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Idaho’s War on Wolves Escalates

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Idaho holds a privileged place in the annals of wolf history. Here, in The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness nearly 20 years ago, the first reintroduced wolves in America leaped from portable kennels onto their historical home turf, returned by a federal government coming to terms with its misguided policy to hunt, poison and trap an ecologically crucial species to near-extinction. Now, with federal wolf protection lifted in 2011 and wolf management in the hands of the state, many concerned citizens and scientists view Idaho as the poster child for a particularly egregious anti-wolf agenda—one that is absent scientific merit, based in irrational loathing and aimed toward wolf persecution, not management. “While we are disappointed with many states’ wolf plans, Idaho tops the list as the state with the worst wolf policy,” says Don Barry, Defenders’ senior vice president of conservation programs. “The state has rapidly become the most hostile state in the West to wolves and wolf recovery and has adopted a series of extreme anti-wolf measures designed to seriously undermine wolf recovery and sustainability, and to drive the wolf population down to the absolute minimum.”

Spring 2014

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Volume 89, Issue 2
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Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon

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by Chris Haney

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we're beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea.

We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea

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by Mark Salvo

New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?

Oklahoma energy briefs for April 11, 2014

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Conservation groups challenge limited protections for lesser prairie-chicken

Defenders of Wildlife * WildEarth Guardians * Center for Biological Diversity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2014

Contact: Jason Rylander, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-3245

                Erik Molvar, WildEarth Guardians, (307) 399-7910

                Jay Lininger, Center for Biological Diversity, (928) 853-9929

 

Conservation groups challenge limited protections for lesser prairie-chicken

Big Oil, bad decisions: Coast Guard report sheds more light on Shell’s shenanigans in Alaska

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by Haley McKey

On April 3, the Coast Guard released a report on its investigation of the grounding of the Kulluk, Shell’s Arctic drill rig, on New Year’s Eve in 2012. What it found is upsetting - but unfortunately, not unexpected.

There’s a new kitten in town: Baby Ocelot brings hope to struggling population in Texas refuge

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by Eva Sargent

The new kitten in Texas has a special place in our hearts because several years ago Defenders helped revegetate habitat needed by ocelots in Texas and worked to stop the Border Patrol from removing vegetation and installing huge lighting arrays, which would have fragmented habitat and potentially disrupted ocelot behavior. These days, we continue to work to protect ocelots and jaguars as they struggle to recolonize their habitat in the U.S.

Refuges Before Rockets

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