Endangered Species News Roundup

Sometimes, there are just too many species in need for me to write about them all in depth. Here are some important stories we don't want to let fall through the cracks:

Not all state animals have booming populations. Unlike the bald eagle, the Leadbeater's possum, state emblem of Victoria, Australia, has seen its population halved since 2006, despite a decade of conservation efforts. Scientists fear the species could go extinct without a strong conservation plan.

In Scotland, criminals looking for pearls are rapidly killing off protected freshwater pearl mussels, taking as many as 1000 at a time. A study of 19 rivers found that none of them had viable breeding populations.

Scotland's population of puffins is also at risk, as hundreds of puffin chicks are dying of starvation. Climate change has been blamed for destroying the puffins' food supply.

In Canada, conservationists are calling upon the British Columbia government to protect the endangered mountain caribou. There are just 1,900 mountain caribou left in Canada, and a whole 37 left in the U.S.

We're written about the delta smelt before, but now several groups are calling for endangered species status for the longfin smelt, whose population in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has dropped a shocking 97% in the last 20 years.

In Africa, five endangered Northern Bald Ibis have migrated -- the first migration for the species in 16 years. With just 110 ibis left in the world, this the first time in recent memory that the birds have been allowed to migrate. The birds were previously taken into captivity to prevent them from being lost. Their progress is being tracked by satellite.

Finally, Japan has added 461 species to its "red list" of threatened species, including the manatee-like dugong. Just 50 dugong are believed to be left in the waters around Okinawa island.

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