(October 19, 2016) Four conservation groups filed suit today in U.S. District Court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s unexpected decision in April to deny Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific fishers. Closely related to minks, martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are severely threatened by logging, use of toxic rodenticides by illegal marijuana growers and incidental capture in fur traps. Although the Service proposed federal protection for the fisher in 2014, the agency reversed course and withdrew the proposal in 2016 even though the fisher’s poor status remained largely the same.
A class of pesticide linked to declining populations of bees was found year-round in major tributaries to the Great Lakes, and some scientists say the finding suggests the substances also could pose a danger to fish, birds, and aquatic insects. Read moreRead More »
Chucky Madtom, a small fish endemic to the upper Tennessee River system in Tennessee – The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is seeking public comments on a technical/agency draft recovery plan for the species which includes “… specific recovery objectives and criteria that must be met in order for[…]Read More »