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Global warming is endangering the American pika

American pika

The Center for Biological Diversity (represented by Earthjustice) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today reached a settlement agreement that will bring the American pika — a small, alpine-dwelling relative of the rabbit that is highly imperiled by global warming — a step closer to receiving protections it urgently needs to survive.

View a video of a pika in its habitat:
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Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2009
Under: Endangered species, Global warming, Pika | 1 Comment »

Bush takes one last shot at killing wolves

Just in time to inflict a parting blow to gray wolves before the Bush administration bites the dust, on Wednesday (Jan. 14) — for the third time — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections from these regal predators in the northern Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes regions.
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Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009
Under: Endangered species, President Bush, Wolves | 1 Comment »

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin strikes again

I just received this note from Kieran Suckling, executive director, Center for Biological Diversity, about what Gov. Sarah Palin wants to do with Alaska’s endangered beluga whales:
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Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Under: Beluga whales, Endangered species, Governor Palin | No Comments »

Endangered Species Act is now endangered … by Bush

The endangered California Condor is one of the world’s rarest birds. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Scott Frier

Last minute Bush rules changes threaten American wildlife

Last-minute changes to the Endangered Species Act just announced by the Bush administration will dramatically weaken and limit the use of the landmark wildlife protection law, according to scientists and attorneys at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
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Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2008
Under: California condors, Endangered species, President Bush | No Comments »

Hunters need to get the lead out of bullets — nationwide

According to a press release I just received from Audubon California, the California Condor recovery effort is at a crossroads.

A recent report shows that lead in the environment — which nearly drove the condor to extinction — still blocks the huge bird from living in the wild without human support.

A concerted effort from government and non-profit agencies begun in the early 1980s to bring the California Condor back from the brink of extinction has been more successful than many in the field ever thought it would be, according to a report released last week from a blue ribbon panel of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

However, unless the primary threat to the condor — lead in its food chain — is removed, the endangered bird will continue to rely upon considerable support from humans if it is to survive.
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Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
Under: Condors, Endangered species, Lead bullets | No Comments »

Rocky Mountain wolf slaughter stopped!

Dear Gary:
In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice and eleven other conservation groups, a federal judge today (Friday, July 18) reinstated Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

The decision brings an immediate halt to the slaughter of over 100 wolves since the Bush administration stripped Endangered Species Act protection for Northern Rocky Mountain wolves in February 2008.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Under: Endangered species, Wolves | No Comments »

Lawsuit says Ringling Bros. Circus keeps elephants in chains

Animal protection groups ask federal court to halt Ringling Bros.’ cruel chaining and confinement of endangered Asian elephants.

Washington, D.C. — Wednesday (May 21), a coalition of animal protection organizations and a former Ringling Bros. employee asked a federal district court in Washington D.C. to immediately order a halt to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Ringling Bros.) cruel practice of shackling and confining endangered Asian elephants for days on end in a manner that prevents them from walking or even turning around in place.
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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Under: Circus, Elephants, Endangered species, Ringling Bros. | No Comments »

Polar bears are “Threatened” in schizophrenic ruling

Department of Interior also enacts policies to try and prevent ruling from having any impact on greenhouse gas emissions

The information below is excerpted from an e-mail I just received from Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. I couldn’t agree more. The present administration is clearly trying to have it both ways. Forced by law to declare the polar bear as a Threatened species, the Bush administration is also attempting at the same time to enact policies that will prevent the polar bear declaration from having any effect. That’s not how the Endangered Species Act works. They’re not going to get away with it. /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Endangered species, Polar bears | No Comments »

U.S. Army makes war on endangered desert tortoises

Desert tortoises are under attack in new habitat

APRIL 4: I blogged that the U.S. Army was relocating 770 endangered California desert tortoises to make room for war games in the tortoises’ natural habitat.

APRIL 22: I blogged that the Army had relocated those tortoises into a drought area where starving coyotes were killing and feeding on them. The Army, of course, has started to shoot the coyotes for doing what comes naturally to starving coyotes … and nobody wins here except the Army, who still got the tortoise habitat for playing their war games.

Meanwhile, large numbers of already endangered tortoises are dying.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
Under: Desert Tortoises, Endangered species | No Comments »

Army killing endangered desert tortoises, coyotes, and … ?

Army relocates endangered desert tortoises into drought area. Starving coyotes kill tortoises. Army kills coyotes. Nobody wins, except the Army.

When our little story opens, 770 endangered desert tortoises are living peacefully in their local ecosystem in California’s lovely Mojave Desert. Then along comes the U.S. Army to stake claim on the endangered tortoise’s critical habitat because they want to use the area for Army tank training.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Under: coyotes, Desert Tortoises, Endangered species | 2 Comments »