The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit Dec. 14 in an effort to stop a federal agency's plan to protect endangered sea lions by restricting fishing in the western Aleutian Islands. Gov. Sean Parnell said the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to make a rational connection between what it found and the conclusion it reached that fishing needs to be curtailed in because sea lions aren't getting enough to eat.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Dec. 13 that the wolverine warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the listing will be delayed because other species take higher priority. Wolverines, who are members of the weasel family, are only a candidate for listing, and their status will be reviewed annually, the agency said.
Link: The Denver Post
Tiger tourism in India and Nepal can only help to protect the species from extinction if it is community-led, said a leading wildlife agency. Speaking at a Save The Wild Tigers forum in London, Debbie Banks, head of tiger campaigns at the Environment Investigation Agency, said these countries lack tourist products that sufficiently benefit local communities.
Link: TTG Live
Some of the most powerful voices in world wildlife welfare have banded together with leading zoo professionals to stop New Zealand's Auckland Zoo from forming a herd of elephants in inner-city Western Springs Park.
Link: The Aucklander
BILLINGS, Mont. — Negotiations to remove Northern Rockies gray wolves from the endangered species list hit an impasse Monday (Dec. 6), after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior Department proposal on the issue, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said. Schweitzer said the breakdown in talks among the three states and the Obama administration makes it unlikely Congress will address the issue this year.
It's sold in small, expensive vials to tourists from Hong Kong and Asia as a health tonic to improve your liver function, your libido and your general health. But the bear bile sold to visitors in Vietnam is not only cruel and illegal but potentially deadly to those who use it.
Exotic pet permits are about to go extinct in Oregon. The state Department of Agriculture says that, beginning in January, the state will not issue any new permits while it phases out the old ones. The agency is acting at the direction of the 2009 Legislature, which ordered the change to protect the public against health and safety risks posed to the community by exotic animals.
Includes Comments From Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary Director Tim Ajax
They are in the business of keeping you, me, all of us alive. But the work is highly controversial. You may not know that two of the largest breeders and importers of monkeys in the United States are right here in the Coastal Bend. They are in the business of medicine. And that means testing drugs on animals. Watch the video.
Link: KIIItv.com (Corpus Christi, Texas)