In Illinois, the fungus is killing 80 to 90 percent of the eastern massasauga rattlesnakes that contract it in an already tiny population of about 300 in four counties.
Federal officials have announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy but the efforts could hurt training operations at numerous U.S. military facilities in the West.
The government is preparing insufficient protections for a ground-dwelling bird that has declined significantly over the past century and soon will face a possible endangered species listing.
Nine endangered snakes indigenous to Turkey are now calling the St. Louis Zoo home.
Experts call them “one of nature’s recyclers,” which is a nice way of saying they live off dead animals.
The sheepnose and spectaclecase mussels will be protected following an agreement reached last summer between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington, Center for Biological Diversity.