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Eastern North Carolina Red Wolf Population Under Review

Focus Group Sessions Scheduled


August 29, 2014

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Portrait of a red wolf. Photo: B. Crawford, USFWS. Download.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a contract to conduct a review of the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population to the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), of Cabot, Virginia.  Founded in 1911, WMI is a private, non-profit, scientific and educational organization, dedicated to the conservation, enhancement, and professional management of North America's wildlife and other natural resources.

The evaluation will be completed in 60 days by October 10, 2014.  Under the Service’s contract, it will be peer reviewed and then used to help the Service determine the program’s future.  That determination is expected to be finalized in early 2015.  The evaluation will cover three primary areas: scientific, management, and public attitudes.

Media availability: 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2014, 877-917-5786- Passcode: red wolf

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Expands Urban Conservation Program

New Projects Will Help Communities, Teach Kids, Restore Ties to Nature


August 28, 2014

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Taking a tour by canoe is one of the many activities for visitors at Bayou Sauvage. Photo: Steve Hillebrand. Download.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today it will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents in six cities to connect with nature. Together, the Service and partners expect to direct more than $1.7 million to community-led habitat restoration projects and engage thousands of volunteers in the efforts.

Six national wildlife refuges will play a key part in the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships: Hopper Mountain Refuge in Ventura, CA; Bayou Sauvage Refuge in New Orleans, LA; Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge in Denver, CO; John Heinz Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, PA; Wallkill River Refuge in Sussex, NJ; and Santa Ana Refuge in Alamo, TX. The partnerships will encourage participation in conservation and outdoor recreation in residents’ local communities.

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Service Designates Critical Habitat for Three Endangered Plants


August 25, 2014

A yellow flower with many small blooms

A short's bladderpod. Credit: John MacGregor, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Download.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating critical habitat for three endangered plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. This critical habitat designation becomes final on September 25, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The plants, which were listed as endangered, on August 1, 2014, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, whorled sunflower, and Short’s bladderpod.

The Service has identified 2,488 acres in 31 units as habitat critical to the plants’ survival.

Short’s bladderpod is found in Posey County, Indiana; Clark, Franklin, and Woodford Counties Kentucky; and Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Jackson, Montgomery, Smith, and Trousdale Counties, Tennessee. The whorled sunflower is found in Floyd County, Georgia; Cherokee County, Alabama, and Madison and McNairy Counties, Tennessee. The fleshy-fruit gladecress is found in Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama.

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Three Mississippi Men Charged After Louisiana Black Bear Killed


August 14, 2014

A Louisiana black bear in a lush landscape

Louisiana black bear. Photo: Gary M. Stolz, USFWS. Download.

Jackson, Miss – Travis Butler, 28, of Meridian, Chester Brad Williams, 49, of Meridian, and David Lucas Wimberly, 34, of Quitman, have been indicted for their involvement in the killing of a Louisiana Black Bear in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, and their subsequent obstruction of the investigation into that killing, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today. The Louisiana Black Blear is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act.

According to the indictment, on January 4, 2014, Butler caused another person to kill the bear. He and Williams then took the bear to Wimberly’s taxidermy to be mounted. When federal and state wildlife officers began their investigation into the killing on February 6, 2014, Butler, Williams and Wimberly destroyed evidence of their actions.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered


August 13, 2014

A small bat with tall ears

A northern long-eared bat. Photo: Steven Thomas, National Park Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts in August to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.

To participate: Log on to http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=741848583&p=&t=c to view a Service presentation about the northern long-eared bat.

To listen to the presentation and ask questions, call toll-free 1-800-369-1692. Enter passcode 2549152# to join the call.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists the Florida Leafwing and Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreak Butterflies as Endangered, and Designates Critical Habitat


August 11, 2014

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Bartram's scrub-hairstreak. Photo: Holly Salvato.

VERO BEACH, FL. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak and Florida leafwing butterflies as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At the same time, the Service is designating critical habitat for both butterflies, which are only found in South Florida.

The Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak was historically locally common within pine rocklands on the Florida mainland and the Florida Keys in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, while only sporadically occurring as strays in Collier, Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward Counties. The current range of the Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak includes Big Pine Key, including the National Key Deer Refuge in Monroe County, and Everglades National Park in Miami Dade County, as well as locally within conservation lands adjacent to Everglades National Park.

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Service Protects Three Plants Under Endangered Species Act


August 1, 2014

A tall yellow flower with multiple blooms

Short's bladderpod. Photo: John MacGregor, KYDFWR.

Three rare plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are now protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This protection becomes final on September 2, 2014, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The plants, which are listed as endangered, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, whorled sunflower, and Short’s bladderpod.

Short’s bladderpod is found in Posey County, Indiana; Clark, Franklin, and Woodford Counties Kentucky; and Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Jackson, Montgomery, Smith, and Trousdale Counties. Tennessee. The whorled sunflower is found in Floyd County, Georgia; Cherokee County, Alabama, and Madison and McNairy Counties, Tennessee. The fleshy-fruit gladecress is found in Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama.

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