California Condor

In a dispute arising from the development of luxury resort community Tejon Mountain Ranch, a federal court in California ruled against conservationists challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s finding that the California condor is not a “traditional cultural property” under federal law and could be incidentally taken during the building of the development.

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Elusive Eastern Black Rail Threatened by Rising Sea Levels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some environmentalists were seeking for the elusive bird, now imperiled by habitat destruction, sea level rise, and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms with climate change.

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US Wildlife Agency Seeks to Carve Out Areas From Protections

A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to more energy development and other activities.

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