endangered species

A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.

Oregon Chub Removed From Endangered Species List

Feb 4, 2014
Rachael McDonald

A small minnow native to Oregon's Willamette Valley has been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List. The Oregon Chub is the first fish to be delisted because its population has been restored. the announcement came Tuesday near Eugene.

It's not something we often think about, but as we go about daily life, we're constantly shedding little flakes of skin. So are animals and fish.

New Hope For Recovering An Endangered Deer

Nov 27, 2013
Courtney Flatt

The Columbian white-tailed deer have struggled to survive. In fact, their population fell so much they were once thought to be extinct. The deer still have a long ways to go, but biologists say the species is now quickly making a come back.

The US fish and Wildlife Service has proposed naming the Oregon Spotted Frog a threatened species.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The White Bluffs bladderpod is a small flower facing some big issues.  It’s a short plant with bright yellow flowers and small inflated pods – hence its name.  At first glance, there’s nothing special about it.  It isn’t edible and doesn’t have any herbal use that we know of.   But the bladderpod is rare.  It appears to grow only in a 17 mile long strip of federal lands in the Columbia Basin.  Right now, U.S. Fish and Wildlife lists the bladderpod as “threatened.”  They would like to list it as “endangered.” 

US Fish And Wildlife Propose To Delist Gray Wolf

Jun 10, 2013
EarthFix

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday it plans to stop protecting the gray wolf and put the states in charge of managing these predators. But the plan is already facing some tough opposition from wolf advocate groups that say it’s too early for this discussion. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to completely remove federal protections of gray wolves. Agency leaders announced the proposal Friday. The move would turn over gray wolf management to states. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe says gray wolves have recovered dramatically over the past decade.

"To see a species rebound from a century-long campaign of human persecution to flourish on the landscape again, is something we're all extraordinarily lucky to witness in our lifetimes,” Ashe told reporters in a conference call.

Oregon State University

A plan by the federal government to end protection for gray wolves received mixed reactions from environmental groups to ranchers. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz obtained a copy of that draft report and explains what it means for the Northwest.

Oregon State University

The federal government is preparing to stop protecting gray wolves in the lower 48 states, according to a draft document. The plan is drawing criticism from environmental groups. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.


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