U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service considering petition to reclassify leopards as endangered throughout their range

Based on their review of a petition received in July 2016 and the sources cited in the petition, USFWS found that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that reclassifying the leopard (Panthera pardus) as endangered throughout its range in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, and Uganda, may be warranted. … Continue reading U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service considering petition to reclassify leopards as endangered throughout their range

CITES COP 17 convenes in just six days during which the world’s governments will make vital decisions regarding wildlife

The 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is taking place in in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 24th to October 5, 2016. WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society received official approval in May from the Department of Interior, U.S. Fish … Continue reading CITES COP 17 convenes in just six days during which the world’s governments will make vital decisions regarding wildlife

New study claims lawsuits speed up ESA protections for endangered and threatened species

A new peer-reviewed study published in Biological Diversity, earlier last week, “Taxa, petitioning agency, and lawsuits affect time spent awaiting listing under the US Endangered Species Act,” in effect claims lawsuits speed ESA protections for endangered & threatened species.