Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
August 3, 2016
Grizzly and cubs, © Jim Chagares

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) posted a final rule today prohibiting Alaska from applying its “predator control” program to National Wildlife Refuge System lands in the state.

August 2, 2016

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released long-awaited final guidance that will significantly improve environmental decision-making across the country. This new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance directs federal agencies on how and when to consider greenhouse gas emissions in planning processes, and just as importantly, how to account for cumulative effects of climate change and management alternatives on wildlife, water and other natural resources.

July 22, 2016
Vaquita, © Raziel Levi Mendez Moreno

Defenders of Wildlife welcomed news today that the United States and Mexico agreed to take bilateral action to protect the vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus).

July 19, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fulfilled a court ruling and vacated its Endangered Species Act listing decision for the lesser prairie-chicken.

July 14, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © Wolf Conservation Center

FY 2017 House Interior bill is weighed down with anti-wildlife riders.

June 23, 2016

NC legislature has approved a bill that would request that FWS end red wolf recovery in North Carolina, despite the wolf’s endangered status.

June 15, 2016

The House Appropriations Committee FY 2017 bill for the Interior and other agencies is riddled with riders that harm our lands and wildlife.

June 14, 2016

Draft 2016 Interior approps bill is rife with anti-wildlife riders.

June 10, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

Today, a federal district judge granted New Mexico a preliminary injunction in the state’s case against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, forcing the agency to forgo critically needed releases of Mexican gray wolves.

June 6, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

Defenders of Wildlife, the Center of Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) in federal court today, arguing that the state of New Mexico had no authority to block the release of Mexican gray wolf adults and pups into the wild.