Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
April 22, 2016
Rhino, © Susan Wade

Colorado House passes anti-wildlife trafficking bill

April 14, 2016

A new assessment released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today finds that implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon (NFIP) is jeopardizing salmon, steelhead and southern resident orca, and adversely affecting other threatened and endangered wildlife species by incentivizing development in floodplains.

April 14, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) declined to list the Pacific fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

April 5, 2016

A coalition of 57 conservation, public-health, research and wildlife-rehabilitation groups, the cities of Malibu and Richmond, Marin County and more than 45,000 people have called for prohibitions on the most toxic rat and mouse poisons because of the unnecessary risk to children, pets and wildlife. The coalition will hold a rally today at the state Capitol in Sacramento at 12:30 p.m. urging support for Assembly Bill 2596, introduced by California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and calling for an end to the misuse of toxic rodenticides. A.B. 2596 would restrict the most dangerous rodenticides that have been linked to the poisoning of people and animals in cities and communities across California.

April 4, 2016

In response to a legal petition filed by Defenders of Wildlife, a district court in Montana announced today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) must reevaluate what level of protection is warranted for the rare wolverine, withdrawing it 2014 decision not to list the species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

April 4, 2016

Defenders of Wildlife is proud to announce that Bryan Bird has joined Defenders of Wildlife as the Southwest program director in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bryan comes to Defenders with 23 years of experience in wildlife conservation in the American Southwest. He brings a wealth of federal land policy and planning experience to Defenders and is well known as a valued conservation partner.

March 31, 2016
Wolf, © David Bolin

Defenders of Wildlife released the following statement in response to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s announcement today that it lethally removed four members of the Imnaha wolf pack in northeastern Oregon.

March 28, 2016
Tongass National Forest, © Corey Case/USFS

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a last‐ditch effort by the State of Alaska to exempt America’s largest national forest from a national rule protecting undeveloped, road‐free national forest areas from logging and road construction. The State sought to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in effect in the vast Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal District Court in Alaska that the Bush administration improperly exempted the Tongass from that landmark conservation measure.

March 23, 2016
Grand Teton NP, © Kari Funk

Conservationists today filed a legal challenge to the National Park Service’s decision to reverse a long-standing agency policy by giving the State of Wyoming wildlife management authority on private and state inholdings inside Grand Teton National Park. The decision has already led to the killing of bison within park boundaries and exposes a host of park wildlife, including coyotes and foxes, to unregulated killing as vermin under state law.

March 22, 2016

Defenders of Wildlife, The Sierra Club and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society brought a lawsuit in California state superior court yesterday to set aside the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)’s Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the Panoche Valley Solar Project. The Panoche Valley Solar Project is owned by Renewable Energy Trust and ConEdison Development Company, an unregulated subsidiary of the New York utility, Consolidated Edison. The case concerns a massive development project in an irreplaceable area of significant ecological importance critical to the survival and recovery of highly endangered species, including the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and the giant kangaroo rat. The conservation partners are asking the court to set aside the permit, because CDFW violated both California’s Endangered Species Act and the state’s fully protected species laws when it issued a permit for a project that would harm blunt-nosed leopard lizards as well as harm almost 1,000 giant kangaroo rats, a species that has declined drastically over the last few years.