Updates: Good News and Bad for Several Endangered Species

It's time to update you on several stories we have covered over the last few months:

  • Rebel fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has accelerated, putting endangered mountain gorillas even further at risk as the park rangers protecting them have been driven from the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park.
  • Nobody likes a giant spitting earthworm, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has denied the giant Palouse earthworm protection under the Endangered Species Act.
  • But coastal coho salmon have a second chance at protection, as a judge has ruled that Bush administration's attempts deny the species endangered species status were illegal.
  • Meanwhile, Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still trying to downgrade rules protecting the manatee. All in the name of boating. Bah.
  • In other news, the fur trade continues to put many species at risk in the name of fashion. Case in point, the Tibetan antelope known as the Chatu, which conservationists warn could be extinct by the time China's Olympics roll around.
  • And finally, the public now has until October 22 to comment on possible protective status for the polar bear. So what are you waiting for? Go comment.

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