversity initiated a lawsuit today to challenge the Trump administration’s recent termination of a program aimed at restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. In the past decade, biologists have documented only four grizzly bears in the region.

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Dunes Sagebrush Lizard One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protections

July 15, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the dunes sagebrush lizard may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and initiated a year-long status review.

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Keystone XL Faces New Legal Challenge Over Faulty Federal Review

July 14, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation and landowner groups filed a new lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline to be constructed on federal lands.

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Lawsuit Filed to Ensure Water for Rare Nevada Fish

July 13, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Nevada state engineer today for allowing groundwater pumping that reduces spring flows and endangers the rare Moapa dace.

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Updated ‘Redlist:’ More Than 1 in 4 Evaluated Species Facing Extinction

July 9, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— An updated assessment released today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature found that 27% of evaluated species of plants and animals around the globe are threatened with extinction.

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Appeals Court Victory Maintains Protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies

July 8, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a federal court’s 2018 ruling that the Trump administration illegally stripped Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. The decision spares the grizzlies from previous plans for trophy hunts in Wyoming and Idaho.

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California Coastal Commission Orders Oceano Dunes to Remain Closed to Vehicles to Protect Nesting Shorebirds

July 8, 2020

OCEANO, Calif.— The California Coastal Commission has ordered State Parks officials to keep significant portions of Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area closed to vehicles and camping through the end of September to protect western snowy plovers.

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Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Dire Straits as Population Numbers Continue to Decline

July 7, 2020

DENVER, Colo. ­– A new survey of the Gunnison sage-grouse by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows the imperiled bird’s three-year running average count has hit a historic low, with fewer than 1,600 birds remaining in 2020.

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In Yet Another Blow to Keystone XL, Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Key Water-crossing Permit

July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court today declined a request from TC Energy and the Trump administration to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed under Nationwide Permit 12, a key water-crossing permit for pipelines that a district court found unlawful. The court also issued a partial stay of the district court’s decision as it applies to other pipelines while a full appeal of the decision moves forward.

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Two Map Turtles Species Move One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection in Mississippi, Louisiana

July 6, 2020

NEW ORLEANS—As the result of a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide on Endangered Species Act protection for Pascagoula and Pearl River map turtles by Oct. 29, 2021.

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Feds Agree to Decide on Endangered Species Protection for Wolverines by Aug. 31

July 2, 2020

MISSOULA, Mont.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be required to decide whether wolverines in the lower 48 states should be protected under the Endangered Species Act by Aug. 31, 2020, in accordance with a legal agreement filed in court today with conservation groups.

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Petition Seeks California Endangered Species Protection for Quino Checkerspot Butterfly

June 29, 2020

SAN DIEGO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Habitats League filed a petition today to protect Quino checkerspot butterflies under the California Endangered Species Act.

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27,488 Acres of Critical Habitat Designated for Elfin-woods Warbler

June 29, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Following litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler. This small, black-and-white bird, found only in Puerto Rico, has lost a significant amount of habitat to urban and agricultural development. Today’s measure designates 27,488 acres of forested land on the island.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Recovery Plans for Two Southeastern Salamanders

June 29, 2020

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to develop recovery plans for the endangered reticulated and frosted flatwoods salamanders.

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Feds Kill Another Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf

June 26, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— A federal gunman killed the alpha male of the Saffel pack of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona last week for preying on livestock, according to a memo released yesterday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Washington Commission Rejects Petition for New Rules to Prevent Wolf Killing, Conflicts

June 26, 2020

SEATTLE— The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected a petition today that called for new rules to limit when the state can kill endangered wolves for conflicts with livestock.

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Newly Discovered Wetland Flower in North Carolina Already Extinct

June 25, 2020

NORTH CAROLINA— Scientists in North Carolina have determined that a species of riverbank wildflower conservationists have fought to protect since 2010 is actually two separate species — and the “new” flower has been extinct for a century. This marks the 53rd plant known to be lost to extinction in the United States and Canada.

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Critical Habitat Finalized for Endangered Arizona Mud Turtle

June 22, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced final critical habitat protection today for the endangered Sonoyta mud turtle. These highly aquatic turtles are found only in Pima County, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

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Washington Agency Issues Kill Order on Another Endangered Wolf Pack

June 19, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a new order today authorizing the killing of up to two members of the Togo wolf pack in Ferry County. This may leave the pack with just one or two surviving members, according to the department’s annual wolf report released in April.

