Landowners Lose Again in Fight to Strip Protections for Rare Spider

A rare species of blind, cave-dwelling spider in the Central Texas hill country will remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act for now, despite a legal fight brought by landowners and private property advocates who claim the spider’s protection has threatened development projects and led to tens of millions of dollars in permitting costs.

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Push to Protect West Texas Lizard Moves Forward After Settlement

A long-running effort by environmental groups to get a rare species of West Texas lizard added to the endangered species list took a step forward on Thursday, when the federal government settled a lawsuit over its alleged “political delay” in even considering the idea.

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Judge Won’t Fast-Track Permits for Importing Elephant Trophies

Pointing to the strain on government resources during the coronavirus outbreak, a federal judge refused Thursday to expedite the issuance of permits that would allow hunters to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport into the U.S.

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Feds and Industry Partner to Create Habitat for Critically Threatened Butterflies

The federal government unveiled a program Wednesday to plant scores of milkweed plants across the nation to help monarch butterfly populations recover, but conservationists expressed skepticism that the program—while beneficial—could be cover for a refusal to list the iconic species as endangered this winter.

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Feds Withdraw Protections for California-Nevada Sage Grouse

The Trump administration continued its pattern of rolling back or declining to pursue protections for the greater sage grouse, the iconic bird which has seen its population numbers dwindle across a broad swath of rangeland in the American West. 

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