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WASHINGTON (March 16, 2011) – Rep. Joe Baca of San Bernardino County, Calif., introduced a bill (H.R. 1042) on March 11 that would set an arbitrary expiration date of 15 years for protecting rare, hard-to-study endangered species. Baca uses the scarcity of one species, the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly, as an excuse for rewriting parts of the Endangered Species Act.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (March 11, 2011) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery 2010 Interagency Annual Report today, which includes the latest wolf population estimates as well as a summary of annual livestock losses to wolves.
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has decided to take no action in response to the state’s proposal to kill wolves in on Unimak Island, a unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The following is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife Alaska Representative Theresa Fiorino in response to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision.
As congressional debate keeps the federal government funded for two weeks at a time, a coalition of conservation organizations is calling on the U.S. Senate to resist the assault on public health and economic growth passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and turn its attention toward adopting a far-sighted vision for investing in public lands and natural resources in fiscal year 2012.
A diverse coalition of Alaska Native, tourism industry, and environmental organizations celebrated a decision by a federal district judge in Anchorage on Friday, March 4, which reinstates roadless rule protections for the Tongass National Forest, America’s great temperate rainforest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2011) – In the latest effort to strip federal endangered species protections from gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, a Continuing Budget Resolution to fund federal government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year was unveiled in the Senate today. The provision directs the Secretary of the Interior to reissue the 2009 delisting rule, which was struck down in 2010 by a federal district court, and would insulate the reissued rule from further judicial review.
Defenders of Wildlife is excited and honored to be chosen as a winner in the Environment & Wildlife category of the Members Project program from American Express.
WASHINGTON D.C. (March 1, 2011) – Today, a coalition of wildlife groups—International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI), Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife—filed a petition with the Department of Interior to list African lions as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The following is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen in response to the passage of the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer announced yesterday that ranchers in the state will be allowed to kill wolves without fear of prosecution from state game wardens.