Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
June 10, 2014

Animal protection and wildlife conservation groups, along with individual hunters and sportsmen, have petitioned the Department of the Interior to require the use of non-lead ammunition when discharging a firearm on the more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feeding on lead-contaminated prey.

June 4, 2014
OR-7 pups; Photo: USFWS

Today the California Fish and Game Commission voted to establish state protections for gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act after delaying the decision at an April hearing. Wolves have historically thrived in the California and with recent discussions by scientists and stakeholders about the imminent return of gray wolves to the Golden State, the commission has taken advance steps to protect the endangered species within state boundaries. The decision comes on the same day that wildlife biologists have confirmed that a new wolf pack is forming in Oregon near the California border.

June 2, 2014
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore

A new advertising campaign pressuring Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter to end his statewide war on gray wolves was launched today by Defenders of Wildlife.

June 2, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new regulation that would cut emissions from the over 600 power plants in the United States.

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.