Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
November 24, 2014

A deadline for expanding critical habitat protections for the North Atlantic right whale has been set in response to a legal settlement agreement.

November 21, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today confirmed that the wolf-like animal seen near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab National Forest earlier this month is in fact a gray wolf. The wolf has been identified through DNA analysis of scat as a female gray wolf from the Rocky Mountains. The Service will begin the process of comparing the DNA to that of known wolves in the Rockies. According to the Service this wolf traveled at least 450 miles to reach suitable habitat in the Grand Canyon region. Gray wolves are currently federally protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in Arizona.

November 21, 2014

Yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in California denied an application for a large scale solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley near Death Valley National Park – a decision that results in the continued protection of thousands of acres of important desert land habitat for imperiled wildlife including desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and migratory birds.

November 20, 2014

The Wildlife Management Institute has released its report on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program.

November 19, 2014

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) today announced the introduction of the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act. This bill strives to bring accountability to polluters, while protecting jobs and re-investing in critical priorities like climate change adaptation and mitigation.

November 17, 2014

The State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released recommendations for climate change preparation.

November 17, 2014
Dry riverbed, © NOAA

As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought.

November 14, 2014
Wolf, © Larry Travis

Conservation groups are offering a reward for information about the illegal killing of the breeding female wolf of the Teanaway pack.

November 14, 2014

Governor Bullock announced a proposal to end a stalemate over bison management in Yellowstone National Park.

November 13, 2014
Gray wolves, © Jeffrey Vest

Defenders of Wildlife will ask the courts to reverse a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision granting a permit for an Idaho anti-wolf group to hold a predator killing contest annually over the next five years on over 3 million acres of public land in eastern Idaho.