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Trump Administration OKs Beaver Killing in Oregon, Despite Harm to Endangered Salmon, Steelhead

June 19, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Despite recognizing that restoring beaver populations is key to the recovery of imperiled salmon and steelhead species, a federal agency just gave the go-ahead to keep killing beavers in Oregon.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Tiny Florida Crayfish

June 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to finalize protections for the Panama City crayfish. The rare crayfish is threatened by habitat loss.

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Lawsuit Launched to Compel Trump Administration to Protect Bi-state Sage Grouse

June 17, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO― Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect an imperiled bird, the bi-state sage grouse, under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines.

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Rural Residents, Hunters Join Nationwide Effort to Save Mexican Wolves

June 16, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Hunters, rural residents and thousands of others in New Mexico and Arizona today joined a call to dramatically restrict trapping and shooting of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Instead, they said, the focus should be on recovering the species — among the most endangered mammals in North America — and releasing more captive-born wolves into the wild.

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Report: Nearly 90% of Minnesotans Recognize Importance of Maintaining State’s Wolf Population

June 16, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released a report today analyzing Minnesotans’ attitudes toward wolves. A key finding is that 87% of residents agree that maintaining the state’s wolf population is important.

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Oregon Wildlife Commission Keeps Cruel Trapping Practices in Place

June 16, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— After a contentious 12-hour meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected conservation proposals to adopt a uniform 24-hour trap check time for all wildlife and to ban beaver trapping on federally managed public lands.

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Nevada Takes Important Step to Protect Endangered Fish

June 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Nevada state engineer today restricted groundwater pumping from a remote desert groundwater basin, throwing a lifeline to an endangered fish and crippling plans for a sprawling planned community 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

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Trump Administration Seeks to Thwart Resident Reporting of Coal-mining Violations

June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 36 organizations have joined a chorus of lawmakers and regulatory officials calling for an extended public comment period on a major overhaul to coal-mining oversight that would hinder citizen and federal monitoring of state programs.

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Lawsuit Halts Border Road Construction in Key Grizzly Bear Habitat

June 10, 2020

SANDPOINT, Idaho— In response to a lawsuit filed by five conservation groups, federal agencies today agreed to forego planned summer construction on the Bog Creek Road project in northern Idaho.

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Tiny Oregon Lake Fish Is Latest Endangered Species Act Success

June 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Borax Lake chub, a 2-inch fish found only in Borax Lake in southeast Oregon, has made a full recovery and no longer needs the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

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Trump Administration Revokes Protections for Brown Bears, Other Wildlife in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

June 10, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Trump administration today continued efforts to repeal protections for brown bears and other wildlife on public lands in Alaska. In this latest step, the administration proposed to repeal an Obama administration rule that prohibited numerous ecologically harmful hunting methods on Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, such as gunning down brown bears at bait stations.

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Lawsuit Launched Targeting Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring

June 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration over the Environmental Protection Agency’s suspension of monitoring and reporting requirements for major pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows confirmation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service that the EPA failed to contact the wildlife agencies to discuss how the policy will comply with the Endangered Species Act.

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Lifesaving Critical Habitat Proposed for Florida Bonneted Bat

June 9, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In response to a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect 1.5 million acres as critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat. The bat is only found in South Florida and has seen its forest and wetland habitats plowed over and sprayed with pesticides for decades.

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Endangered Status Sought for Death Valley Region Fish

June 8, 2020

BISHOP, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to protect three populations of speckled dace in the Death Valley region under the Endangered Species Act. These small, minnow-like fish live in freshwater streams and springs in the desert and dry environments of Amargosa Canyon, Long Valley and Owens Valley, California.

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Legal Action Halts Federal Use of Strangulation Snares in Washington

June 5, 2020

SEATTLE— A lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity has forced a federal agency to curb its killing of beavers, bears and other wildlife across Washington state.

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Trump Administration Releases Draft Plan to Allow Widespread Bird-killing at Industrial Sites

June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration released a draft environmental impact statement today for a rule to allow indiscriminate killing of birds at industrial sites across the country, including oil and gas operations.

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Rare Gray Wolf Found in Utah Targeted by State Trappers

June 3, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— For the first time in nearly five years, a gray wolf is thought to be present in Utah, according to state authorities. But the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says it is setting traps to kill the wolf on behalf of the state’s livestock industry.

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New Study Warns of Dire Human Impacts if Wildlife Extinction Crisis Continues

June 1, 2020

WASHINGTON— A scientific study published today concludes that natural life-support systems crucial to the survival of humanity could collapse if action isn’t taken to save wildlife populations.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Delay in Protecting Rare Nevada Fish

June 1, 2020

RENO, Nev.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for unlawfully delaying action on a petition to protect a population of small, minnow-like fish under the Endangered Species Act.

