(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.
FWS Adding Ten Species and Updating Five Species on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a Final Rule amending the List by adding: “… three foreign coral species (Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni, and Tubastraea floreana), dusky sea snake, Banggai cardinalfish,[…]Read More »
Kentucky Arrow Darter, a fish species from the upper Kentucky River basin in Kentucky – The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued Final Rules which determine threatened status for the species and designate “… approximately 398 stream kilometers (skm) (248 stream miles (smi)) [as critical habitat ] …”[…]Read More »