SEATTLE (AP) — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis.
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give Endangered Species Act protection to the Mojave poppy bee, which they say only survives in seven locations in Clark County.
Democrats and environmental groups claimed a victory this week when U.S. lawmakers finalized a defense bill that excluded a provision that would have prohibited the Interior Department from placing the sage grouse on the endangered species list.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is objecting to a defense bill's inclusion of a Republican proposal that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.
Utah Republican U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch introduced a bill this week that would remove Endangered Species Act protections from species that are found exclusively within the borders of one state.
The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association has endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery goals for animals protected by the law.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller wants to rewrite the Endangered Species Act to ban any new listings without specific approval from Congress and governors of the states where the fish or wildlife live.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials say they'll release their final plan Wednesday to recover struggling bull trout in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections.