3-ton pile of illegal ivory prior to its destruction today by the French government in Paris, France. Credit: Arnaud Bouissou - MEDDE
3-ton pile of illegal ivory prior to its destruction today by the French government in Paris, France. Credit: Arnaud Bouissou - MEDDE

France Destroys 3 Tons of Illegal Ivory

February 7, 2014
The Service applauds France for destroying today 3-tons of illegal ivory seized by French customs and law enforcement officials between 1987 and 2007. France now joins the United States, Kenya, the Philippines, Gabon and the People's Republic of China in this public commitment to ending the illegal trade in ivory that is threatening to wipe out African elephant populations. Global momentum is building within the international community to fight global wildlife trafficking and save the world's most threatened species.
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Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS
Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS

Wolf Proposal Comment Period Reopened

February 6, 2014
The Service applauds France for destroying today 3-tons of illegal ivory seized by French customs and law enforcement officials between 1987 and 2007. France now joins the United States, Kenya, the Philippines, Gabon and the People's Republic of China in this public commitment to ending the illegal trade in ivory that is threatening to wipe out African elephant populations. Global momentum is building within the international community to fight global wildlife trafficking and save the world's most threatened species.
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Learn more about the U.S. #ivorycrush »

Fin whale. Credit: Pete Duley, NEFSC/NOAA
Fin whale. Credit: Pete Duley, NEFSC/NOAA

Interior Certifies that Iceland's Whaling Undermines Worldwide Efforts to Conserve Whale

February 6, 2014
The Department of the Interior has declared that Iceland's international trade in whale meat and products diminishes the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The official certification was made to President Obama under the Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman's Protective Act of 1967. The President will determine appropriate actions within 60 days following the certification.
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Mexican wolf sedated during the 2013 population survey. Credit: Interagency Field Team
Mexican wolf sedated during the 2013 population survey. Credit: Interagency Field Team

Oregon Chub Proposed as First Fish to be Removed from ESA Due to Recovery

February 5, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed delisting the Oregon chub from the Endangered Species Act. If finalized, it would be the first ever fish removed from the ESA due to recovery, a monumental success for the Service and the many partners who worked together to make this happen, and for all Americans concerned about the health of our nation’s wildlife.
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Federal Wildlife Officer, Kenneth McCain, with an osprey at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Larry Woodward / USFWS
Federal Wildlife Officer, Kenneth McCain, with an osprey at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Larry Woodward / USFWS

Leaders Honored for Conservation Work on National Wildlife Refuges

February 5, 2014
The National Wildlife Refuge Association recently announced its series of awards honoring individuals and groups for their dedication and devotion to wildlife conservation within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The awards recognize the strong leaders and employees, dedicated volunteers, and Refuge Friends organizations that help make the Refuge System one of the best wildlife conservation systems in the world.
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