Grizzly Bears and the Whitebark Pine

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially proposed to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), for the second time. The population stands at about 700 bears and its recovery is being hailed as one of America’s great conservation successes. However, the future of …

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Greater Sage-Grouse Not Endangered

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has determined that the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is not in need of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In its September 2015 finding, FWS states that based upon the best available science, and new data showing population increases, an ESA listing is not warranted. This finding …

Issue of the Week: The Endangered Species Act

SCI Foundation often writes about issues concerning the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Some issues include endangered or threatened species listings; special rules governing management of listed species; and how the ESA affects conservation, hunting and international trade in wildlife. As we often skip over the basics about the Act, this article will make our readers …

Issue of the Week: Wolverine Inconsistent with Polar Bear

The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) recent decision to ignore agency biologists’ recommendations and withdraw the draft listing of wolverine as threatened  under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is raising some concern among the scientific community. The draft listing in response to fears that climate change will cause massive reductions in snow cover, which …

Weekly Update: Fighting For Lions

SCI Foundation is awaiting the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement on whether the African lion will be proposed for listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). SCI Foundation has created a new website (www.fightingforlions.org) to help communicate the details of the announcement and explain the impacts a listing …