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Tag: Endangered Species Act


Washington wolves remain protected under state law

Although wolves have been removed from federal Endangered Species Act protection in the eastern third of Washington, they remain protected as a state endangered species throughout Washington.

That is the crux of a news release sent out this morning by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Under Congressional direction that prevents any judicial review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Thursday removed the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from federal endangered status. The action affects wolves in Montana, Idaho, the eastern third of Oregon and Washington and a small area of north central Utah.

Idaho has

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Three rockfish species listed under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA’s Fisheries Service earlier today announced that it is listing three populations of rockfish in Puget Sound and the rest of the Georgia Basin for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The populations of two of the rockfish species – canary and yelloweye – have been designated as “threatened” and a third rockfish species – bocaccio – as “endangered.”

An endangered species is at high risk of extinction; a threatened species is vulnerable to extinction in the near future and in need of protection.

Populations of all three rockfish species in the Georgia Basin, which encompasses Puget Sound and

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Endangered species listing of Southwest Washington coastal cutthroat trout rejected

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a short time ago it will again withdraw its proposal to list as threatened the Southwest Washington/Columbia River distinct population segment of coastal cutthroat trout.

Initially proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1999, the service withdrew the proposal to list this population in 2002 after determining the trout were more numerous than previously known and not declining in number as had been thought. A district court upheld this decision in 2005, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court. In July 2008, the

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