Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’

Study: Black bears likely to live another 100 years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new study of the animals that inspired teddy bears finds that Louisiana black bears are likely to survive another century as long as conditions remain stable. The report released yesterday by the U.S. Geological Survey could lead to the bears’ removal from the list of threatened animals, said Maria Davidson, head […] [...]

Fish and Wildlife pushing for threatened status for black pinesnake

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a snake found only in longleaf pine forests of southern Mississippi and Alabama should be listed as threatened. It’s asking for public comment about its proposal to list black pinesnakes as threatened. Black pinesnakes are burrowing constrictors colored dark brown to black. Their small heads […] [...]

Judge rules for Fish and Wildlife Service in frog habitat case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were within the law when they declared thousands of acres in Louisiana and Mississippi as “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The case involved 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish and 5,000 acres in Mississippi named as critical habitat […] [...]

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to illegal wildlife trapping

ABERDEEN — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to taking illegally harvested wildlife pelts out of Mississippi. Peter Jesunas, 32, of Shiocton, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate David Sanders in Aberdeen. He was fined $10,000 and ordered not to hunt or trap anywhere worldwide for three years while on probation. He was also ordered […] [...]

USM researchers leading shark-monitoring program on Coast

OCEAN SPRINGS — A research team at the University of Southern Mississippi has spearheaded a shark-monitoring program to help maintain the population of the ocean predator that is essential to the Gulf Coast ecosystem. This catch, tag and release program conducted by the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has been in place for over […] [...]

Five crawfish species to be dropped from endangered list

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five crawfish species found in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are still common and have been dropped from a petition asking for them to be listed as endangered, but a sixth needs protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said yesterday. Scientists recommended listing the slenderclaw crawfish, once found in northeastern Alabama and […] [...]

Landowner swaps land with Fish and Wildlife Service

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has reached an agreement with landowner James Kennedy to exchange a 306-acre parcel of its land in Tallahatchie County for a tract of York Woods, Kennedy’s conservation-easement property. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel and will use it […] [...]

Panel issues report on river diversion projects

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation, a group organized by The Water Institute of the Gulf to advise the state of Louisiana on river diversion projects on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, has issued its initial report. Panel members made recommendations on data collection, project modeling, the types of simulations […] [...]

Little opposition heard over proposed wildlife refuge

JACKSON — In an open-house meeting this past week, where members of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service explained the possibilities of a proposed National Wildlife Refuge in the Jackson area, little opposition was heard. “It was definitely more positive,” Connie Dickard of the USFWS said. “Some folks have asked who would be against […] [...]

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