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  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Proposed listing of the Louisiana pinesnake under the Endangered Species Act, and the proposed 4(d) exemption rule

    October 5, 2016 | 7 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is reopening the public comment period on its October 2016 proposal to list the Louisiana pinesnake as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service at the same time is proposing a series of exemptions to land management activities in what is called a “4(d) rule” because it refers to Section 4(d) of the ESA.  Learn more...
  • A large black bear with a small cub nestled in the upper branches of a hardwood tree.
    Information icon Louisiana black bear female with her two cubs in a tree. Photo by Clint Turnage, USDA.

    Louisiana black bear removed from the list of threatened and endangered species due to recovery

    March 10, 2016 | 11 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on March 10, 2016, it will officially remove the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) from the Lists of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. The Service published a proposed rule to delist the bear on May 21, 2015. Why is the Service delisting the Louisiana black bear? Due to the efforts of the Service and its partners, the threats to the Louisiana black bear have been eliminated or reduced, and adequate regulatory mechanisms exist for its long-term protection.  Learn more...

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  • Two reddish brown hawks perched on a fence post.
    Harris hawks. Photo by Emilio del Prado, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Harris’ hawks return to Texas

    February 9, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. A pair of Harris’ hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and brought to North Carolina, were recently treated to a plane ride back to their south Texas home, the culmination of nearly two months of effort by law enforcement officers, raptor biologists, and Delta Air Lines. In October, officers with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department received a tip about the birds through their wildlife crime stoppers program.  Learn more...

Wildlife

  • A small black bird with red eyes walks in the marsh grasses.
    Information icon Eastern black rail. Photo © Tom Johnson, used with permission, The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    Eastern black rail

    Black rails are the smallest rails in North America. One of four recognized subspecies of black rail, the eastern black rail is perhaps the most secretive. This small inhabitant of shallow salt and freshwater marshes is rarely seen and has a distinctive "kick-ee-doo" call that is often heard at night.  Visit the species profile...
  • A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing
    Information icon Louisiana black bear. Credit: Pam McIlhenny, used with permission.

    Louisiana black bear

    The Louisiana black bear is the state mammal for Louisiana, and it is one of 16 subspecies of the American black bear. While the American black bear can be found across North America, the Louisiana black bear subspecies is only known to occur in Louisiana, East Texas and western Mississippi. Compared to other black bears, the Louisiana black bears skull is longer, narrower and flatter, with larger molar teeth.  Visit the species profile...
  • Male and female mallard ducks on a lake
    Information icon Mallards at Morris Wetland Management District in Minnesota. Photo by Alex Galt, USFWS.

    Mallard

    Taxon: Anseriformes, Anatidae Range: Mallards occur year-round throughout North America, but most individuals are migratory and breed in the northern United States and Canada and winter in the Southern United States and Mexico. Most of the breeding population occurs in the Prairie Pothole Region of the north-central United States and central Canada. Status: Not listed, low concern – In 2018, the breeding population size exceeded 10 million in the traditional and eastern survey areas of North America.  Visit the species profile...
  • Eight northern pintails including two females and six males on a cold, winter lake
    Information icon Northern pintails at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Clayton Ferrell, USFWS.

    Northern pintail

    Taxon: Anseriformes, Anatidae Range: Northern pintail typically breed in the Prairie Pothole Region of the north-central United States, central Canada, and Alaska. They spend their winters in the southern United States and Mexico, especially along the Texas and Louisiana coasts of the Gulf of Mexico. Status: Not listed, low concern – More than 2.3 million northern pintail were estimated in the breeding population in 2018. However, substantial declines since the 1950s has resulted in restricted harvest regulations for this species.  Visit the species profile...
  • A duck with long green and brown feathers on its head in the shape of a backwards-hat
    Information icon A wood duck at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Robin Koch, USFWS volunteer.

    Wood duck

    Taxon: Anseriformes, Anatidae Range: Wood ducks are common year-round in the Southeastern United States and during summer and autumn throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. Wood ducks breed in most states east of the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Pacific Northwest, but they migrate from northern states and provinces to southern areas during early fall. Status: Not listed, low concern – Although breeding population estimates are not available for wood ducks based on breeding surveys, perhaps as many as 3 million breeding pairs exist across North America.  Visit the species profile...

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