Defenders In the News
Sometimes Washington politics can seem worlds away, but a recent report on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to removed gray wolves from the Endangered Species list across most of the continental U.S. made headlines here in Colorado.
The lesser prairie chicken was once so common among the tall grasses of the southern Great Plains that it was a staple of the pioneer diet. Oil wells and wind farms now populate the football-sized grouse's range - and the bird's numbers are in rapid decline, prompting the federal government to propose protections for saving the species from extinction.
The Endangered Species Act sounds simple on paper. Its goal is to preserve biological diversity, protect critical habitat, and recover threatened species across the country. But nothing is simple when it comes to the environment.
Animal rights and conservation groups are up in arms over Yellowstone National Park’s plan to reduce its bison population. Park officials confirm that they will capture and transfer hundreds of bison that wander outside of park limits to local Native American tribes for slaughter over the next two years.
I cannot say I was surprised by the recent peer review report on wolf delisting from a panel of independent scientists. They unanimously concluded that the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's (the Service) proposal to strip federal protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states was not supported by the best available science.
California authorities are on the hunt for the person or persons responsible for fatally shooting three sea otters last year. Conservationists and animal rights activists from several private and public groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information that could lead to the culprits’ arrest.
Entanglement with fishing gear threatens the endangered North Atlantic right whale. What can we do to protect them and help this species recover before it's too late?
The Interior Department failed to use the best available science and relied heavily on a controversial study to justify its proposal last summer to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in most of the United States, according to an independent peer review.
Utah’s federal court will have two openings for jurists with the announcement that two veteran judges are moving to senior status. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson, 65, took senior status effective on Jan. 1. Chief Justice Ted Stewart, 65, will assume that status in September.
Pause for a moment and savor this: The population of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico grew from 75 to 83 last year. That’s nearly double the 2009 count. It’s a victory for our shared national values, which are expressed in the Endangered Species Act.