Endangered Species

Lori Iverson/ USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun an investigation into the status of the gray wolf in the western U.S. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the agency is responding to concerns from environmentalists and tribes about the species’ survival.


AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File

Arizona wildlife officials have captured and relocated an endangered Mexican gray wolf near Flagstaff. It spent months in the area but biologists and others had become concerned about its proximity to homes and busy highways. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reported.


Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is asking the public to help name one of its black-footed ferret litters. The zoo is caring for 27 black-footed ferret kits and officials say it’s the most successful breeding season in 20 years. The first litter was born in May, the last in June. The Phoenix Zoo is one of six facilities worldwide breeding black-footed ferrets for release to the wild. The species is considered one of North America’s most endangered.

Arizona Game and Fish Department

An endangered Mexican gray wolf from eastern Arizona has taken a risky journey over hundreds of miles to the Flagstaff area. It’s a rare instance of a wolf roaming so far westward away from the federally protected recovery population. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to downgrade a Colorado River fish, the razorback sucker, from “endangered” to “threatened.” KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


Ryan Hagerty / USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to expand the area available for black-footed ferret reintroductions throughout northern and southeastern Arizona as well as parts of New Mexico and Utah. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on how the plan is meant to help the endangered animal.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP

A record number of captive-born endangered Mexican gray wolf pups have been placed in wild dens this year. It’s a process known as cross-fostering and is designed to increase genetic diversity in the struggling species. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


National Park Service

Here’s a fish story for you: what if you could get paid to go fishing all day? The National Park Service wants anglers to help get rid of exotic brown trout at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River. The agency is giving cash prizes for every fish to try to knock down their numbers. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the program is an unusual experiment, designed to meet the goals of the Park Service but also respect the spiritual beliefs of the Zuni Tribe.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File

The endangered California condor could return to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in 100 years.

  

NAGEL PHOTOGRAPHY/SHUTTERSTOCK

The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest grew last year by 14%.

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