Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
February 14, 2014

Yellowstone National Park has begun to round up and ship wild bison to slaughterhouses as they cross the park’s boundaries in search of lower snow depths outside the Park. On Wednesday, the first shipment of what will ultimately be many truckloads of bison left the Yellowstone National Park’s Stephens Creek facility for transport to a northwest Montana slaughterhouse. Another 26 were shipped to the slaughterhouse on Thursday. This capture and slaughter program, implemented by the National Park Service, is meant to keep the Yellowstone bison population below an arbitrary cap of 3,000.

February 12, 2014
Gray wolf, © Peter Thiemann

In an effort to inflate elk populations for commercial outfitters and hunters, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) hopes to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork area of central Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, according to a predator management plan for the area released this week.

February 7, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Panel members of the independent scientific peer review committee conducted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara today told the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) that the science behind the proposal to strip federal protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states was not based on the best available.

February 7, 2014
Gray wolf, © Peter Thiemann

A bill to establish a wolf control board to kill most of the wolves in the state gained traction this week in Idaho’s state legislature.

February 4, 2014
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wa.) today released a report and a set of proposals that would radically change the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works, severely curtailing the act’s ability to protect the nation’s most imperiled species.

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.