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October 15, 2013

In a move to protect wildlife and human health, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late last week signed legislation banning lead ammunition. The move, cheered by wildlife groups and public health advocates, makes the Golden State the first to enact a statewide ban on the ammunition, which is blamed for the deaths of endangered California condors, golden eagles and more than 100 other bird species.

October 2, 2013

Ten years ago, the idea of gray wolves in California was a faraway dream. At the time, there were fewer than 1,000 wolves across the entire Western United States – most of them safely tucked away in the forests of central Idaho, northwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Since then we’ve seen wolves reclaim more of their former habitat. At the end of last year, there were nearly 2,000 wolves in the West, including almost 100 wolves in the eastern portions of Washington and Oregon. Read more here:

August 21, 2013

Often at odds, the federal government and Texas came together last year to rescue the dunes sagebrush lizard from the brink of extinction. But the deal, held up as a model of cooperation, may do more to shield energy companies from scrutiny than to protect the imperiled reptile dwelling in the West Texas oil patch.

August 20, 2013

Texas has failed to report impacts from oil and gas development on the dunes sagebrush lizard, a violation of the habitat conservation plan the state signed with the Interior Department to keep the reptile off the endangered species list, according to a new report from Defenders of Wildlife.

August 15, 2013

Ecologists on Catalina Island are putting down their birth control guns for the first time in two years and letting the non-native bison replenish their herd. The massive mammals living out-of-place on the island off Southern California are the only wild herd being managed with contraception and the decision to stop the injections is as much an experiment as the animal's living there in the first place. This year, 10 females are forgoing their doses so ecologists can test the injection’s reversibility, and welcome baby bison to the island.

August 13, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday took the unusual step of suspending the scientific peer review of its proposal to remove wolves from the endangered species list, saying the process did not meet the agency’s standards.

July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON -- The federal government moved Wednesday to protect the ocean habitat of loggerhead turtles, listed since 1978 in some places as an endangered species because of threats from pollution, injury caused by fishing gear and loss of nesting beaches. The draft proposal from the National Marine Fisheries Service would put in place critical habitat protections in waters offshore of Southeastern nesting beaches, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

July 16, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the killing of a female Mexican gray wolf that had been denning with pups in New Mexico. The animal, known as F1108, was found in late June shot to death, authorities said. Her pups were assumed to be dead.

July 13, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The effort to return the endangered Mexican gray wolf to the American Southwest has hit another stumbling block. Federal and state wildlife officials confirmed Friday that a female wolf that was released into the wild in early May was found dead just one month later in southwestern New Mexico.

June 10, 2013

But Jamie Rappaport Clark, former director of the Fish and Wildlife Service and now president of Defenders of Wildlife, said she feared that removing protections would lead to open season on wolves. "We believe strongly that the social intolerance to wolves would obligate the Fish and Wildlife Service to give them cover for awhile longer," Clark said.