North America has a diverse array of wildlife speciesand is home to an estimated 457 mammals (e.g. bison, raccoon, mountain lion, beaver, moose, and jaguar), 914 birds (e.g. Bald Eagle and Goose) 662 reptiles (e.g. alligator) more than 300 amphibians and 4,000 known arachnids (e.g bark scorpion). Wildlife Conservation Efforts and Endangered Species In the 1970s, many of the nation’s native plants and animals were in danger of becoming extinct. The United States government passed two conservation laws, the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, to aid in the recovery of at-risk species.
Greater Yellowstone Grizzly delisting goes to court This week, tribes and environmental groups filed suits against US Fish and Wildlife, challenging their June delisting of Yellowstone Grizzlies
Efforts to protect the Greater Yellowstone grizzly are amping up as multiple groups sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife for their decision to remove the bears from the endangered species list.
Claims against the agency cite failure to consider tribal rights, reduced food sources, loss of habitat, hunting plans, and an increase in bear mortality.
The first grizzly bear Bigfoot was reportedly killed near Fresno, California in 1895 after killing sheep for 15 years; his weight was estimated at 2,000 pounds (900 kg)
Abandoned or Injured Animal Wildlife
If you find a young animal, do not assume it has been abandoned. Often, the parents are just out hunting or feeding. Wait at least four hours for the parent to return before taking action.
Once you are certain that the wild animal is abandoned, or immediately in the case of an injured wild animal, you can contact the following offices for help with finding a rehabilitator:
- Contact the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) at 1-320-230-9920, or visit their Finding a Rehabilitator website.
- Contact your state fish and wildlife office.
f you see an animal, such as a black bear or cougar, that is out of its normal territory or has some abnormality, contact your state fish and wildlife office.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act made it illegal for anyone to collect eagles, their feathers, or parts without a permit.
Get a Permit
Only enrolled members of a federally-recognized Native American tribe can get a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) National Eagle Repository to receive eagle feathers and parts for religious and cultural purposes.
Report Illegal Possession
Contact a regional FWS Office of Law Enforcement to report the illegal possession of eagles, their feathers, or parts.