U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently approved a settlement agreement involving U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency and Center for Biological Diversity that will result in the completion of Endangered Species Act section 7 consultations for the effects of seven pesticides on the California red-legged frog. The seven pesticides are glyphosate, malathion, simazine, pendimethalin, permethrin, methomyl and myclobutanil.
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Six tons of illegal elephant ivory confiscated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers were loaded into an industrial-scale rock crusher and pulverized today at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver, Colo. Officials from the departments of Justice and State joined Service Director Dan Ashe and leading worldwide conservationists in calling for global action to combat wildlife trafficking and stop the slaughter of elephants and other species.
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The Service does not intend to close any of the nation's national fish hatcheries in the current fiscal year but warned that closures may be necessary in in the future. The report released today serves as the basis of discussions with stakeholders on how best to operate the system in a more sustainable manner while supporting the agency's highest fish and aquatic conservation priorities.
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Explore a foot trail at a national wildlife refuge and thrill to see some seasonal wildlife. Refuge trails are open sunrise to sunset daily, even on Thanksgiving Day when refuge visitor centers will be closed. Free trail maps are available outside the visitor center or at a refuge entrance kiosk.
These short walks or runs offer great bird viewing in late November and some refuges will just be entering their peak migratory bird season.
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To recognize the Endangered Species Act's 40th anniversary, each week we feature a different state and its unique story. This week we learn about one of the first species ever listed as endangered -- the Indiana bat -- and its unique history in the Wyandotte Cave, Indiana. These bats and this cave have gone through dramatic changes throughout the years—mining, onions, torch-bearing tourists and possibly even a ghost. Now biologists are working to ensure Indiana bats continue on their path to recovery.
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The Service owes a debt of gratitude to military veterans, and we are fortunate that many veterans find their skills can be put to good use conserving the nature of America. In honor of America's veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces and their families, the Service is offering fee-free access for all to national wildlife refuges during Veterans Day weekend Nov. 9 to 11.
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An individual who unlawfully sold a rhino head mount to a Service undercover agent for $35,000 has been indicted on federal charges in New Hampshire. He is the sixteenth individual charged to date in Operation Crash – the agency’s ongoing investigation of rhino horn trafficking.
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