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Court Rejects Koch Brothers-funded Group’s Attack on Rare Texas Arachnid

May 29, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected an attack on the Endangered Species Act’s constitutionality brought by a special interest group financed by the Koch brothers.

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Southern California Flower Recovered, No Longer Needs Endangered Species Protection

May 29, 2020

VENTURA, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed removing the San Benito evening primrose from the federal list of threatened species based on recovery of the plant, which occurs in the central coast range of San Benito, Monterey and Fresno counties.

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Appeals Court Upholds Order Blocking Keystone XL’s Water-crossing Permit

May 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today left in place a district court decision blocking a key water crossing permit for Keystone XL and other oil and gas pipelines while a full appeal of the decision moves forward.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Approval of Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project

May 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline.

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Public Outcry Prompts Minneapolis Park Board to Prioritize Nonlethal Responses to Wildlife Conflicts

May 21, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board last night unanimously passed a resolution directing staff to prioritize nonlethal methods to mitigate conflicts with wildlife. The vote addresses concerns voiced by dozens of Minneapolis residents who objected to the city’s decision last month to contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill beavers, coyotes and other wildlife within the city’s parklands.

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Reward Increased to $3,500 for Info on Illegal Poisonings of Wolves, Family Dogs

May 21, 2020

MADISON, Wis.— The Center for Biological Diversity today added $2,500 to the reward for information leading to an arrest for the poisonings of wildlife and dogs on public lands in northern Wisconsin, bringing the total reward to $3,500.

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California Lawsuit Challenges Federal Water Contracts That Imperil Delta, Fish, Wildlife

May 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO— Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today to dispute the award of permanent federal water contracts to water users supplied by the Central Valley Project.

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New Mexico Wolf Pack Destroyed After Alpha Female Killed, Yearling Flees

May 20, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— A pack of endangered Mexican gray wolves has been eliminated in the Gila National Forest through a combination of private trapping and federal shooting on behalf of the livestock industry.

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To Revive Economy, Congress Should Invest $25 Billion in Protecting Wildlife, Restoring Public Lands

May 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— As Congress works to restart the American economy, 200 wildlife, conservation and environmental justice groups today requested $25 billion in funding for a broad array of new and existing wildlife and public-lands conservation programs that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and benefit people, communities and the environment.

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Trump Administration Forced to Review Coal-mining Threats to Endangered Species Nationwide

May 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement agreed today to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 16 to review the impacts of coal mining across the country on endangered species and ensure their survival is not being jeopardized.

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New Study Finds Broad Public Support For Wolf Reintroduction In Colorado

May 14, 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo.— A peer-reviewed study authored by 11 researchers in public opinion, biology and economics at Colorado State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 84% support among Colorado’s public for Proposition 107 to reintroduce gray wolves. The proposition will appear on November’s ballot.

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Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection for Pacific Fisher Across Most of Species’ Range

May 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Trump administration today denied Endangered Species Act protections to Pacific fishers from Northern California to the Canadian border, but granted them endangered status in the southern Sierra Nevada. The decision reversed a 2019 proposal to list fishers as threatened throughout their West Coast range.

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Federal Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Permit Critical to Keystone XL, Other Oil and Gas Pipelines

May 11, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A federal judge today largely upheld an April 15 ruling vacating Nationwide Permit 12, a key water-crossing permit used by TC Energy’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and many other pipelines nationwide.

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Legal Petition Seeks New Rules to Reduce Washington Wolf-killing

May 11, 2020

SEATTLE— Conservation groups petitioned the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today for rules limiting when the state can kill endangered wolves over conflicts with livestock. The state has killed 31 wolves since 2012, relying on a protocol that skews heavily toward lethal and ineffective outcomes.

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Protection Sought for Southern California Freshwater Minnow

May 11, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned today to protect the Santa Ana speckled dace, a small minnow native to Southern California streams, under the Endangered Species Act.

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Humboldt County Agrees to Prioritize Nonlethal Solutions to Wildlife Conflict

May 5, 2020

EUREKA, Calif.—Humboldt County approved a new contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program today that will reduce its killing of wildlife involved in conflicts with residents by prioritizing non-lethal measures. The contract also prohibits the killing of beavers.

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Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Act Protections for Humboldt Marten

May 4, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Two conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for its failure to finalize Endangered Species Act protection for the Humboldt marten.

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Colorado Bans Cruel Wildlife-killing Contests

May 1, 2020

DENVER— The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted yesterday to ban wildlife-killing contests for various furbearing and small game species in the state. Colorado is the sixth state to prohibit these cruel events.

