Endangered Species

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Threatened Frog Delays Grazing Plan at Fossil Creek

Chiricahua leopard frog.
Credit Jeff Servoss/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Forest Service must reexamine a plan for allowing cattle to graze near Fossil Creek on the Coconino National Forest. A court has ruled the current plan jeopardizes habitat for the threatened Chiricahua leopard frog.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Hualapai Mexican Vole May Lose Endangered Species Status

The Hualapai Mexican Vole.
Credit G. Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing the Hualapai Mexican Vole from the list of endangered species. Genetic evidence suggests their numbers are more widespread in Arizona than previously believed.

The Hualapai Mexican Vole was originally listed in 1987 as a subspecies confined mainly to the Hualapai Mountains in the northwestern corner of Arizona. Now researchers question whether that designation is correct.   

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:52 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Grand Canyon, Oak Flat Make List of 'Endangerd Historic Sites'

Credit Alan English

Two historical sites in Arizona have been labeled as “endangered” by a national organization. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the Grand Canyon and Oak Flat on the Tonto National Forest made the list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

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Earth Notes
10:20 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Earth Notes: Helping Mexican Wolves Get a Good Start

Foster parents help a lot of kids from difficult backgrounds in getting a better start in life. Now they’re also helping a rare species that’s been struggling to gain a foothold in the Southwestern wilds.

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4:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Sonoran Desert Bald Eagle Protection In Limbo

Close-up shot of a bald eagle. Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator.

In April the federal government took the Sonoran Desert Bald Eagle off the endangered species list. And that’s caused deep concern from people who love this bird in the southwest.

On a recent sunny morning Arizona Game and Fish biologist Kyle McCarty climbed to the top of a tall Ponderosa pine tree and into a bald eagle nest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:34 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Add Two More Species to AZ's Endangered and Threatened Species List

Three Forks springsnails in their natural habitat
Mike Martinez US Fish and Wildlife Service

Arizona is home to dozens of plants and animals that are listed as endangered or threatened.

And the US Fish and Wildlife Service has just added two more.

Federal officials have designated the Three Forks Springsnail as endangered and the San Bernadino springsnail as threatened.