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Renewed Effort In Congress To Remove Wolves From ESA Protections

A bipartisan effort has been launched in the U.S. Senate to not only end Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region but to also prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from addressing lead poisoning related to fishing gear, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
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Hatch And Release At Padre Island National Seashore

During early June 2017, Traveler contributor Rebecca Latson had the privilege of witnessing and photographing several Kemp's ridley sea turtle public hatchling releases. In this article, she chronicles the work it takes to pull off a successful release and provides answers to questions involving this endangered species of sea turtle found along the Texas coast.
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Groups Announce Plan To Challenge Delisting Of Grizzlies In Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Rising grizzly bear deaths, climate change, and the biological island that is the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem all were cited Friday when a coalition of groups announced plans to sue the Trump administration to prevent the removal from the Endangered Species List of grizzly bears in the ecosystem.
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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Moves To Delist Grizzly Bears In Yellowstone Region

A decision to lift Endangered Species Act protection from grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem came Thursday, just after a group held up the death of a well-known Yellowstone National Park grizzly as a warning regarding the fate of other grizzlies in the ecosystem if they are delisted.
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Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings Heading To Sea At Padre Island National Seashore

The release of baby Kemp's Ridley sea turtles is underway at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Seashore staff collect the turtle eggs shortly after they're laid on the beach to ensure that predators don't get them and to incubate them. When they begin to hatch the turtles are returned to the beach, where they quickly head to sea.
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Comment Period Extended On Bison Reduction Plan At Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service has decided to extend the public comment period on the Initial Bison Herd Reduction Environmental Assessment, which evaluates management actions related to bison on Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim. The EA will now be available for public review and comment through June 14.
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