Alligator Kills Florida Man Retrieving Frisbees in Lake, Officials Say

The 47-year-old man frequently swam into a lake near a disc golf course to retrieve stray discs and sell them, a park official said.

#alligators, #deaths-fatalities, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #frisbees, #largo-fla, #pinellas-county-fla

Scientists Uncover a Shady Web of Online Spider Sales

More than 1,200 species of arachnids are part of a largely unregulated global marketplace, according to a new study.

#animals, #collectors-and-collections, #communications-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #costa-rica, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #international-trade-and-world-market, #scorpions, #spiders, #united-states, #vietnam, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Tiny Toad Could Upend Nevada Geothermal Power Plant Project

The only place in the world where the species is found is on 760 acres of wetlands about 100 miles east of Reno, Nev., near a renewable energy project.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biodiversity, #center-for-biological-diversity, #dixie-valley-toad, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #energy-department, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #frogs, #geothermal-power, #hot-springs, #nevada, #ormat-technologies-inc

U.S. Allows Hunters to Import Some Elephant Trophies From African Countries

After settling a lawsuit filed during the Trump administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service granted six permits to bring elephant parts into the country. It may approve more in the coming months.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #hunting-and-trapping, #namibia, #safari-club-international, #safaris, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science, #zimbabwe

After Mounting a Comeback, Eagles Face a New Threat

A study of hundreds of bald eagles and golden eagles showed that nearly half of them had chronic lead poisoning.

#bald-eagles, #conservation-of-resources, #eagles-birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #golden-eagles, #hunting-and-trapping, #lead, #poisoning-and-poisons, #united-states

Wolves Will Regain Federal Protection

A federal judge has overturned the Trump-era decision that removed the predators from the Endangered Species List.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wolves

How Disability Advocates Are Pushing to Make Hiking More Accessible

Outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities are pushing to encounter nature on their own terms, with self-written guides, better equipment and even guide dogs trained for the backcountry.

#disabilities, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #hikes-and-hiking, #house-natural-resources-committee, #national-park-service, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #service-dogs-and-other-animals, #travel-and-vacations, #wheelchairs

Wolves Are Being Slaughtered in the West

Wolves have thrived since returning to the Northern Rockies. Now they face relentless assault by hunters and trappers.

#booker-cory-a, #conservation-of-resources, #elk, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #gianforte-greg-1961, #house-of-representatives, #hunting-and-trapping, #idaho, #livestock, #montana, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #senate, #state-legislatures, #wolves, #wyoming, #yellowstone-national-park

Manatees, Facing a Crisis, Will Get a Bit of Help: Extra Feeding

In a first, wildlife officials have decided to provide food for the mammals, which have suffered catastrophic losses over the last year.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #manatees, #water-pollution, #wildlife-die-offs

White Tiger and Cheetah Furs: A Mess of Trump Gift Exchanges

Gift exchanges between U.S. and foreign leaders, a highly regulated process, devolved into sometimes risible shambles during the Trump administration.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #general-services-administration, #gifts-to-public-officials, #inspectors-general, #interior-department, #kushner-jared, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions

The animals and one plant had been listed as endangered species. Their stories hold lessons about a growing global biodiversity crisis.

#biodiversity, #birds, #birdwatching, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #global-warming, #ivory-billed-woodpecker, #mussels

Black Vulture Attacks on Animals May Be Increasing

But some bird experts say reports of increasing predation by black vultures in the Midwest may be overblown.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-behavior, #cattle, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #livestock, #vultures-birds, #your-feed-science

Florida Manatees Died at an Alarming Rate in the First Months of 2021

Years of worsening water quality from toxic runoff have increased algae blooms and killed the sea grass that manatees graze on, experts say.

#conservation-of-resources, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #manatees, #wildlife-die-offs

To Fish These Big Trout, Bring a Ladder

Landing the highly coveted Lahontan cutthroat trout requires special skill — and equipment.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #fishing-sport, #lakes, #pyramid-lake-nev, #trout, #truckee-river

Pesky Condors Invade California Home

Fifteen to 20 of the endangered giant birds wrecked the deck, knocked over lawn ornaments and tore up “every piece of plastic” they could find, the homeowner’s daughter said.

