Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
March 1, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) agreed to complete a final recovery plan for the giant garter snake by September 29, 2017.

March 1, 2016
Gray Wolf, © Bruce Faanes

Oregon’s emphasis on proactive and nonlethal wolf management has helped allow the state’s small wolf population to increase by 36 percent this year, according to the annual population count released this week.

February 26, 2016
elephants, © Marta Elmasry

House votes on SHARE ACT, includes anti-wildlife riders

February 18, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

Today, the Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) released the official annual count of endangered Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The numbers this year are down, from 110 wolves at the end of 2014 to 97 wolves at the end of 2015.

February 12, 2016

State and federal agencies today approved the Montanore copper-silver mine proposed underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest.

February 12, 2016
white house, © Cezary P.

Today, as one of his first public lands initiatives of his final year in office, President Obama announced the designation of the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains as the nation’s newest national monuments. This act will conserve 1.8 million acres of California’s most ecologically important and scenic areas for generations to come.

February 11, 2016

Today, the final four militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon surrendered to federal authorities, bringing the illegal takeover of the refuge to an end.

February 9, 2016

Proposed Rule Improves on 50-Year Old Regulations for Managing Oil and Gas Development on National Wildlife Refuges

February 9, 2016
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

President Obama releases budget request for sage grouse, climate funding

February 9, 2016
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

Two bills pertaining to wolf management in Oregon gained traction this week in Oregon’s legislature after meeting several procedural requirements. The first bill would increase penalties for poaching a wolf, while the second would legislatively delist wolves from the state endangered species act.