Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
May 28, 2014
Photo: Joel Sartore

Animal Planet removed a segment titled “Man- Eating Super Wolves” from its Monster Week line up this week after over 80,000 Defenders of Wildlife members and other activists contacted the station demanding the episode be immediately removed from the air.

May 27, 2014

Last week the Senate passed a California drought bill that could have devastating impacts on the state’s already-stressed endangered salmon and steelhead, migratory birds and wetlands. The bill overrides critical federal endangered species requirements and legal rulings to allow greater water exports from the Sacramento Delta to benefit powerful industrial agricultural interests.

May 20, 2014

This week members of the Montana Board of Livestock (BOL) met to determine the fate of Yellowstone’s wild bison. Today, the BOL voted unanimously to reject a joint proposal put forth by Montana’s Department of Livestock and Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to expand the tolerance zone for bison outside of Yellowstone National Park, which would enable bison to roam on as much as 421,000 acres federal, state and private lands west and north of the park.

May 15, 2014

This Saturday, Governor John Hickenlooper will sign legislation enabling the reintroduction of endangered black-footed ferrets to lands in Colorado.

May 14, 2014

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against coyote hunting in eastern North Carolina, an area inhabited by endangered red wolves.

May 12, 2014

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has just announced that it believes “OR-7,” the state’s closely tracked and much-loved “wandering wolf” may have found a mate, and that the pair could be caring for pups. OR-7 has wandered back and forth from California to Oregon several times over the past few years.

May 7, 2014

The third National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released yesterday, and reports that climate change is taking a serious toll on ecosystems and biodiversity.

April 30, 2014

Today the House Natural Resources Committee passed four bills that will undermine essential protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s premier safety net for plants, fish and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Democratic members of the Committee proposed amendments to blunt the impact of these harmful bills, but the legislation was passed along party lines without their amendments being adopted.

April 16, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Today the California Fish and Game Commission voted to delay a decision on establishing state protections for gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. If the commission votes against a state listing after the 90-day deferral, the decision could undermine recovery of the imperiled wolves in California.

April 10, 2014

Three conservation groups today announced a legal challenge to force full protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The move comes in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision last week to protect the highly imperiled bird only as “threatened” while providing special exemptions that would allow ongoing destruction of the birds and their dwindling grassland habitat.