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December 20, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow sea otters to roam freely down the Southern California coastline, abandoning its program to relocate the voracious shellfish eaters from waters reserved for fishermen. Federal officials determined that their sea otter trans-location program had failed after 25 years and thus they were terminating it, according to a decision published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. "As a result, it allows sea otters to expand their range naturally into Southern California," the notice said.
May 10, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Federal wildlife officials took the unprecedented step Friday of telling private companies that they will not be prosecuted for inadvertently harassing or even killing endangered California condors. In a decision swiftly condemned by conservationists and wildlife advocates, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said operators of Terra-Gen Power's wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains will not be prosecuted if their turbines accidentally kill a condor during the expected 30-year life span of the project.
In an extraordinary, preemptive move, Southern California builders and Orange County tollway officials have sued the nation's wildlife agency, seeking to dismiss efforts to protect the California gnatcatcher. The lawsuit, filed in a Washington federal court almost two weeks ago but announced only Wednesday, alleges that the process has been secretive and unfair. It claims that the U.S.
February 16, 2003 | Matthew Heller, Matthew Heller's last story for the magazine was about the new state prison in Delano.
The San Bernardino County town of Colton is the only city in the nation with an official, federally designated fly preserve. Hard as it may be to believe, this is not a distinction sought by city leaders, who can't imagine that the 10-acre, chain-link-ringed habitat of the tiny Delhi Sands flower-loving fly will ever challenge Mt. Slover, a 300-foot limestone peak owned by a cement company, as the city's major landmark.
October 7, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The California golden trout — the official state fish — will not receive protection under the Endangered Species Act after a 10-year review of scientific information and conservation programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday. "Conservation measures throughout the trout's historic range have done much to protect the species," service spokeswoman Sarah Swenty said in a statement. "In large part because of those measures, the service determined that the intensity of threats does not indicate the species is endangered, or likely to become so in the foreseeable future.
September 8, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the Franciscan manzanita — a plant so rare that only one is believed to be growing in the wild — "warrants protection" and proposed declaring the elusive shrub endangered. The announcement kicks off a 60-day public comment period to allow the federal agency to figure out whether it is possible or necessary to designate and protect habitat critical to the plant's survival and to finalize its determination.
April 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
An environmental group has warned that a federal agency's plan to designate 98.4 acres as critical habitat for an endangered plant in western Riverside County is inadequate and could result in the extinction of the species. In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month designated the small area just west of Lake Elsinore as critical habitat for Munz's onion. The wildlife agency also rejected the center's request for it to protect habitat for the endangered San Jacinto Valley crownscale, which inhabits portions of the San Jacinto River flood plain near Hemet.
April 14, 2004 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Federal wildlife officials Tuesday re-designated 4.1 million acres in 28 California counties as critical habitat for the endangered red-legged frog immortalized by Mark Twain. Two-thirds of the land is privately owned. Building industry groups sued to stop the habitat designation in 2001, alleging that regulators had failed to properly analyze financial effects on housing supply and prices. A U.S. district judge in Northern California voided the plan, and regulators agreed to remap the habitat.
The San Diego Zoological Society has severed relations with a Kansas animal dealer who said Tuesday that he took four endangered addax antelope from the San Diego Wild Animal Park to a Missouri wild animal auction in 1985. Jeff Jouett, a zoo spokesman, said the zoo cut its ties with animal trader James Fouts in October because zoo staffers had "suspicions" that Fouts did business with wild animal auctions.
May 12, 1987 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
Federal environmental officials are objecting strongly to the proposed issuance of a permit for Pamo Dam, claiming that the San Diego region can meet its emergency water needs through construction of an alternate project that inflicts far less damage on the environment. In a lengthy report to be sent to the Army Corps of Engineers this week, U.S.
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