(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.
Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale is “… in danger of extinction throughout all of its range and meets the definition of an endangered species …”, according to 12-month finding issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) which is now “… soliciting information that may be relevant to inform both[…]Read More »
Yellow Lance, a freshwater mussel native to Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina – A petition to list the species as threatened is warranted, according to a 12-month finding issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – If FWS finalizes this rule as proposed, the final rule would “…[…]Read More »