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Public Records Sought After Federal Agents Kill Four Wolves in New Mexico

May 1, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed Freedom of Information Act requests to determine what led federal agencies in March to kill four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico, including whether the kill orders were influenced by the state’s powerful livestock industry.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Consider Endangered Listing for Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

April 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to decide by June 30 whether to consider a proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. If the petition to list is accepted, the agency will launch a one-year review to determine whether to actually protect the rare lizards, which live in Texas and New Mexico.

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Federal Court to Hold Video Hearing on Future of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

April 30, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments May 5 to determine whether to uphold a Montana federal district court 2018 decision vacating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s rule removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Action Prompts New Review of Ski Resort Expansion’s Impact on Southern Nevada Butterfly

April 30, 2020

LAS VEGAS— In response to legal action initiated by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will re-examine the effects of the proposed expansion of the Lee Canyon Ski Area on critically endangered Mount Charleston blue butterflies.

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s Failure to Address State Water Project’s Threat to Bay Delta, Salmon Runs

April 29, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Four environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today over its approval of the long-term operation of the State Water Project, the massive system of dams, pumps and aqueducts responsible for siphoning water from Northern California to Southern California. The project approval also failed to analyze the environmental harms of building a new diversion tunnel to send water south.

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Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Bungles Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Effort

April 28, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has failed to properly manage the conservation program for the highly imperiled lesser prairie chicken, wasting funds on an unneeded building in Idaho and wrongfully paying staff salaries out of the program’s endowment, according to a third-party audit of WAFWA’s efforts.

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Critical Habitat Proposed for Threatened Snakes in Arizona, New Mexico

April 27, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 18,701 acres of critical habitat for narrow-headed garter snakes and 27,784 acres of critical habitat for the northern Mexican garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico.

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Southeastern Flower Recovers in Latest Endangered Species Act Success Story

April 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the recovery of the Cumberland sandwort, a small, white flowering plant primarily found in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee. As a result of this recovery, the Service is proposing to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the plant.

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Earth Day Webinar to Highlight Plan to Protect 50% of America’s Wildlands

April 21, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— An Earth Day webinar led by one of the founders of the Center for Biological Diversity will explore a plan for protecting 30% of America’s wildlands and waters by 2030 and half of them by 2050.

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Endangered Species Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Suspension of Pollution Monitoring

April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to suspend monitoring and reporting requirements for major pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular today’s notice urges the agency to ensure that endangered and threatened species, such as salmon, are not harmed by the suspension.

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Washington Wolf Population Increased Only 11% After Another Season of Killing

April 20, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s wolf population increased by just 11% in 2019, according to figures released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife — dramatically less than what is needed to sustain the healthy growth of a wolf population into additional good wolf habitat across the state.

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Legal Victory Secures Habitat Protection for 14 Imperiled Hawaii Island Species

April 16, 2020

HONOLULU— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must designate protected critical habitat for 14 endangered Hawaii Island species because of a legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Oregon’s Wolf Population Grows to 22 Packs, 158 Animals

April 15, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon’s wolf population increased by 21 confirmed animals from 137 to 158 wolves in 2019, according to a report released today by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. The state also added six new packs, for a total of 22. The overall population increase marks an annual growth rate of 15% above last year’s numbers.

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Federal Court Invalidates Key Permit for Keystone XL

April 15, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont.—A federal judge today ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the law when it approved Nationwide Permit 12, a water-crossing permit critical for TC Energy’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and many other pipelines nationwide.

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Lawsuit Launched to Overturn Trump Administration’s Denial of Protection to California Spotted Owls

April 15, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration over its failure to protect California spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect North Oregon Coast Red Tree Voles

April 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the imperiled North Oregon Coast population of red tree voles under the Endangered Species Act.

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Feds Begin Court-ordered Rewrite of Mexican Wolf Rule for New Mexico, Arizona

April 14, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a 60-day public comment period to help determine the scope of its analysis for rewriting the rule for Mexican gray wolf management.

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Army Corps Abruptly Rescinds Its Position on Seismic Exploration in Florida’s Big Cypress

April 14, 2020

NAPLES, Fla.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed its own recent determination finding that the Texas-based Burnett Oil Company damaged “high quality wet prairie and dwarf cypress” wetlands in the Big Cypress National Preserve, degrading a water of the United States. This damage resulted from the oil company’s first phase of seismic testing for oil in this national park unit.

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Oregon Coast Spring Chinook Salmon One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protections

April 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced it will consider Endangered Species Act protections for spring-run chinook salmon on the Oregon coast. Today’s positive finding responds to a 2019 petition by the Native Fish Society, Center for Biological Diversity and Umpqua Watersheds seeking safeguards for spring-run chinook salmon returning to rivers south of the Columbia River and north of Cape Blanco.

