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Western governors seek to weaken Endangered Species Act

Suggested changes would lead to extinction of some species Staff Report Governors of western states talk a good game when it comes to natural resources conservation, but when the rubber hits the road, they’ve never really been willing to walk the walk. At its recent meeting in Montana, the Western Governors Association endorsed a  policy … Continue reading Western governors seek to weaken Endangered Species Act

Pacific bluefin tuna may get endangered species status

Unsustainable fishing is pushing the species to the brink of oblivion Staff Report Federal regulators are one step closer to putting Pacific bluefin tuna on the endangered species list, as humankind’s insatiable appetite for resources drives the fish to the edge of extinction. The announcement by the National Marine Fisheries Service came in response to … Continue reading Pacific bluefin tuna may get endangered species status

Endangered species status sought for bluefin tuna

Over-fishing threatens species with extinction Staff Report The bluefin tuna population in the Pacific Ocean has dropped so low that a coalition of conservation groups have petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act. According to the petition, the population has declined more than 97 percent since fishing began, … Continue reading Endangered species status sought for bluefin tuna

Watchdog group keeps door open for endangered species petitions

Feds dial back proposed regs that would have made it harder to seek endangered species protection Staff Report Many plants and animals that are protected as endangered species in the U.S. got that status because conservation groups — representing concerned citizens — petitioned the federal government. It’s a process that’s explicitly mandated by the Endangered … Continue reading Watchdog group keeps door open for endangered species petitions

Feds want to take grizzlies off Endangered Species List

Conservation groups, Native Americans not keen on delisting plan By Bob Berwyn A federal claim that grizzly bears no longer need endangered species protection has been met with great skepticism from wildlife advocates and from Native Americans who consider the species sacred. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the restoration of grizzles in … Continue reading Feds want to take grizzlies off Endangered Species List

Wildlife: Secret talks open door for taking Northern Rockies grizzlies off the endangered species list

Wildlife activists gear up to fight proposal Staff Report A classic wildlife conservation battle is shaping up in the northern Rockies, with conservation advocates lining up to challenge a state and federal plan to take grizzly bears off the Endangered Species List. In a Sept. 25 letter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told state … Continue reading Wildlife: Secret talks open door for taking Northern Rockies grizzlies off the endangered species list

Watchdogs say Western Governors’ Association is trying to weaken endangered species protections

Recent workshop focused on industry gripes Staff Report For the apparent lack of anything productive to do, the Western Governors’s Association is apparently trying to cook up new ways to weaken the Endangered Species Act for the benefit of developers and extractive industries. The association held a workshop last week, ostensibly to “encourage bipartisan conversations … Continue reading Watchdogs say Western Governors’ Association is trying to weaken endangered species protections

U.S. puts rare macaws on endangered species list

Decades of poaching, habitat destruction take toll on birds Staff Report Two rare bird species in Central and South America will get protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week. Under the listing, military and great green macaws can’t be imported into, or exported out of, the U.S. … Continue reading U.S. puts rare macaws on endangered species list

Can the Endangered Species Act withstand the GOP assault?

Lawmakers rally to block attacks on key environmental law Staff Report Conservation-minded lawmakers are rallying to counter the GOP’s seemingly endless attacks on the Endangered Species Act. In a letter to President Barack Obama, 91 members of Congress warned that Republicans are “doubling down” on their efforts to undermine protections for threatened plants and animals. … Continue reading Can the Endangered Species Act withstand the GOP assault?

Endangered Species Act changes would send many plants and animals towards oblivion

Huge coalition sends letter to President Obama criticizing proposed new petitioning rules Staff Report A federal plan to tweak the Endangered Species Act isn’t getting much love from conservation advocates, who say the changes would make it much harder to start the listing process. To reinforce their concerns, 175 environmental and social justice organizations sent … Continue reading Endangered Species Act changes would send many plants and animals towards oblivion