U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

For the second time this year, conservation groups have threatened legal action in an effort to list the lake sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Hoosier Environmental Council, Fishable Indiana Streams for Hoosiers, and others filed a notice of intent to sue against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.

A coalition of state and national environmental groups says it plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect Lake Sturgeon. The fish is an endangered species in the state, but environmentalists say it needs federal protection. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a tiny fish named after an Indiana river doesn’t need federal protection. In fact, the Tippecanoe darter’s numbers might be growing.

The agency completed a scientific review of the species after environmental groups wanted it listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Saving Endangered Butterfly Could Mean Losing Some

Sep 7, 2018

In order to better protect an endangered butterfly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says we might end up losing a few of them. The agency recently released a draft plan to restore the butterfly’s habitat in Indiana.

Red Wolf On The Brink Of Extinction

May 13, 2018
(B. Bartel/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Rebecca Thiele

The red wolf, once native to southern Indiana, could become extinct as soon as 2026. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a report last month stating that there are now only 40 left in the wild. 

A change to the Endangered Species Act could harm plants and animals in Indiana that are awaiting federal help. A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would get rid of blanket protections for all species that are close to becoming endangered or “threatened.” 

Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Media

March until June is nesting season for Canada geese, and that can become a problem for Hoosier property owners.  During nesting season these geese are especially aggressive, sometimes attacking and nipping at people to protect their nests.  But you can get a permit in Indiana to destroy their eggs, nests and even kill the adults.