dusky gopher frog

Jason Saul

The Trump administration is making major changes to the Endangered Species Act, which could affect some plants and animals in Louisiana.

The act, passed in the 1970’s, protects endangered plants and animals. At that time, the “pelican state” almost lost its state bird. The brown pelican was on the brink of extinction. Then, officials went to Florida and brought back juvenile pelicans to reestablish them in Louisiana. In 2009 they were officially taken off the list of endangered species.

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This week on the Coastal News Roundup: details on another big climate report, and the Coast Guard orders a stop to the longest-running oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico’s history. Plus, the latest on a legal fight between a Louisiana landowner and an endangered frog.

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with environment reporter Tristan Baurick from Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

John A. Tupy, Western Carolina University / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The US Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to take another look at the case of the endangered dusky gopher frog and some protected habitat in Louisiana.

Fewer than 100 dusky gopher frogs are thought to be left in Mississippi. In order to survive, they need habitat with “ephemeral ponds” -- shallow ponds that regularly fill up and dry out.