Defenders In the News
State wildlife officials said Monday they believe a gray wolf has been roaming the wilds of Northern California. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said one of several cameras set up in Siskiyou County captured an image in May of what may have been a wolf but that DNA testing on feces collected in the area was inconclusive. Official set up remote trail cameras after receiving reports earlier this year of a large, dark-colored canid, an animal from the family that includes wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals and dogs.
Due to a lack of U.S. protections for lions and limited penalties for breaking wildlife laws, experts believe it will be difficult for U.S. authorities to punish or extradite the American hunter who killed Zimbabwe's famous lion.
Wyoming’s gray wolves are back on the protected list of the Endangered Species Act after a federal judge ruled that the state’s management plan for the species was inadequate.
Americans strongly back the Endangered Species Act and don't like it when lawmakers decide which species are protected under the law, according to an online poll released today by conservation groups.
SARASOTA, Fla. – The public is invited to weigh in on the future of the Florida panther at a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission this afternoon in Sarasota.
A long-awaited study on wild bison weighs restoring the burly animals to public, tribal or private lands in Montana more than a century after they were driven to near-extinction. But the 170-page draft study released Thursday by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks steers clear of the crucial question of where bison restoration work will occur.
Surrounded by red rock, an hour’s drive north of iconic Zion National Park, Cedar City, Utah, has more than doubled its population since 1990. The town transformed from a quiet ranching community to an up-and-coming hotspot for retirees and outdoors enthusiasts. But the growth hasn’t just been for people. Utah prairie dogs, which live only in this region, numbered just a few thousand animals in the early 1970s due to trapping, poisoning and disease, which earned them full protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Today, there are roughly 40,000 prairie dogs, and the rodents have been upgraded to threatened status.
This summer the federal government plans to release Mexican gray wolf pups bred in captivity directly into New Mexico for the first time – part of what it says is an effort to encourage the endangered lobo’s recovery – if the state grants permission. Wolves have been bred in captivity in New Mexico for years but then released in Arizona, where some eventually were captured for one of various reasons and then relocated to New Mexico. But a new management rule that took effect in February permits the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to introduce “new” wolves, or those bred in captivity, directly into the New Mexico wild – a critical step, advocates say, toward improving the genetics of the population.
A Philadelphia jurist’s nomination for a federal appeals court is moving forward now that Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has given his endorsement and the Senate Judiciary Committee has finished vetting Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, who serves on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania bench. Democrats have been relentlessly pressuring Mr. Toomey to sign off on the the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals nomination, but he held firm. Initially he dodged questions about why he was withholding the blue slip of paper signifying his formal endorsement. However, he later said in a Post-Gazette op-ed piece that he would wait until the Judiciary Committee finished its background investigation.
Greater sage grouse feathers stick in the craws of Utah politicians. U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop is raising the specter that efforts to protect the lowly, but threatened, bird will endanger military training operations. Defense Department leaders say that’s a nonstarter. But last week, Bishop still amended an annual defense bill barring the listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act for a decade — just in case.