Feb 022018
 
U.S. court ruling complicates Trump’s elephant and lion policy

On December 22, a federal appeals court ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) did not properly follow procedures when it banned importing elephant “trophies” – including heads, tusks, or other parts – from Zimbabwe in 2014. While the ruling was aimed at an Obama Administration policy, its impact will likely influence how […]

Dec 142017
 
Trump slashes size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah

Donald Trump was widely condemned on Monday for drastically shrinking two national monuments, representing the biggest elimination of public lands protection in US history. The president modified designations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, potentially opening the land to big corporate developers and the oil and gas industry. The move – a repudiation […]

Jan 242017
 
First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection. One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumblebee known to scientists as Bombus affinis has […]

Jan 202016
 
POLL: Should the manatees' endangered status be reduced?

A US government move to downgrade the conservation status of manatees and green sea turtles is premature, an environment group has warned, despite encouraging signs that both species are recovering. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed that the West Indian manatee be down-listed from endangered to threatened under the endangered species act. […]

Dec 312015
 
POLL: Should the US extend endangered species status to lions in Africa?

The US plans to extend its endangered species protection to lions in Africa, five months after an American dentist caused an international furore by killing Cecil, a famed lion which lived in Zimbabwe. US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will classify lions in southern and eastern Africa as threatened, with those in the central and […]

Oct 082014
 
POLL: Are walrus under threat of extinction from climate change?

The plight of thousands of walruses forced to crowd on to an Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice has set off an all-out response from the US government to avoid a catastrophic stampede. The Federal Aviation Authority has re-routed flights, and local communities have called on bush pilots to keep their distance in an […]

Aug 132013
 
Puffins at Petit Manan Light on a foggy day

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula artica) is undoubtedly the most popular bird for Maine visitors – birders and non-birders alike. It breeds in colonies on coastal islands off Maine and Atlantic Canada. The Petit Manan Lighthouse island is a part of the Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge, and hosts a healthy colony of nesting Puffins. […]

Aug 032013
 
Bat killing WNS fungus confirmed in Arkansas

A fungus that leads to a deadly disease that has killed almost seven million bats in the US is continuing its spread westwards, results have shown. Officials said the disease had been confirmed in Arkansas after samples tested positive for the fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS). To date, there is no known vaccine […]

Apr 042013
 
Baby rhinos signal success of Assam translocation

Two translocated rhinos in north east India have given birth indicating the rhinos are breeding successfully and have adapted well to their new environment. A male Rhino, translocated to the Manas National Park in the state of Assam in 2012, and a female, translocated in 2011, were sighted this week with their new born calves […]