#birds, #california, #condors, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #tehachapi-calif

Man Caught Smuggling 35 Songbirds Into J.F.K. Airport, Authorities Say

Kevin Andre McKenzie of Guyana concealed finches inside hair curlers in his clothing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #finches-birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #guyana, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Grizzly Bear Fatally Mauls a Backcountry Guide Near Yellowstone Park

When the bear charged at Montana officials who were investigating the attack, they shot and killed it.

#animal-behavior, #bears, #deaths-fatalities, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #idaho, #montana, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores

America’s Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled

There were only about 72,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states in 2009. Researchers say the population is now above 300,000.

#bald-eagles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #united-states

Wisdom, the World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Has Another Chick

An albatross named Wisdom has astounded researchers by hatching a chick at more than 70 years old, securing her title as the world’s oldest known breeding bird.

#birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #midway-atoll

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Issues Her First Majority Opinion

The 7-to-2 ruling rejected an environmental group’s Freedom of Information Act request.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environmental-protection-agency, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freedom-of-information-act, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #sierra-club, #supreme-court-us

California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Company

Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #avangrid-renewables-llc, #biodiversity, #birds, #breeding-of-animals, #california, #condors, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #energy-and-power, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #wind-power

Meet Elizabeth Ann, the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret

Her birth represents the first cloning of an endangered species native to North America, and may bring needed genetic diversity to the species.

#animals, #assn-of-zoosaquariums, #breeding-of-animals, #cryonics, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #fort-collins-colo, #meeteetse-wyo, #ryder-oliver, #san-diego-zoo, #university-of-florida, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #zoos

Wisconsin Official Traded Sturgeon Research Eggs for Caviar, Prosecutors Say

Ryan Koenigs, a biologist who oversees the state’s sturgeon spearing season in Lake Winnebago, is accused of accepting $20,000 worth of caviar in an illegal bartering scheme.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #caviar, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #fish-farming, #lakes, #sturgeon-fish, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #winnebago-county-wis, #wisconsin

Someone Etched ‘Trump’ on a Florida Manatee

Wildlife authorities are investigating and said that the harassment of the manatee is illegal under state and federal laws.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #manatees

Trump Administration, in Parting Gift to Industry, Reverses Bird Protections

A rule change means companies will not be held liable for killing migratory birds as long as their actions were not intentionally designed to do so.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Monarch Butterflies Qualify for Endangered List. They Still Won’t Be Protected.

Officials said they did not have the money or resources to protect the species even though it meets the criteria under the Endangered Species Act.

#butterflies-and-moths, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #global-warming

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Hears Her First Supreme Court Argument

But she did not take part in a pair of unsigned decisions in favor of a Black Lives Matter activist and a prisoner held in abusive conditions.

#barrett-amy-coney, #decisions-and-verdicts, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freedom-of-information-act, #mckesson-deray-1985, #sierra-club, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Wolves to Drop From Endangered Species List in U.S.

Populations have rebounded in recent decades, but some scientists on the panel that evaluated the proposal said it was deeply flawed.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #wolves

What Makes a Good Duck Painting? The Government Suggests Some Hunting

A new rule in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, requiring artists to include hunting themes in their submissions, has raised eyebrows and objections in the duck painting community.

#art, #audubon-society-national, #connecticut, #conservation-of-resources, #delaware, #ducks, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #friends-of-animals, #hunting-and-trapping, #north-america

Can Humans Give Coronavirus to Bats, and Other Wildlife?

Federal agencies suggest caution in U.S. bat research to avoid transmitting the novel coronavirus to wildlife.

#bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecohealth-alliance, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #lancet-the-journal, #north-america, #u-s-geological-survey, #your-feed-science

Grizzly Bears Around Yellowstone Can Stay on Endangered Species List, Court Rules

The decision by a federal appeals court protects about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from being hunted.

#bears, #conservation-of-resources, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #yellowstone-national-park

How to Make It in America as a Professional Falconer

The job promises flexible hours, a connection to nature and irresistible Instagram content. But is it recession-proof?

#birds, #falcons, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #hawks-birds, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #social-media