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Trump Applies the Brakes Day After Elephant Trophy News

'Will update soon with Secretary Zinke,' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation from Zimbabwe and Zambia, arguing... More »

Trump to Reverse Obama's Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

Move will allow hunters to import from Zimbabwe, Zambia

(Newser) - If you happened to shoot an elephant in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, you'll be able to import its remains into the US, reports the Washington Post . This after confirmation from a Fish and Wildlife Service official that the Trump administration intends to once again allow the... More »

They Were Trying to Save a Species, but Things Went Wrong

After a vaquita died, a program to save the mammals was shut down

(Newser) - The goal was to make a move that could save a species; instead, it killed one of the last vaquitas left on the planet. With fewer than 30 of the porpoises— the world's smallest , and also called the "panda of the sea"—estimated to exist, a team... More »

For $35K, You Can Kill an Exotic Antelope—in Texas

A look inside the Ox Ranch

(Newser) - When the death of Cecil the lion drew outrage, it shone a light on big game hunters in Africa. A photo-heavy piece for the New York Times moves the spotlight to something that may surprise: exotic-game hunters scoring kills in Texas, where an estimated 1.3 million such animals are... More »

First Bison Seen in Germany in 250 Years Is Quickly Shot

An official thought it was a danger to public safety

(Newser) - Conservationists are expressing outrage after an official in Germany ordered hunters to shoot the first wild bison seen in the country in more than two centuries. Calling the killing a criminal offense, the World Wildlife Fund says it will file charges against the official who gave the order, the Local... More »

'Incredible': California Has 2nd Pack of Gray Wolves

A century after being wiped out of the state, the wolves are rebounding

(Newser) - "This is a pretty incredible conservation moment," a rep for the Center for Biological Diversity tells the San Francisco Chronicle following news from California: A second pack of gray wolves has been spotted in the state. State officials have known for about a year that a pair of... More »

Navy-Trained Dolphins Tapped for Rescue Mission

Fewer than 40 vaquita porpoises are left in the world

(Newser) - Your mission, dolphins, should you choose to accept it: Rescue a rare porpoise threatened with extinction. That's the assignment for a group of US Navy-trained dolphins that Mexican officials hope will save the endangered vaquita, the BBC reports. The plan is for the dolphins to find the pint-size porpoises,... More »

Rare Butterfly Has Found Home in Unlikely Place

The frosted elfin is thriving on military bases

(Newser) - In the shadow of giant war machines, a tiny, rare butterfly is flourishing. Oddly, experts say, the US military gets the credit. The frosted elfin, which flutters along on a 1-inch wingspan, has found a home at several defense installations because of the way the military manages open spaces, says... More »

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 »

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