Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Jill Utrup / USFWS
Northern long-eared bat. Credit: Jill Utrup / USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat Under ESA, also Issues Interim Special 4(d) Rule

April 01, 2015
The Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations. At the same time, the Service issued an interim 4(d) rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others in the range of the northern long-eared bat.

The Service, states, federal agencies, tribes, conservation organizations and scientific institutions are working together as part of a national response team to address white-nose syndrome through disease monitoring and management, conservation and outreach.
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Natural Weir Fish Passage Project. Credit: Jennifer Lapis / USFWS
Natural Weir Fish Passage Project. Credit: Jennifer Lapis / USFWS

Native American Tribes Receive $4.2 Million for Conservation Projects

March 27, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $4.2 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to Native American Tribes in 13 states. The awards will support 22 fish and wildlife conservation projects that benefit a wide range of wildlife and habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.
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A wildlife inspector tells kids about rhino horn. Credit: Bill Butcher / USFWS
A wildlife inspector tells kids about rhino horn. Credit: Bill Butcher / USFWS

Smuggler Gets 30 Months in Prison in Wildlife Trafficking Case

March 25, 2015
Arrested last year as part of Operation Crash, a continuing offensive to halt the illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns, Canadian antiques dealer Tony Guan was sentenced to 30 months in prison for smuggling rhino horn, elephant ivory and coral. Said Service Director Dan Ashe: "The illegal trade in rhinoceros horns is the number one threat to many populations of African rhinos ... But global law enforcement cooperation through avenues such as the Fish and Wildlife Service's Operation Crash is bringing people like Guan to justice."
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African elephant. Credit: Gary M. Stoltz / USFWS
African elephant. Credit: Gary M. Stoltz / USFWS

Decisions on Import of Sport-Hunted Trophies Support Conservation of Rhinos and Elephants

March 26, 2015
Based on extensive assessments of the associated conservation and management programs, the Service finds that the import of two sport-hunted black rhinoceros trophies from Namibia will benefit conservation of the species, while the import of any elephant sport-hunted trophy from Zimbabwe will not. Under the Endangered Species Act, the Service authorizes imports for sport-hunted trophies of elephants and rhinos only when hunting in the country of origin is well-regulated, sustainable and benefits conservation of the species in question.
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