Defenders In the News
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.
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.
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.
“So much for corporate responsibility,” said Jason Rylander, senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife. “Now that both EPA and the state of California have moved to curb the use of d-Con and other risky poisons, Reckitt Benckiser needs to do the right thing and stop fighting these common-sense measures to stop accidental poisonings.”
Nearly 20 years ago, I served on the team that carefully captured and released the first wolves in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Though this reintroduction effort was heralded internationally as a significant American achievement in the recovery of endangered species, we’re in a far different place today, and especially in Idaho.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering new rules for managing the development of private, state or tribally owned mineral interests within the national refuge system, prompting concerns from officials in Alaska who say it flies in the face of existing laws.
VENUS — In a move that has never been tried before by the federal government, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials want to pay big landowners to maintain their property as good panther habitat.
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.