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Important legislation requiring the use of non-lead ammunition for hunting today passed the California State Senate by a wide margin. Assembly Bill 711, authored by Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), was approved by a vote of 23-15. The bill was managed on the Senate floor by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance).
Defenders will end compensation for losses to grizzly bears in Montana and will instead invest its resources in tools that allow people and wildlife to safely coexist
Vast majorities in both Arizona and New Mexico strongly support continued efforts to restore Mexican gray wolves to the American southwest, according to a new poll released by Defenders of Wildlife. The poll comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering new proposals that would hamper Mexican gray wolf recovery and scheduling regional hearings to obtain public input on the proposal.
USFWS announces that it will not host public hearings in Colorado, Oregon or Washington to take comment on premature delisting proposal
Sally Jewell makes her first trip to Alaska as Secretary of the Interior this week, and will visit some of the state’s most wild and special places, including the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The secretary will likely make an announcement by year’s end that will determine the fate of this and other of Alaska’s irreplaceable wilderness lands, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is continuing to push the proposal to build a costly, unnecessary road that would bisect the biological heart of Izembek.
Thirty-four genetically pure, disease-free Yellowstone bison were transported within Montana from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to Fort Belknap Indian Reservation yesterday. These animals will start a new cultural bison herd on tribal lands – the second herd of bison from Yellowstone National Park to be restored to the Great Plains. Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife has fenced 900 acres as a temporary “surveillance pasture” for the bison, and will eventually move the bison herd into the 22,000 acre tribal bison range to slowly grow the herd for conservation, subsistence and ceremonial purposes. Within a decade and with additional bison range expansions, as many as 1,000 genetically pure bison may once again roam the rolling prairies of north-central Montana.
Adding to a string of recent state and federal governmental transparency issues, the Texas Comptroller’s Office finds itself at the center of a scandal involving a highly criticized state plan that ostensibly is designed to conserve the imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relied heavily on this plan in its decision to not list the lizard under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A report published by Defenders of Wildlife following an investigation into oil and gas development on lizard habitat reveals a case of negligent monitoring, self-reporting, conflicts of interest and secrecy surrounding mitigation money.
Sea otters should be allowed to naturally expand their habitat into the waters of Southern California, which they occupied prior to being almost exterminated for the fur trade. The Humane Society of the United States and Defenders of Wildlife, along with Friends of the Sea Otter and the Center for Biological Diversity, filed to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of the animals. The groups seek to defend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s halt to a failed policy of trying to capture sea otters from the so-called ‘no-otter zone’ in Southern California and translocate them to other areas.
USFWS puts the brakes on peer review of science underlying premature delisting proposal of gray wolves nationwide
The National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to review the impact of commercial fishing operations on endangered whales and issue new rules.