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July 29, 2014

Earlier this year, Representative Doc Hastings, a powerful foe of wildlife conservation and Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, launched a horribly biased and slanted attack on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It began with the release of a report and set of ESA "reform" proposals prepared by a highly partisan "committee" formed by Hastings, with support from like-minded anti-ESA members of the House.

July 14, 2014
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

An environmental group is contending that Wyoming's groundbreaking strategy implemented six years ago to protect critical greater sage grouse habitat has too many loopholes that allow for oil and gas and other development to affect core areas, and must be strengthened if the bird is to survive.

July 10, 2014

The U.S. government should be cautious about adopting the state of Wyoming’s strategy for protecting the greater sage grouse—a grassland bird at the center of a national controversy—conservationists argue in a report scheduled to be released tomorrow.

July 8, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

Conservation groups that have been highly critical of federal efforts to protect the imperiled greater sage grouse offered faint praise for a new Forest Service proposal to protect a subpopulation in and around the largest national forest in the continental United States.

July 7, 2014

The federal government today listed four key populations of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for the first time in history, gave a shark species federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.

June 11, 2014
Forest Mountain Stream, © Warren Sander

They say you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. It’s true. We all take things for granted in life. We spend too much time wanting and pursuing, and we fail to see what’s there right in front of our eyes.

June 19, 2014
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the federal government to more aggressively protect the lesser prairie chicken.

June 17, 2014

BLAINE COUNTY -- This year Idaho will spend $400,000 to reduce its wolf population.A group of conservationists in Blaine County believe they have the non-lethal answer to the issue that will satisfy ranchers and wildlife advocates.

June 17, 2014

Last week, Defenders and our allies chalked up another courtroom victory – this time, to protect endangered salmon and steelhead from five deadly pesticides in the Pacific Northwest. Although the five pesticides – carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion, and methomyl – were designed to kill insects, they either end up killing the endangered fish, destroying their habitat, inhibiting their reproduction, or killing the insects the fish prey on to survive.

June 16, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

There has been little, if any compromise, to date in Idaho's raging debate over wolves—opponents are quick to point to more than 4,000 sheep and nearly 2,000 cattle reportedly killed by wolves in the past quarter century while proponents want to remind us that more than 2,000 wolves have been killed by humans in the same period of time.

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