Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
October 11, 2013

Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation into law that will require hunters to use non-lead ammunition, to be phased in by 2019. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, and Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will eliminate what nationally-renowned scientists say is the number one source of unregulated lead left in our environment.

October 10, 2013

The Obama administration has announced that it will allow states to open national parks that have been closed due to the shutdown.

October 1, 2013

A statement on the government shutdown from Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark.

September 27, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list red knots, small migratory shorebirds, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

September 27, 2013

The IPCC released its 2013 report today, which found with 95 percent certainty that human activity is the primary cause of climate change.

September 26, 2013

It appears that tragedy has struck America’s imperiled population of Mexican gray wolves once again. Just two months after alpha female 1108 was shot and killed, and another female died during “routine management” in August, Defenders of Wildlife has learned that what is believed to be a Mexican gray wolf was found dead in New Mexico. Law enforcement is investigating what is likely to be determined an illegal killing.

September 25, 2013

The lesser prairie-chicken, one of the country’s iconic grasslands birds, has suffered a sharp decline in population numbers over the past year, according to a report released by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The report comes on the heels of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s July announcement of a six-month delay on a decision to list the imperiled bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

September 24, 2013

Defenders names Rockies and Plains Representative Jonathan Proctor as new regional program director. He will move regional headquarters to Denver next month.

September 20, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new requirements for coal-burning power plants to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

September 18, 2013

New poll shows that most residents of California, Oregon and Washington believe wolves should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.