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Jaguars no longer have protected land in New Mexico

After a years-long battle to protect the designation of stretches of the southwest as a protected habitat for the jaguar, a federal judge has ruled that the New Mexico land should no longer be protected for the largest New World cat.... Read more»

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Legal challenges to border wall continue – and so does construction

Conservationists expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal to stop construction of the border wall. But they’re moving ahead while monitoring construction as it chews through land marked by towering saguaros and habitat of the endangered jaguar.... Read more»

Supreme Court demurs on enviro challenge to Southwest border wall

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge by environmentalists over rule waivers issued by the Trump administration to speed up the construction of the wall along the border with Mexico.... Read more»

Endangered jaguar at crux of new border-wall fight

Three environmental groups challenging the border wall between the United States and Mexico argued Tuesday in a federal complaint that the plan will completely kill off a population of jaguar.... Read more»

Feds say tiny snail in Utah, Arizona can no longer be listed as endangered

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service said this week that it plans to take the Kanab ambersnail off the list of endangered species because the tiny snail is neither endangered – nor its own species.... Read more»

Democrats, GOP hold competing hearings on endangered species bills

In the debate over the future of the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Paul Gosar, D-Prescott, says that all parties “deserve a say and seat at the table.” But on Tuesday, at least, the parties were not at the same table.... Read more»

Federal judge rejects enviro lawsuit over border wall

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

GOP, Democrats spar over best way to save Endangered Species Act

Democrats and Republicans agreed last week that everybody wants to prevent extinction of endangered species – but they differ sharply on how to do that. That was the main issue as the House Natural Resources Committee took up five bills, what Rep. Raul Grijalva called a “weird menu” of measures that would modify the Endangered Species Act in ways he called a “waste of time.”... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

Environmentalists criticize proposed jaguar recovery plan

Environmental groups are criticizing the details of a proposed jaguar recovery plan released Monday by the Fish and Wildlife Service, arguing the plan is too weak to protect the species from extinction. Two wild male jaguars recently spotted in Southern Arizona are the only known jaguars in the country.... Read more»

Despite critics, House OKs bill aimed at curbing wildfires

Where supporters say the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 will reduce wildfires, critics say the bill guts environmental regulations and promotes high-risk logging.... Read more»

Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves top 100 for first time

From the 1970s until 1998, not a single Mexican gray wolf roamed the Southwest. Now there are more 100 of them in Arizona and New Mexico, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.... Read more»

Feds confirm Grand Canyon wolf shot in December

The wolf shot and killed by a hunter in Utah in late December was the same animal who had been spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years. Federal officials announced the results of genetic testing Wednesday.... Read more»

Grand Canyon wolf may have been shot in Utah

A hunter in Utah shot and killed a wolf in Utah on Sunday, and has said he mistook the animal for a coyote. The canine may be the female wolf recently spotted near the Grand Canyon — the first wolf seen in that part of Northern Arizona in 70 years.... Read more»2

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»

Exclusive: Tourists video Grand Canyon wolf

A pair of tourists from Virginia captured the female wolf roaming the North Rim last month — with their video camera. A cross-country road trip found the two with a rare sighting: a wolf trotting alongside their car as they left the Grand Canyon. Officials confirmed that the animal is that same wolf spotted by others in the area.... Read more»

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