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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.

June 10, 2014

On June 4, after a two year dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a coalition of conservation organizations and fishing groups, an agreement was finally reached to set reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon from five harmful insecticides: diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methomyl.

June 4, 2014

Seattle, WA — A coalition of advocates for alternatives to pesticides, conservation organizations, and fishing groups have reached a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement restores reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon and steelhead from five broad-spectrum insect killers – diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methomyl.

June 3, 2014

Conservation and food safety groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to protect endangered species from a new, toxic pesticide called cyantraniliprole. EPA risked far-reaching harm to both aquatic and terrestrial species by approving the widespread use of this new pesticide in January without input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries services.

June 3, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

A national wildlife conservation group is taking aim at Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's wolf policy. In a two-week ad campaign, Defenders of Wildlife hopes to reach out to Idaho voters and political leaders to rethink what the organization is calling a "statewide war on gray wolves." The radio ads, which feature Idahoans expressing concern about the state's wolf population, will air in the Boise and Spokane media markets over the next two weeks.

June 2, 2014

Although Florida lawmakers had more than a $1.2 billion surplus to use in the new state budget, environmental groups say the 2014 Legislature shorted conservation efforts in several critical areas, including the protection and restoration of state springs.

May 30, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Wolves have been facing a barrage of undue negative publicity lately, from being stripped of federal protection to being prized in glorified wolf-hunting derbies to being victims of state bills that fund their widespread killing under the guise of “management.” In the latest affront to these creatures, Animal Planet featured a segment called “Man-Eating Super Wolves” during their Monster Week line up, prompting sharp public criticism. Defenders of Wildlife and other concerned citizens called on the television station to immediately remove the program from the air.

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