Press Releases

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

September 10, 2013

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).

September 5, 2013

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

September 4, 2013

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.