Jim Chestney has been chasing timber rattlesnakes for almost 40 years. It started out as something he did for fun. Now it’s his job.
The federal Endangered Species Act turns 40 on Dec. 28, 2013. The legislation's had some big successes, like bringing back the bald eagle. Now there are some attacks on the federal law, and similar state-level species preservation efforts. Reporter John R. Platt blogs for the Scientific American about endangered species. He talks with The Allegheny Front as part of our reporting package on animals at risk.
The river otter may become a legal target for Pennsylvania trappers in coming years, under a management plan the Pennsylvania Game Commission will finalize in January.
The bald eagle could be removed from the Pennsylvania Threatened and Endangered Species List in 2014, marking a milestone in the bird’s recovery across the state. Meanwhile, another bird of prey—the peregrine falcon—is also flying in the right direction to become a conservation success story.
A bill that would give natural gas companies and homebuilders more influence over wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania passed a House committee this week. But the bill faces opposition from many environment and sportsmen's groups, in part because it could cost the Commonwealth $27 million in federal funds.
An upcoming State House committee meeting is shaping up to be a showdown between environmentalists and industry groups. Developers of many stripes, including the natural gas industry, are supporting a proposal to add oversight to the independent commissions that designate endangered species in Pennsylvania.
The federal government is warning that changing the way endangered species are listed in Pennsylvania could mean a loss of millions of dollars in federal grants.
If you think you know about the Endangered Species Act, you might want to think again.