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Endangered Species Act

Effect of red knot's new protection on NC unclear

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State officials say it's too early to know how the declaration of the red knot as a threatened species will affect the North Carolina coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the Atlantic coast population of the robin-sized shorebird to the federal Endangered Species Act in December. Some researchers estimate the species population has plummeted in 20 years from nearly 150,000 to as few as 20,000 today. Full story...
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Report finds flaws in red wolf restoration effort

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An independent review has found flaws in a 27-year program to restore the endangered red wolf to the wild, including data gathering, the size of the habitat and lack of coordination with local managers. The review by the Wildlife Management Institute was released Thursday. It had been commissioned by federal wildlife officials as they consider whether to continue its efforts to maintain the world's only wild red wolf population in eastern North Carolina. A decision on how to proceed is expected in early 2015. Full story...
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Commercial fishing groups suing over sea turtles

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videoCommercial fishing groups filed a lawsuit this week because they want regulations for sea turtle protection applied to all fishermen, even folks just out for some fun for the day. Full story...
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Tribal elders sue Cherokee bear zoo

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Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are suing a North Carolina roadside zoo that keeps bears in concrete pits on reservation land. Full story...
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HAPPENING TODAY: Feds holding hearing on loggerheads habitat

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding another public hearing on designating hundreds of miles of beaches along the Southeast and Gulf costs as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Wednesday's hearing in Wilmington is the second this week on the designation for 750 miles of shoreline. Full story...
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