Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
April 16, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Today the California Fish and Game Commission voted to delay a decision on establishing state protections for gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. If the commission votes against a state listing after the 90-day deferral, the decision could undermine recovery of the imperiled wolves in California.

April 10, 2014

Three conservation groups today announced a legal challenge to force full protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The move comes in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision last week to protect the highly imperiled bird only as “threatened” while providing special exemptions that would allow ongoing destruction of the birds and their dwindling grassland habitat.

April 8, 2014

Efforts to conserve and restore wild bison won a victory Monday when a Montana judge rejected an effort by opponents of bison restoration to classify the iconic animals as livestock instead of wildlife under state law.

April 8, 2014

Today the House Natural Resources Committee begins the latest chapter in their ongoing war to undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s premier safety net for plants, fish and wildlife on the brink of extinction, with a legislative hearing on four bills. Each of these bills is consistent with the anti-environmental report and series of anti-conservation recommendations Representative Doc Hastings and his self-appointed, partisan “ESA Working Group” issued earlier this year, which outlines an aggressive and hostile legislative strategy to weaken or even eliminate protections for imperiled wildlife.

March 31, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

More than 460,000 Americans filed official comments calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to scrap its controversial proposal to remove federal protections from the gray wolf and instead work to advance wolf recovery in the United States. A scientific peer review released in early February 2014 unanimously concluded that a federal plan to drop protections for most gray wolves was not based on the best available science.

March 31, 2014

On Friday, March 28, five federal and three tribal agencies announced that they will rewrite the 14-year-old Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) for Yellowstone’s wild bison. The IBMP sets guidelines for managing Yellowstone’s wild bison, and revision of the plan could mean putting an end to the controversial hazing and shipment of bison to slaughter program. Public involvement will be crucial in charting this new course.

March 29, 2014

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the start of Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts in the Southwestern United States. On March 29, 1998 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) released 11 Mexican gray wolves from captivity into the wild in Arizona as part of a program to reintroduce the imperiled wolves onto the landscape where they had been hunted, trapped and persecuted to near extinction. Today, these wolves, the world’s most endangered, are still fighting to survive. The Fish and Wildlife Service has suspended recovery planning and the lobos are still in grave danger.

March 27, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will list the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

March 27, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Governor “Butch” Otter has signed into law a bill authorizing a newly-created wolf control board to implement widespread wolf killing throughout the state. The wolf control board, proposed by Otter in January, is funded with an initial $400,000 from taxpayers and is charged with killing hundreds of Idaho’s wolves, driving Idaho’s current wolf population of 500-600 down to as low as 150 animals. The board is expected to receive $400,000 from taxpayers annually for the next four years.

March 19, 2014

This evening, wildlife and wilderness advocates from around the region will provide testimony to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Commission in response to their new predation management plan which would enable the agency to kill up to 60 percent of the wolves living in the Middle Fork Zone, the core of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. Tonight before the 7:00pm hearing in Boise, students from Timberline High School’s TREE Club will stage a rally outside of Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters opposing the predation management plan.