endangered species

Oil And Gas Industry Supports Proposal To Downlist Beetle's Status

May 9, 2019
An American burying beetle is handled by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee in Rock Island, R.I.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to downlist the American burying beetle from “endangered” to “threatened.” KGOU's Katelyn Howard and Journal Record editor Russell Ray discuss how the proposal plays into a decades-long debate between the oil industry and conservationists.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A group of property owners is suing over Oklahoma City’s agreement to siphon water from the Southeastern part of the state. They claim federal, tribal and state governments failed to consider two endangered freshwater mussels: the Ouachita rock pocketbook and the scaleshell.

Big Cat Rescue

Jurors convicted former private zoo owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known as “Joe Exotic,” Tuesday afternoon on two murder-for-hire charges. He pleaded not guilty to arranging the murder of his chief critic, Carole Baskin, twice. The 56-year-old now faces more than twenty years in prison.

The western gray whale recently set the new world record as the mammal with the longest known migration, according to a study published by the academic journal Biology Letters.

The researcher behind the study, Bruce Mate of Oregon State University, found that a female western gray whale swam a total of 13,988 miles – from Russia to Mexico and back – in 172 days.