Defenders In the News
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) believes changes are necessary in regulations covering oil and gas activity within federal wildlife refuges, an FWS official told a US House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee. Three other witnesses representing producers with such operations strongly disagreed, while another from an environmental group called for stricter requirements.
State livestock officials on Tuesday again declined to act on a plan to give wild bison from Yellowstone National Park more room to roam in parts of Montana, leaving the future of the proposal in doubt. Montana Board of Livestock members voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone action on a proposal from the state that would ease restrictions on Yellowstone bison that enter Montana.
The Forest Service is evaluating changes in the way it manages the nation's largest grassland in western North Dakota as part of an effort conservation leaders say is long overdue to save the greater sage grouse and its dwindling habitat.
With a flourish of his pen and the exclamation, “Now that’s a law,” Gov. John Hickenlooper paved the way for the reintroduction of the endangered black-footed ferret to northern Larimer County on Saturday in Fort Collins. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that will allow the prairie dog-eating carnivores to return to Soapstone Prairie, a natural area owned by the city of Fort Collins.
The Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council is extending the deadline for livestock producers to submit applications to receive payments for wolf presence under the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Plan. The previous May 1 deadline has been extended to June 2 to accommodate additional livestock producers desiring to apply.
The International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) passed a strongly worded resolution urging Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to stop the high rates of bycatch of endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles in commercial fisheries operating in the Gulf of Ulloa, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles from the nearest land, responders were left to cope with a search area of nearly 40,000 square miles, as well as wind and currents that kept evidence of damage away from the more easily searchable coastline.
Projects to benefit the Indian River Lagoon system and Lake Okeechobee could receive more than $230 million in the budget approved by the Florida Legislature. But environmental advocates monitoring the session say measures to protect and restore Florida’s springs and conserve additional public land didn’t fare as well.
A new federal report appears to bolster the long-held position of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and other Western leaders that a federal endangered listing of the greater sage grouse could impede voluntary partnerships with ranchers and other landowners that are viewed as key to restoring the bird and its dwindling habitat.
As a coyote howled in the distance, the rolling, scrubby plains of the Cimarron Bluff Wildlife Management Area in rural Harper County turned into what state biologist Larry Wiemers could only describe as nature’s version of the biker bar.