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California Fish Swimming Toward Extinction

74% of native salmon, steelhead, trout could vanish in 100 years, study warns

(Newser) - California's native fish are in serious trouble, a new report warns. Unless things change, nearly half of California’s salmon, steelhead, and trout species will disappear within the next 50 years and 74% within the next century, say the scientists from the University of California, Davis, in a news... More »

New Database Gives Tree Scientists an Important First

They know how many different species exist: about 60K

(Newser) - Tree lovers, take note: A new database called GlobalTreeSearch has for the first time provided a tally of all the world's tree species. The answer: 60,065. Scientists from Botanic Gardens Conservation International in the UK spent two years compiling the database, relying on information from 500 published sources... More »

Tasmanian Tiger Reportedly Seen 80 Years After Extinction

Several endangered species may be making a comeback

(Newser) - It's been eight decades since the Tasmanian tiger, a carnivorous marsupial, was declared extinct after the last of its kind died in a zoo in 1936. But there's new buzz after two separate, apparently credible sightings were reported in northern Australia, and scientists from James Cook University believe... More »

Manatees Officially Off Endangered List

Too soon, advocates say

(Newser) - Manatees passed a huge milestone this week, but not everybody was cheering about the removal of the marine mammals from the endangered species list after 50 years. The US Fish and Wildlife Service called the change a "success story" for the species when it announced the change Thursday, the... More »

Rare Monk Seal Finds Way Into Fish Farm, Dies

Hawaii officials investigate incident at NOAA-funded facility

(Newser) - An endangered Hawaiian monk seal has died after wandering into a net pen and becoming trapped at a fish farm funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii. Officials with NOAA said the death of the 10-year-old monk seal happened at Blue Ocean Mariculture, the same fish farm... More »

Poachers Use Conservationists' Tracking Tags Against Them

'There are many ways in which this process can be corrupted'

(Newser) - The tracking tags utilized by conservationists are now being used by poachers to kill the endangered animals they're meant to save, according to a new report published in Conservation Biology . Scientists use tags equipped with GPS or radio transmitters to study animals' behavior, migration, and more. The technology has... More »

Rare Jaguar Sighting Could Be Very Good News

It could mean the endangered cat is re-establishing itself in US

(Newser) - Wildlife officials say they have evidence of a rare jaguar sighting in the United States, giving conservationists hope that the endangered cat is re-establishing itself here, the AP reports. The US Fish and Wildlife Service released a photo Thursday from a trail camera that was taken in November and recently... More »

Feds: Plan to Reintroduce Wolves in Southwest Is Working

Mexican wolf numbers are up in Arizona, NM

(Newser) - There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began trying to reintroduce the predators nearly two decades ago.The annual survey released Friday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows at least 113 wolves are spread between southwestern... More »

White House May Have Doomed Bumblebee Species

Executive order halts move to protect species

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't have anything in particular against bumblebees, as far as anybody knows, but his administration may still have doomed a struggling species. The rusty patched bumblebee was supposed to be officially added to the endangered species list Friday, after a 30-day waiting period following one of former... More »

Rare Sighting of 'Best Mammal of All' Caught on Tape

Ornithologist runs into black-maned lion in Ethiopia

(Newser) - It's rare to spot a black-maned Ethiopian lion—they were actually feared extinct until a small population was discovered last year—but during a recent trip to Ethiopia, an ornithologist and National Geographic Explorer not only saw one, he caught it on video, Nat Geo reports. Çagan Sekercioglu... More »

US Lists First Bumblebee Species as Endangered

Population of rusty patched bumblebee has dropped 90% since late '90s

(Newser) - If Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov had been prescient, he may have named his famous orchestral piece "Plight of the Bumblebee." The rusty patched bumblebee , or Bombus affinis, is now the first US bumblebee placed on the endangered species list, the Guardian reports. Seven other bees from Hawaii previously made the... More »

A Surprise 'Silent Extinction': Giraffes

IUCN report reveals 'devastating' decline of nearly 40% over past 30 years

(Newser) - No one used to pay much mind to the giraffes that roamed Africa. But new numbers from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature show a significant decline in their population over the past three decades and have conservationists worried that the elegant creature is falling victim to what... More »

Bacteria May Be Weapon Against Cheatgrass Invading the West

Cheatgrass now 'dominates' the Great Basin

(Newser) - Cheatgrass is about as bad as it sounds. The invasive plant sends out roots in the spring that deprive nearby plants of water, then dries out in the summer as it transforms into extremely effective tinder for wildfires to then kill competing nearby native plants, not to mention the habitat... More »

These Stingrays Can Be 8 Feet Wide, Are Turning Up Dead

Officials blame wastewater leak at ethanol plant

(Newser) - Picture a stingray. Is it 8 feet wide? Didn't think so, but that's the incredible size the giant freshwater stingray can grow to. Less incredible: More than 70 of the endangered fish have turned up dead in Thailand's Mae Klong River in recent weeks, reports National Geographic... More »

'Saturation Point:' Wildlife Populations Have Collapsed Since 1970

New report is 'a pretty shocking snapshot of where we are,' says WWF rep

(Newser) - A disturbing study says the world's wild animal population has plunged 58% since 1970, the BBC reports. Researchers from the WWF and the Zoological Society of London warn that if current trends continue, two-thirds of the world's wildlife will be gone by 2020. The finger points squarely at... More »

It's Cats vs. Monk Seals in Hawaii

Feline feces causes a real threat to endangered creature

(Newser) - The feral cat population has exploded in Hawaii, where they are not native and face no natural predators—and this could spell disaster for the endangered monk seal. That's because cat poop often contains a parasite called Toxoplasmosa gondii, and when sewage and polluted runoff carry the infected feces... More »

Hungry Humans Are Eating Wild Mammals Into Extinction

Study finds 285 species are close to gone because they're hunted for food

(Newser) - Hungry humans are in danger of eating nearly a quarter of all endangered land mammals into extinction, according to a study published this week in Royal Society Open Science . Quartz reports that 301 species of land mammals—from bats and primates to rodents and big cats—are being hunted into... More »

Thousands of Endangered Tadpoles Fly to Puerto Rico

Crested toad is on the comeback trail

(Newser) - More than 4,000 wiggling tadpoles conceived via wine fridges in California and then packed in a passenger plane headed to Puerto Rico this week as part of a program to re-establish a technicolor native toad once thought extinct. Since 2014, the Oakland Zoo has taken part in a campaign... More »

Want to Swim With Dolphins? TripAdvisor Can't Help You

It will also stop selling tickets to ride elephants, pet tigers, and more

(Newser) - TripAdvisor, which claims to be the biggest travel site in the world, says it will stop selling tickets to elephant rides, swims with dolphins, and other attractions that involve humans getting up close and personal with wild animals or endangered species, NPR reports. According to National Geographic , these kinds of... More »

Scientists Might've Accidentally Killed an Endangered Orca

Tracking dart possibly led to fungal infection

(Newser) - Scientists hoping to protect endangered orcas might have inadvertently killed one instead. A killer whale tagged by NOAA researchers in Washington state in February turned up dead in British Columbia five weeks later, reports the CBC . On Wednesday, US researchers released a report suggesting the 20-year-old whale, known as L95,... More »

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