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Memos Show Feds Killed Four Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves in Late March

April 7, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In three memos written between March 3 and March 24, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surreptitiously authorized the killing of four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico on behalf of the livestock industry. In response the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program killed one wolf on March 23 and three more on March 28.

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California Court Approves Ban on Federal Wildlife Poisoning, Trapping

April 6, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a lawsuit filed by wildlife advocacy groups, a federal animal-killing program must restrict its use of bird-killing poisons in Northern California and stop setting strangulation snares and other traps in places like the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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Lawsuit Launched to Save Endangered Southern Nevada Butterfly

April 1, 2020

LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly from a proposed expansion of the Lee Canyon Ski Area, located in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of southern Nevada.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Authorization to Kill 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone

March 31, 2020

PINEDALE, Wyo.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park.

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100+ Groups Urge Congress to Invest $100 Million to Save Monarch Butterfly

March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than 100 organizations today urged Congress to significantly increase funding to $100 million per year to help conserve monarch butterflies and their habitat.

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100 Groups Urge Congress to Address COVID-19 Causes: Wildlife Trade, Habitat Destruction

March 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 100 organizations urged Congress today to address the wildlife trade and habitat destruction, the root causes of emerging zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 that have erupted over the past several decades in the United States and around the world.

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More than 180,000 Americans Oppose Trump’s Plan to Cripple Migratory Bird Protections

March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — Conservation groups today submitted more than 180,000 public comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Finalize Endangered Species Protection for Eastern Black Rail

March 19, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today for failing to finalize a decision to protect eastern black rails under the Endangered Species Act.

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Lawsuit Seeks Federal Protection for Wolverines in Lower 48 States

March 18, 2020

MISSOULA, Mont.— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect wolverines as required by the Endangered Species Act.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Numbers Jumped to 163 in 2019

March 18, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves grew by 32 animals, from 131 in 2018 to 163 in 2019, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service census announced today. The numbers represent a 24% increase — the largest increase since 2014. Nineteen packs had pups alive at the end of the year.

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Población de Mariposa Monarca del Este se Desploma Más de la Mitad

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— El recuento anual de las mariposas monarca que pasan el invierno en México, publicado hoy, muestra una disminución del 53% respecto al año pasado y está muy por debajo del umbral en el que científicos del gobierno predijeron que la migración podría colapsar.

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Eastern Monarch Butterfly Population Plunges by More Than Half

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released today, shows a decrease of 53% from last year’s count and is well below the threshold at which government scientists predict the migration could collapse.

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Idaho Agreement Restricts Wolf-killing, Bans Use of M-44 Cyanide Bombs

March 11, 2020

BOISE, Idaho— In a key victory for wildlife, conservation groups finalized an agreement today that sets strict limits on how and where a federal agency can kill wolves in Idaho, bans the use of M-44 “cyanide bombs” statewide, and prohibits the use of snares to kill wolves on public lands.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Construction of Northern Border Road

March 10, 2020

SANDPOINT, Idaho— Five conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection today over their decision to reconstruct a northern Idaho road on the Canadian border that would harm imperiled grizzly bears, mountain caribou and other wildlife in the Selkirk Mountains.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Caribbean Lizards as Endangered

March 10, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect eight rare species of skink, from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, under the Endangered Species Act. The lizards face extinction due to introduced predators, habitat destruction and climate change.

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Conservation Groups Argue in Federal Court That Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Was Illegal

March 6, 2020

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Conservation, environmental and landowner groups argued in federal court in Montana today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrongly permitted the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands and failed to evaluate the project’s impacts, a violation of bedrock U.S. environmental laws.

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Lawsuit Advances Protections for Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral

March 4, 2020

HONOLULU— The Trump administration has finally agreed to make a decision about protecting cauliflower coral around Hawaii under the Endangered Species Act. In an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity filed in federal district court in Honolulu today, the National Marine Fisheries Service says it will determine whether the coral warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act by June 30.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Whales in California Shipping Lanes

March 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the Trump administration today that it is failing to protect endangered whales and sea turtles from being struck by ships using ports in California.

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Trump Administration Review of Columbia-Snake River Dams Fails to Protect Salmon, Orcas, Rivers

February 28, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration and Bureau of Reclamation today released the first step of a court-ordered National Environmental Policy Act review of the federal system of dams and reservoirs in the Columbia-Snake River Basin.

