Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
July 7, 2015

A robust majority of Americans supports the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to uphold environmental safeguards, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. These poll results arrive as the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Department of the Interior spending bill which includes more than 25 anti-environmental “riders”, including political attacks that undermine the Endangered Species Act and block vital species protections.

June 30, 2015
red wolf, © B. Bartel/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (The Service) announced today that it will suspend proactive efforts to recover the only remaining wild population of 50-75 red wolves, which includes an immediate stop to its wolf reintroduction program.

June 26, 2015

“Congressmen Pearce and Gosar have introduced a death sentence for the Mexican gray wolf in their latest legislative proposal. Their bill (HR2910), introduced yesterday, would remove Endangered Species Act protections for the Mexican gray wolf. This is the most endangered population of wolves in the country, yet these representatives have made it their mission to force it into extinction.

June 25, 2015
Dry riverbed, © NOAA

Today Representative Valadao (R-CA) introduced a so-called drought relief bill that could have devastating impacts on California’s rapidly-dwindling wetlands and imperiled wildlife, especially salmon and migratory birds. The bill overrides critical federal endangered species protections and undermines environmental laws under the guise of making more water available for consumption.

June 23, 2015

Conservation groups outraged by death of red wolf mother.

June 18, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a Department of the Interior appropriations bill riddled with anti-environmental amendments.

June 17, 2015

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced the SAFE Act today.

June 16, 2015

The just-completed House Interior appropriations bill includes a number of anti-wildlife riders.

June 11, 2015

Montana wildlife officials today announced the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement to establish guidelines for when, where and how wild bison can be restored across Montana. When completed, this statewide bison management plan will guide future bison restoration in the state.

June 9, 2015

The House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations has sent its markup for the Department of the Interior appropriations bill to the House floor.