Tag Archives: USFWS

(EnviroNews Nature) — The iconic northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) is back in the news again as population numbers continue to decline throughout its range — from British Columbia to Northern California. The primary culprit in the story of this bird’s precipitous decline has always been recognized…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Boise, Idaho — A federal court judge said the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFWS) “looked at the trees without looking at the forest,” by artificially minimizing dangers facing the imperiled greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). The ruling strikes down a…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington DC — Signed into law in 1973 by President Richard Nixon, the Endangered Species Act (ESA/the Act) is bar none, one of the most popular pieces of legislation in America. But that hasn’t stopped the Trump Administration from attempting to undermine and…

(EnviroNews Wyoming) — Reversing what was hailed as a “fantastic victory” in federal court for both wild plains bison and environmentalists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS/the Service), with a post in the Federal Register on September 6, 2019, made it clear that it will not be affording…

(EnviroNews Arizona) — Tucson, Arizona — Two of America’s most successful environmental gunslingers fired off yet another lawsuit against Trump’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS/the Service) on September 4, 2019, accusing the agency of “[failing] to consider science” as part of a “capricious” decision to not protect…

(EnviroNews Arizona) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has announced it intends to hire known wolf exterminator William Bennett Nelson of Bill Nelson Wildlife Control to trap and radio-collar endangered Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) in New Mexico and Arizona, causing “fury” amongst environmental and…

(EnviroNews Nature) — In a win for nature fans, the United States District Court in Arizona struck down a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service/USFWS) management rule for the endangered Mexican grey wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), finding that it “provides only for short-term survival of the species…

(EnviroNews Wyoming) — In what wildlife and conservation organizations are calling a “fantastic victory,” on Feb. 1, 2018, Federal Judge Christopher Cooper ruled U.S. wildlife officials must reconsider their 2015 decision to deny Yellowstone bison protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). According to the opinion written by…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Environmental organizations filed a lawsuit on January 30, 2018, in U.S. District Court in Arizona against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), alleging the agency violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by ignoring science relevant to the recovery of the beleaguered Mexican wolf (Canis…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — You’ve probably never seen a Canada lynx (Lynx Canadensis) in the wild. And if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pulls off its plan to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the elusive wildcat, conservationists say you might never get…

(EnviroNews Colorado) — After decades of deliberation the final revision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan (the Plan) was released at the end of November, but former USFWS officials tell EnviroNews it strays far from scientists’ minimum recommendations for recovery of the…

(EnviroNews Nature) — On August 30, 2017, WildEarth Guardians (Guardians), a nonprofit environmental group legendary for suing the federal government on wildlife issues, sued the Trump Administration — this time for stripping the iconic Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) of its endangered species status…

(EnviroNews Washington) — Olympia, Washington — On August 19, 2017, at least several thousand farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) escaped from a net pen off Cypress Island in Washington’s Puget Sound. In response, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has issued a moratorium, directing the Department of Ecology to put…

(EnviroNews Nature) — On Aug. 3, 2017, Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) released a pilot report demonstrating how satellite data, remote sensing and cloud computing can be used to monitor wildlife habitat loss. Defenders’ Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI), which focuses on the use of technology and data in…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — On August 4, 2017, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke published a memorandum calling for the immediate revision of the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan. This memo follows up on his June Secretarial Order to review sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) protections…