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Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration to Protect Habitat for 12 Coral Species

February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration agreed today to issue critical habitat protection for 12 threatened coral species: five species found in Florida and the Caribbean and seven around islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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Lawsuit Attacks Trump Failure to Protect 241 Species From Extinction

February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to decide whether 241 plants and animals across the country — from the Midwest’s golden-winged warbler to Venus flytraps in the Carolinas — should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Legal Victory Secures Habitat Protection for Two Central Texas Salamanders

February 26, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity today won a legal victory requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate protected critical habitat in central Texas for the Georgetown and Salado salamanders by Aug. 12, 2021.

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Nearly 500,000 Acres Proposed as Protected Habitat for Western Cuckoo

February 26, 2020

SILVER CITY, N.M.— In response to litigation and decades of advocacy by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed 493,665 acres, including more than 1,200 linear miles in seven states, as protected critical habitat for western yellow-billed cuckoos.

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Black Pinesnake Wins 324,000 Acres of Protected Critical Habitat in Mississippi, Alabama

February 25, 2020

JACKSON, Miss.— Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that 324,679 acres of critical habitat in Mississippi and Alabama will be protected for the rare and imperiled black pinesnake.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Update Plan to Save Houston Toads

February 24, 2020

HOUSTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to update a deficient, 35-year-old recovery plan for Houston toads. This critically endangered species is now found only in the central coastal region of Texas, and fewer than 1,000 adults may remain in the wild.

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More Than 4,000 Acres of Protected Habitat Proposed for Endangered Florida Fern

February 21, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 4,014 acres of critical habitat for the Florida bristle fern. The fern, found in small patches in Miami-Dade and Sumter counties, is acutely threatened by historic and ongoing habitat loss from development and sea-level rise.

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Lawsuit Targets Forest Service Failure to Protect Endangered Mouse, Riparian Areas in Arizona’s White Mountains

February 20, 2020

TUCSON― Conservation groups filed suit today to protect meadows and streams in eastern Arizona’s White Mountains from cows, horses and elk. The riparian areas are home to the critically endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Delays in Protecting Ancient Lake Sturgeon

February 20, 2020

CHICAGO— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for delaying a determination of whether imperiled populations of lake sturgeon will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. Millions of lake sturgeon once lived in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Basin but today the population is less than 1 % of historic levels.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Save Monarch Butterflies in West

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— A new bill in Congress would provide $25 million a year to save the rapidly declining western population of monarch butterflies from extinction. This monarch population is found primarily in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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Report: Refusal to Ban Trapping Threatens Turtles in Nine States, Enables Illegal Trade

February 20, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C.— Nine states still allow unlimited commercial harvesting of some or all native turtle species, contributing to export practices that threaten the survival of wild populations, according to a new report by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Study: Tropical Snake Diversity Collapses After Widespread Amphibian Loss

February 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A study published this week documented the shocking collapse of a snake community in Panama following a sweeping loss of amphibians to an invasive, deadly fungal disease. The findings illustrate how the loss of just a few species can trigger rapid and invisible shockwaves through an entire ecosystem, wiping out many other animals in the process.

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Legal Action Threatened to Stop Construction of Keystone XL, Prevent Imminent Harm to Endangered Species

February 13, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation and environmental groups filed notices today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the companies behind the Keystone XL pipeline for failing to consider the effects of the pipeline—including likely oil spills--on endangered species, including whooping cranes and pallid sturgeon.

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Beloved Florida Bat to Gain Protected Habitat

February 12, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— As the result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed today to protect critical habitat for Florida bonneted bats.

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Puerto Rican Butterfly, Rare Virgin Islands Flower One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

February 12, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— In a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to decide this summer whether to protect the Puerto Rico harlequin butterfly and Marrón Bacora plant under the Endangered Species Act.

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Trump Budget Ignores Extinction Crisis, Slashes Endangered Species Funding

February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration released a Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal today with massive proposed funding cuts for the Department of the Interior, even as the extinction crisis worsens in the United States and around the world.

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Interior Secretary Bernhardt Wins 2019 Rubber Dodo Award as Top Eco-Villain

February 7, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is the winner of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2019 Rubber Dodo award. The statue is awarded each year to the person or group who has most aggressively sought to destroy America's natural heritage or drive endangered species extinct.

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Endangered Wolf Found Dead in California, Officials Investigating

February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— State wildlife agency officials announced today that wolf OR-54 was found dead yesterday in Shasta County. The radio-collared wolf from Oregon made California her home nearly two years ago.

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Federal Protection Sought for Rare Freshwater Alaska Seals

February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to provide Endangered Species Act protection to a rare population of approximately 400 freshwater seals found only in Alaska’s Iliamna Lake.

