# Endangered species
Maine's Thriving Hunting Community Challenges National Decline
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Feds Refuse to Restore Wolf Protections, Propose National Recovery Plan
AI was utilized in the writing of this article. In a recent development that has sparked controversy among conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts, federal wildlife officials have announced their decision not to restore protections for gray wolves in the northern U.S Rocky Mountains. This decision, announced on Friday, allows state-sanctioned wolf hunts to continue in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The announcement was met with disappointment from conservation groups who had petitioned for the restoration of these protections, citing the need for continued efforts to conserve the wolf population in these regions.
Restoring Skagit River Estuary: Share Your Ideas!
Hunters, anglers, and nature lovers are invited to share their ideas on restoring salmon habitat restoration in the Skagit River estuary, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.
86-year-old blind, sand-swimming golden mole found alive
After nearly a century of fear that De Winton's golden mole (Cryptochloris wintoni) was extinct, scientists have rediscovered the elusive creature on the west coast of South Africa. The species had not been seen since 1936. The discovery was aided by a sniffer dog named Jessie, who was trained to identify the scent of three other known mole species in the area. Jessie reacted to tracks and burrows she could not identify, suggesting the presence of an unknown species. Environmental DNA (eDNA) was then used to confirm the presence of De Winton's golden mole.
Controversial Decision: Louisiana's Once-Endangered Black Bears May Face Shocking Hunting Revival
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The world's rarest alligator just discovered in Florida
Gatorland, an alligator amusement park near Orlando, Florida, has unveiled a rare attraction—a solid white alligator hatchling with striking crystal blue eyes. While it may appear albino to the casual observer, it is a leucistic alligator, a rarer reptile variant. Unlike albinism, which results from a lack of melanin, leucism arises from defects in specific pigment-producing cells, resulting in a ghostly appearance with the occasional patch of typical-coloured scales.
Are We at Risk of Losing the Florida Panther?
Are we on the verge of losing another natural treasure? Statistics seem to point that way. The majestic Florida panther appears to be losing its battle to avoid extinction. Once found across the southeastern U.S., the now critically endangered cat is relegated to a small range, primarily in Southwestern Florida. It is believed the cats’ numbers are anywhere from less than 100 to 240 individuals, numbers that put them at extreme risk from a host of different factors. (National Park Service)
Exclusive Peek: The San Antonio Zoo's Newest Stars - Flying Foxes Back After 40 Years
In a remarkable event that takes us back to the memories of the 1980s, the San Antonio Zoo is once again home to the majestic flying foxes. This endangered species, absent from the zoo for decades, has made a grand comeback, marking a significant moment in wildlife conservation. The zoo's latest news release shares the exciting details of this notable return.
Were Grizzly Bears Ever Indigenous To Minnesota?
Grizzly bears, the iconic hump-shouldered brown bears of North America, once had a range that stretched from Alaska to Mexico. But over the past two centuries, they have been eliminated from most of the lower 48 states. Were grizzlies ever indigenous to Minnesota?
2 Critically Endangered Newborn Whale Calves Spotted Off Florida Coast
Two critically endangered right whales were recently spotted with newborn calves off the Florida coast, according to a post made on January 1, 2024, by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Research Institute (FWC).
Researchers finally explain the mystery behind the mass deaths of African Elephants
In 2020, 35 African elephants died in north-west Zimbabwe, and the cause has now been identified as a Pasteurella bacterium resembling a strain known as Bisgaard taxon 45. This strain has been linked to other wildlife infections but was not previously known to kill African elephants.
Unique Babirusa Piglet Sparks Curiosity at Texas Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo welcomed a special New Year's Day gift: the birth of its first-ever babirusa piglet! Proud parents Sula and Kreacher ushered in the tiny tusked wonder on January 1st, marking a momentous occasion for the zoo and the conservation of this vulnerable species.
Critically Endangered Whale Spotted With Newborn Calf Near Florida
A critically endangered right whale was recently spotted with a newborn calf off the coast of Georgia, according to a post made today by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Research Institute (FWC).
USFWS Unveils Controversial Plan to Kill Around 500,000 Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owl Population
In a controversial move to protect the endangered spotted owl, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is proposing to shoot hundreds of thousands of barred owls over the next 30 years in West Coast forests.
North Carolina's Red Wolves: A Fight for Survival Against the Odds
Red wolves were once a common sight across the southeastern United States. However, due to relentless habitat loss and persecution, they became shadows in their own land. By the mid-20th century, these predators found themselves on a precipice, teetering towards oblivion. In 1980, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild, a grim milestone that highlighted the impact of human expansion and environmental disregard.
Earth's Final Act: Unraveling the Mystery of the Sixth Mass Extinction
In the intricate dance of life on Earth, the ominous tune of mass extinctions has played out five times before. Now, a haunting melody is echoing once again, and scientists warn that we might be mid-step in a sixth mass extinction. What are the causes, and why does it matter? Let's dive into the chilling reality of this biological catastrophe.
If You Catch This Strange Looking Fish in Alabama, Throw It Back Immediately!
It's not a gar and not a shovelnose sturgeon. Some people think it's a catfish or a freshwater shark, but it's very different. The species itself is ancient, with fossils found that date the species going back millions of years. It's a unique fish and easy to identify if you catch one, but if you do land one of these in Alabama, throw it back immediately! Here's why...
Wolves Reintroduced in Colorado: A Controversial Move
The reintroduction of gray wolves in Colorado has sparked a heated debate, with opinions divided between conservationists and ranchers. Five gray wolves were recently released in a remote area of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, marking a significant step towards reestablishing the wolf population in the state. However, this move has faced criticism from individuals like Lauren Boebert, a congresswoman from Colorado, who believes that the decision poses a threat to the livelihood of ranchers and farmers. In this article, we will explore the controversy surrounding the reintroduction of wolves in Colorado and delve into the arguments presented by both sides.
Potawatomi Zoo Welcomes Adorable Trio of African Painted Dog Pups
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Excitement fills the air at Potawatomi Zoo as three lively African painted dog pups make their public debut. Born on September 28, 2023, these furry newcomers are currently known by the vibrant colors used by zoo staff to distinguish them: Blue, Red, and Orange.