Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
March 16, 2016
US Capitol Building, © Architect of the Capitol

Defenders of Wildlife Calls on Senate to Consider Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

March 16, 2016

Eight members of Congress will be recognized today by leading national conservation groups for their critical role in protecting the Endangered Species Act.

March 9, 2016
Gunnison sage-grouse,  © Joel Sartore

A new poll released at the fourth Gunnison Sage-Grouse Summit today shows that a majority of voters (66 percent) from across the political spectrum who live in the heart of the Gunnison sage-grouse range support protecting the iconic bird as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) until they are fully recovered. By a margin of more than 3-to-1, two-thirds (67 percent) of voters in the four-county area believe listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the ESA has encouraged local efforts to conserve these iconic birds.

March 3, 2016
Grizzly Bear, © Tom Mangelsen

Defenders of Wildlife is closely reviewing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal announced today to delist the population of grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem under the Endangered Species Act and assessing the extent to which long-standing threats to the population have been adequately addressed.

March 3, 2016
wolf pups, © Larry Travis

A bill that would legislatively delist wolves – and open the door for the legislature to make politically driven decisions about the fate of imperiled animals across Oregon -- was passed yesterday evening by the Oregon legislature and will now go to Governor Brown for her consideration.

March 1, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) agreed to complete a final recovery plan for the giant garter snake by September 29, 2017.

March 1, 2016
Gray Wolf, © Bruce Faanes

Oregon’s emphasis on proactive and nonlethal wolf management has helped allow the state’s small wolf population to increase by 36 percent this year, according to the annual population count released this week.

February 26, 2016
elephants, © Marta Elmasry

House votes on SHARE ACT, includes anti-wildlife riders

February 18, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

Today, the Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) released the official annual count of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The numbers this year are down, from 110 wolves at the end of 2014 to 97 wolves at the end of 2015.

February 12, 2016

State and federal agencies today approved the Montanore copper-silver mine proposed underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest.