Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
August 15, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a recovery plan that will guide restoration and protection of the ocelot populations in Arizona and Texas and in bordering Mexican states of Sonora and Tamaulipas.

August 12, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © USFWS

Today, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) voiced their support for the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup's comments on the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on revising operations of the Intake Diversion Dam on the Yellowstone River.

August 12, 2016
Sage-grouse, © Jon LeVasseur

Last night the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft resource management plan amendment for the Gunnison sage-grouse, an imperiled ground-dwelling bird found only in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Unfortunately, proposed management prescriptions in the draft fall short of the science-based measures needed to protect and recover the species on public lands.

August 9, 2016

With the critically endangered Delta smelt on the brink of extinction, Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Bay Institute today called upon the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to issue emergency regulations and release the fresh water the smelt need to survive.

August 4, 2016

Based on the policies agreed upon by the Washington Wolf Advisory Group, lethal removal of pack members is permissible, and WDFW has authorized removal in an attempt to break the cycle of wolf attacks on livestock in the area.

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.