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International Turtle Experts Urge Florida to Protect Diamondback Terrapins From Drowning in Crab Pots

February 5, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A group of leading international turtle experts urged the state of Florida today to require the use of excluder devices on crab traps, endorsing a rule sought by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies in a petition last week.

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Threatened Mussel to Receive 319 River Miles of Lifesaving Habitat in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

February 5, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C.— Following 10 years of advocacy and litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 319 river miles of critical habitat for the threatened yellow lance freshwater mussel in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.

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Trump Administration Proposes Rule to Solidify Its Policy of Allowing Widespread Bird-killing at Industrial Sites

January 30, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Trump administration proposed a rule today to allow indiscriminate killing of birds at industrial sites across the country, including oil and gas operations.

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‘Frostpaw the Polar Bear’ Arrives In Iowa to Kick Off Extinction Crisis Campaign

January 30, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa— The Center for Biological Diversity’s Frostpaw the Polar Bear touched down in Des Moines today, ready to join wildlife advocates and volunteers in kickstarting a new campaign to urge all the presidential candidates from each political party to address the wildlife extinction crisis unfolding in Iowa and around the globe.

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House Democrats Advance Legislation to Undo Trump’s Attack on Endangered Species Act

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee today voted to approve legislation that would reverse the Trump administration’s regulatory rollbacks of the Endangered Species Act, one of the most successful and popular environmental laws in the country.

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Court: Northern Long-eared Bat Was Unlawfully Denied Endangered Species Protection

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Tuesday overturned a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect northern long-eared bats as threatened rather than endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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Florida Petition Seeks to Protect Diamondback Terrapin Turtles From Drowning in Crab Traps

January 28, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a petition today asking the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to adopt regulations that would protect diamondback terrapins from drowning in blue crab pots. These imperiled turtles are suffering population declines.

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Two Appalachian Coalfields Crayfish to Receive 445 Miles of Lifesaving Habitat

January 27, 2020

CHARLESTON, W. Va.— Following a petition and lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to protect 445 stream miles of critical habitat for the Guyandotte River crayfish and Big Sandy crayfish in the coalfields of West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia.

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New York Urged to Protect Gray Wolves, Hellbenders, Eels

January 24, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Hudson Riverkeeper, New York City Audubon and species experts submitted comments today supporting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposal to revise its list of endangered, threatened and special-concern species. The proposed list will provide new or strengthened protections for 46 species.

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Trump Administration Slashes Protections for Millions of Acres of Streams, Wetlands

January 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a plan today to slash Clean Water Act protections for streams, rivers and millions of acres of wetlands, allowing those water bodies to be destroyed or polluted without any meaningful restrictions.

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Lawsuit Launched to Prevent Forest Service From Killing 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone

January 21, 2020

PINEDALE, Wyo.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club notified the Trump administration today of their intent to sue over plans allowing 72 grizzly bears to be killed to accommodate livestock grazing in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. The forest encompasses the headwaters of the Green River, an area important for Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear recovery as well as elk, deer and pronghorn migrations.

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Trump Administration Proposes Cutting Humpback Chub Protections Despite Lack of Recovery

January 21, 2020

DENVER— The Trump administration proposed today to downlist the humpback chub from endangered to threatened, despite the fact the species has not met the criteria in its recovery plan. The fish, which is found only in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, faces severe threats from drought related to climate change and overuse of water, as well as from invasive species like smallmouth bass.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Protect Turtles in Louisiana, Mississippi

January 21, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect two species of map turtles under the Endangered Species Act.

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New Mexico OKs Widespread Trapping Despite Broad Public Opposition

January 17, 2020

LAS CRUCES, N.M.— The New Mexico Game Commission today approved trapping of bobcats, foxes and other wildlife throughout nearly all of the state, disappointing wildlife and public-safety advocates who sought to ban a practice long criticized as inhumane and indiscriminate.

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Conservationists Seek Wolverine Protection

January 16, 2020

BOZEMAN, Mont.— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect wolverines as required by the Endangered Species Act. There are fewer than 300 wolverines left in the lower 48 and they remain threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

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Plan: Ending Extinction Crisis Requires $100 Billion, 500 New National Parks, Refuges, Ocean Sanctuaries

January 13, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— Ending the global wildlife extinction crisis will require bold leadership from the United States, including a $100 billion investment to save species and the creation of 500 new national parks, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries, according to a new plan from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Reward Increased to $7,500 for Info on Killing of Endangered California Wolf

January 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased to $7,500 the reward for information leading to a conviction for the illegal killing of a radio-collared wolf in California, OR-59, who had traveled there from Oregon in December 2018.

