Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
August 3, 2015

Today President Obama announced the centerpiece of his groundbreaking climate change strategy, the Clean Power Plan (CCP).

July 30, 2015

Defenders shares in the world’s horror and outrage at the killing of Cecil the lion. African lions have declined by forty-two percent in the last 21 years, making the loss of even one lion tragic. But losing a lion like Cecil, a breeding male who was such a strong ambassador for the species, is especially devastating.

July 25, 2015
Elephant, © Bailey Woolfstead

President Obama has announced new regulations for preventing the importation and sale of illegal ivory within the United States.

July 22, 2015
Gray wolf, © Michael Quinton, National Geographic Stock

The President of Defenders of Wildlife today commended Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for prioritizing the use of nonlethal management tools to put an end to the livestock-wolf conflict involving the Dirty Shirt pack reported earlier in July in Northeastern Washington.

July 16, 2015
Dry riverbed, © NOAA

Today the House passed a cynically named “drought relief” bill that will have devastating impacts on imperiled wildlife while failing to offer long-term solutions to the mega-drought in California. The bill, introduced by Rep. Valadao (R-CA) undermines endangered species protections and state and federal environmental laws in a supposed effort to make more non-existent water available.

July 13, 2015

Conservation groups have reached an agreement with the First Solar, Inc. to provide additional conservation protections to wild lands and wildlife as part of construction of the California Flats Solar Project, a proposed 280-megawatt solar energy project in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.

July 10, 2015

Today the Obama administration announced the designation of three new national monuments, including a new monument in northern California, Berryessa Snow Mountain. The Berryessa Snow Mountain region of northern California’s Inner Coast Ranges is home to a wide variety of California wildlife, including mountain lions, bears, deer, osprey, native trout, bald eagles and elusive Pacific fishers. In 2012 California lawmakers first introduced a bill that would designate the region as a National Conservation Area. In December 2014, the Obama administration received more than 80,000 public comments supporting the permanent protection of Berryessa Snow Mountain, and today it acted.

July 9, 2015

Today the House passed a so-called forest “reform” bill (H.R. 2647) that would bulldoze bedrock environmental laws to pave the way for dramatic increases in logging in forests across America. This extreme bill turns back the clock 50 years on forest management and puts our nation’s forests at risk by green-lighting reckless logging practices, damaging vital wildlife habitat, short-cutting critical environmental review, and limiting public involvement in forest management decisions.

July 7, 2015

A robust majority of Americans supports the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to uphold environmental safeguards, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. These poll results arrive as the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Department of the Interior spending bill which includes more than 25 anti-environmental “riders”, including political attacks that undermine the Endangered Species Act and block vital species protections.

June 30, 2015
red wolf, © B. Bartel/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (The Service) announced today that it will suspend proactive efforts to recover the only remaining wild population of 50-75 red wolves, which includes an immediate stop to its wolf reintroduction program.