Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
January 20, 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) have declared 2015 the hottest year on record, measuring 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

January 14, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission denied Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch the opportunity to maintain an active role in Mexican gray wolf recovery when it refused the ranch’s appeal for a permit to hold Mexican gray wolves on Ladder Ranch.

January 14, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) announced this week it will proceed with a plan to relocate some of Yellowstone’s bison to tribal and public lands for restoration, a much needed alternative to the highly contentious program of shipment to slaughter currently employed by NPS to reduce bison population numbers each winter.

January 13, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

DENVER – Today, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission passed a resolution that bans the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves statewide.

January 12, 2016
Ensatina salamander, © Tiffany Yap

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has taken emergency precautionary action to stem the spread of a deadly fungal disease that could potentially wipe out the almost 200 salamander species native to the United States

January 11, 2016

In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Northern Rockies fisher, a rare and vanishing species, may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

January 7, 2016
Manatee, © Jan Reyniers

FWS has proposed to downlist the Florida manatee.

January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, an armed group of anti-government extremists began a hostile takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

December 23, 2015

This week, Governor Bullock announced plans to move ahead with a proposal to expand year round habitat available to foraging bison directly outside Yellowstone National Park, breaking decades of stalemate on the issue.

December 16, 2015

A deal on a new omnibus funding bill has been reached, with House and Senate approval expected in the next few days.