Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
February 3, 2014
President's Council, original wildlife photograph by Joel Sartore

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) recently released a new wolf management protocol that will remove important safeguards for recovering wolf packs in the state. Today, Defenders of Wildlife sent Governor Inslee a letter requesting that he work with WDFW to rescind this protocol until the WDFW’s stakeholder Wolf Advisory Group and the public have an opportunity to provide further input on this matter.

January 31, 2014

Today, the Fish and Wildlife Service released the official annual count of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. This year’s count tallied 83 wolves, an increase of only eight individuals from the 2012 year-end population of 75 wolves.

January 29, 2014

President Obama made a strong commitment to addressing climate change in his 2014 State of the Union address.

January 28, 2014

Farm Bill conferees have released a conference report that includes several major victories for wildlife and natural resource conservation efforts. Environmentalists are touting the bill as a dramatic improvement over the previous House version. The compromise bill is expected to be brought to the House floor this week.

January 28, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Late Monday night, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) announced an end to their wolf extermination program in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, this after Defenders and other conservation groups took the issue to federal court earlier this month.

January 18, 2014

Conservationists have taken their effort to halt a wilderness wolf-killing program to the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after a federal judge in Idaho rejected their request to stop the unprecedented program Friday afternoon.

January 15, 2014

California Representative George Miller, a longtime champion of America’s environment and natural resources, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. During his 40-year career on Capitol Hill, Rep. Miller, former chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, became known as one of the country’s most crucial advocates of conservation.

January 15, 2014

U.S. Representative Jim Moran announced today that he will retire after two decades as Congressman for the eighth district in the state of Virginia.

January 7, 2014

A coalition of conservationists, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, today asked a federal judge in Idaho to halt an unprecedented program by the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to exterminate two wolf packs deep within the largest forested wilderness area in the lower-48 states.

December 23, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell blocked a proposed road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge today.