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Settlement Agreement Requires Grizzly Bear Status Review

USA - December 16 2019 The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana has approved a partial settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the U.S…

Senate Confirms Aurelia Skipwith as Director of USFWS

USA - December 12 2019 Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Aurelia Skipwith as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by a vote of 52-39. Ms. Skipwith’s…

California Announces Lawsuit over Federal Government's Biological Opinions for Central Valley Project and State Water Project

USA - November 22 2019 On November 21, 2019, the California Secretary for Natural Resources announced California’s decision to sue the federal government over its…

Florida Man Faces Federal Prison, Fines for Killing Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish

USA - November 19 2019 On November 1, 2019, Chad Ponce of Jacksonville, Florida pleaded guilty to killing a smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata), an endangered species…

FWS Proposes Removing Interior Least Tern from ESA Protection

USA - October 28 2019 On October 24, 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register announcing the agency’s finding that…

FWS Decides Not to List Long-Living Tree Impacted by Climate Change

USA - October 17 2019 On October 7, 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the agency’s 12-month findings…

Ninth Circuit Orders NMFS To Reassess Dam Decisions

USA - October 11 2019 In a recent opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed in part the United States District Court for the Eastern…

FWS Ordered to Explain Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Decision

USA - October 4 2019 On September 26, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado vacated and remanded in part the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s…

Does the Federal Endangered Species Act Protect Zoo Animals?

USA - October 1 2019 Yes, if the animal is designated as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). In a recent federal court decision out…

Services Delay New Consultation Regulations

USA - September 24 2019 On August 27, 2019, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) announced the finalization of regulations…