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Petition Seeks California Endangered Species Protections for Leatherback Sea Turtles

January 9, 2020

OAKLAND,Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network filed a petition today to protect leatherback sea turtles under the California Endangered Species Act.

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Scientists Welcome Reports of Wolf Pack in Northern Colorado, Call for Reintroduction to Ensure Recovery

January 8, 2020

DENVER – A pack of gray wolves may have been spotted in northwest Colorado just one day after a measure to reintroduce the species throughout the state won approval to appear on the 2020 ballot.

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South Carolina Senate Bill Would Protect Wild Turtles, Other Reptiles, Amphibians From Commercial Exploitation

January 8, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C.— A new bill in the South Carolina Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry would ban the commercial trade of native reptiles and amphibians in the state. The bipartisan measure seeks to end years of extensive poaching, which, enabled by the state’s weak conservation laws, threaten wild populations.

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Rare Southern California Butterfly Proposed for Protection as Threatened Species Under Endangered Species Act

January 7, 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif.— After 28 years of petitions and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finally proposed protecting one of Southern California’s rarest butterflies, the Hermes copper butterfly, as a threatened species.

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Sierra Nevada Red Fox Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

January 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO— In response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting one of North America’s rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Study: International Action Needed to Save Declining Insects

January 6, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— Seventy-three scientists from around the world published a roadmap today for saving the world’s insects from what is increasingly understood as an insect apocalypse caused by habitat loss, pesticides, climate change and other threats.

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Senate Bill Would Provide $20 Million for Butterflies, Desert Fish, Mussels and Hawaiian Plants

December 23, 2019

WASHINGTON— A new bill in the Senate will provide $20 million per year to some of the most endangered species in the United States, including butterflies, Hawaiian plants, freshwater mussels and desert fish in the Southwest.

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Trump Administration Permits Oil Company to Harm Alaska’s Endangered Whales, Ice Seals

December 19, 2019

ANCHORAGE—The Trump administration today announced the issuance of federal take permits that would allow Hilcorp Alaska to kill or seriously injure 14 whales and nine ice seals as it constructs the Liberty offshore drilling island. The controversial project would be the first offshore drilling development in federal Arctic waters.

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Delaware Firefly, Gulf Coast Bee Move Toward Endangered Species Protection

December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it will move forward with considering Endangered Species Act protection for the Bethany Beach firefly and Gulf Coast solitary bee.

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'Pikas Vs. Trump' Video Game: Out Now

December 17, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new video game called “Pikas Vs.Trump” released today by the Center for Biological Diversity gives players a chance to take on Trump as he wages war on wildlife, public lands, the Arctic and the climate.

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Land Purchase Near Alabama Toyota Plant Will Preserve Habitat for Endangered Fish

December 13, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— A 500-acre land purchase announced today by an Alabama land trust is the latest in a series of steps taken in response to legal pressure to protect the habitat of the critically endangered spring pygmy sunfish.

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Senate Confirms Unqualified Industry Shill to Run Fish and Wildlife Service

December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate voted largely along party lines today to confirm former Monsanto employee Aurelia Skipwith as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting and recovering endangered animals and plants.

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Imperiled Yellow-legged Frogs Protected Under California’s Endangered Species Act

December 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO— The California Fish and Game Commission today approved California Endangered Species Act protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog, a species that has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state. The decision responds to a 2016 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Protect Lake Sturgeon

December 11, 2019

CHICAGO— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delaying a determination of whether lake sturgeon will be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Species ‘Redlist:’ 1 in 4 Species Threatened With Extinction

December 10, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— More than 1 in 4 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are facing extinction, according to a report released today. The group also noted some successes, including reintroduction of the Guam rail to Cocos Island, moving the species status from “extinct in the wild” to “critically endangered.”

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Colorado Wolf Initiative Gets 200,000 Signatures for 2020 Ballot Placement

December 10, 2019

DENVER— Volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund today submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Colorado secretary of state to place restoration of wolves on Colorado’s 2020 statewide ballot (read the full text of the initiative here).

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Coloradans to Deliver 200,000 Signatures Backing Wolf Reintroduction Initiative for 2020 Ballot

December 9, 2019

DENVER— Colorado citizens will submit more than 200,000 signatures on Tuesday morning to the Secretary of State in support of a 2020 ballot measure to reintroduce wolves. This initiative represents the first time that U.S. voters would be empowered to vote directly on the reintroduction of an endangered species.

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Lawsuit Forces Feds to Take New Look at Status of Grizzly Bears

December 9, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal judge in Montana signed an order today requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review the status of grizzly bears by March 2021 — a step that could prompt the agency to look at a broader plan for recovering bears in the lower 48 states.

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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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