Defenders In the News
Anniversaries are often a time for balloons and confetti. Sometimes, though, it takes an anniversary to remind us of a bigger picture and more important message
Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defenders of Wildlife, warned that the wolves are facing a "genetic crisis" because there are only three breeding pairs. She said genetic diversity helps wolves adapt to changes in climate or food supply. "When you don't have a lot of diversity, you're more susceptible to various diseases," she said. "In this case, we already have scientific evidence that the Mexican wolves are having lower litter sizes, fewer pups."
Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark, who headed the Fish and Wildlife Service under President Clinton, said she was “troubled and dismayed that the Obama administration is playing politics with this [Izembek] issue.” Noting that taxpayers already provided $37.5 million in 1998 to provide the town’s 792 residents with a hovercraft and tele-medicine center to improve their access to medical treatment, Clark added, “I just hope that Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell lives up to her promise to let science drive decisions like this. Because when it comes to building a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, the science is clear: Alaska’s ‘Golden Gravel Road’ is an environmental disaster and fiscal boondoggle the American people can live without.”
New York Times - Perhaps it does not seem cause for celebration that the Oregon spotted frog, a four-inch-long amphibian that prefers the Pacific Northwest’s dwindling marshy spots, is to be considered this year for federal protection as an endangered species. Under President George W. Bush, “a lot of the management of the program was taken out of the Fish and Wildlife Service and put in hands of political appointees,” Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife and a wildlife service director under President Bill Clinton, said in an interview.
The Idaho numbers show "you can't manage wolves using conventional wisdom and assumption," said Suzanne Stone of Defenders of Wildlife in Idaho. "Using these old archaic methods of managing predators by just killing them is not working."
"If you look at their mandate, we could not have written it better for them," said Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife, who has worked with Wildlife Services employees to promote nonlethal control. "It's all about supporting wildlife conservation and promoting humane tools. "That's not what is happening on the ground," Stone said. "Unfortunately, in parts of the western United States it just seems like they are still in the Dark Ages. They go at this as a kill mission. They are at war with wildlife."
More than a dozen environmental and Native American groups are appealing a U.S. judge’s February decision to uphold a 2008 drilling lease sale that opened for exploration the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska.
Two conservation groups that have worked with the tribes, the National Wildlife Federation and Defenders of Wildlife, are seeking to intervene in the lawsuit.