Defenders In the News
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to the Mojave Desert this September to announce a multi-agency effort to boost renewable energy development in the desert. But first, she had to go on a hike. “We went out into the Big Morongo (Canyon) Preserve,” she told reporters. “Fifteen, 20 minutes from here, there are wetlands. Wetlands, and 254 different bird species. Who knew?”
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to California's Mojave Desert this September to announce a multi-agency effort to boost renewable energy development in the desert. But first, she had to go on a hike.
In what is reported to be the first "depredation event" of the season, this morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that two sheep were confirmed to be killed by wolves in the mountains east of Ketchum.
The draft of a sweeping new plan to guide renewable energy development in the Southern California desert has met with mostly positive reviews from conservation groups that have long argued that properly siting commercial-scale projects should be a priority.
Wyoming wolves are back under federal projection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected a Wyoming wolf-management plan that had declared wolves unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. Her ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming’s management plan afforded insufficient protection for wolves.
Conservation groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore Endangered Species Act protections for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, which the agency delisted in 2006.
The battered white pickup truck is bouncing across a pasture of sagebrush and alfalfa when Bronc Speak Thunder turns the steering wheel east and points to the far side of a creek bed. Scattered across a grassy slope are what appear to be a field of brown boulders -- until they rise onto furry black legs and turn their shaggy heads in our direction.
This summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took the unprecedented step of listing 20 species of stony corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This decision represents a tenfold increase in the number of corals with ESA protections; previously only two corals – the elkhorn and staghorn corals – were considered threatened.
If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had done its job, it wouldn't be facing another lawsuit over the Mexican gray wolf recovery effort. Maybe you can't expect bureaucrats to leap into a cauldron of controversy. After all, past efforts to update a 32-year-old recovery plan for the wolves were met with strong opposition from those who do not support reintroduction.
Conservation groups plan to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service over the recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, arguing that the agency does not have an adequate road map to help the species survive. The wolf was nearly wiped out in the early 1970s, prompting efforts to rebuild the population. Today, about 83 live in the wild.