(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 »
Miami Tiger Beetle, found in in Miami-Dade County, Florida – The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a Final Rule to list the species as endangered. Document Title: The title of the October 5, 2016 FWS Federal Register Final Rule is “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered[…]Read More »