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Courts reject environmental lawsuit to block Navajo coal mine expansion

A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., because it is an arm of the Navajo government and thus immune from civil suits.... Read more»

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Border Patrol, aid groups differ over desert rescue beacons

Border Patrol argues that existing rescue beacons help save lives and negate the need for humanitarian efforts by volunteer groups, such as No More Deaths.... Read more»

Enviros, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.... Read more»

CBP: 5-year-old boy, family rescued in desert Thursday

An officer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife found three people, including a mother and her 5-year-old boy, in the Arizona desert on Thursday during a search led by U.S. Border Patrol agents, authorities said. ... Read more»

Acuña cactus stays on endangered list, SW willow flycatcher faces review

Federal officials Tuesday rejected a request to remove the acuña cactus from the endangered species list, but said they will give further consideration to a petition to delist the Southwestern willow flycatcher.... Read more»

Green groups sue feds over pygmy owl

Two environmental groups — Defenders of Wildlife and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity — filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at forcing the federal government to protect Arizona’s diminishing cactus ferruginous pygmy owl population under the Endangered Species Act.... Read more»

Black-footed ferrets settling in at new Az site

The endangered black-footed ferret has been making a comeback in northern Arizona since a reintroduction program began in 1996. A release this week marks a new stage of that effort as state officials established a second population to complement one near Seligman. ... Read more»

Phony Wildlife Service truck discovered carrying marijuana near Douglas

A phony U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vehicle towing a flat-bed trailer was stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents who discovered the trailer and vehicle were packed with more than 3,200 pounds of marijuana near Douglas. ... Read more»

Feds add Az hearing on proposed changes to Mexican gray wolf plan

Following a request from U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, federal officials have added a public hearing in Arizona on proposed changes to the management of endangered Mexican gray wolves.... Read more»

Desert storm brews over Obama renewable energy plan

America’s deserts are stark, quiet places, where isolation and the elements have long kept development at bay. To outsiders, these arid expanses may not seem like prized land. But they are poised to play a key role — and perhaps, to serve as a battleground — in President Obama's plan to double U.S. electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020.... Read more»

Feds target critical habitat for endangered gartersnakes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has targeted hundreds of thousands of acres in Arizona and New Mexico that it wants to designate as critical habitat for two endangered gartersnakes. The service said that the northern Mexican gartersnake and the narrow-headed gartersnake need to be protected because they are threatened by loss of habitat and by competition from nonnative species.... Read more»

Feds eye 6k acres as jumping mouse critical habitat

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to list the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species and to set aside more than 6,000 acres in eastern Arizona as critical habitat for the animals.... Read more»

Enviros renew call for ban on lead ammo in condor’s range

An environmental group says endangered California condors in Kaibab National Forest are still dying from lead poisoning, despite a significant reduction in Arizona hunters using lead ammunition. The Center for Biological Diversity wants lead bullets banned in the condor's range. ... Read more»

Authorities recapture first Mexican gray wolf released in years

A male Mexican gray wolf released into the forest of Eastern Arizona last month has been recaptured after failing to mate with a pack’s alpha female as officials had hoped.... Read more»

Endangered species status, habitat proposed for Az fish

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday proposed listing a small freshwater fish as an endangered species and setting aside almost 300 miles of Arizona and New Mexico streams as critical habitat for the Zuni bluehead sucker.... Read more»

Survey finds key Arizona bighorn sheep herd still depleted

A southwestern Arizona herd of desert bighorn sheep once used to replenish populations across the Southwest remained depleted for the 12th year in a row, according to a survey by federal and state wildlife officials.... Read more»

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