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Today Governor Brown signed a bill into law that will renew the California Sea Otter Fund for the next five years. The fund is critical to research, recovery and protection of threatened California Sea Otters, and was set to expire in December 2015. Senator Bill Monning authored, and Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of the Sea Otter sponsored, the bill to renew the fund. Since 2007 the California income tax form has included the option for Californians to voluntarily contribute to the fund, resulting in over $2 million raised to protect sea otters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has unveiled a proposal that offers bold new options for protecting manatees.
The U.S. Forest Service notified Earthjustice today that no wolf-killing by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will occur in the federally-protected Franck Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the winter of 2015-16.
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service released an alarming report illustrating the profound impact of rising firefighting costs on national forest conservation, restoration, recreation and management programs. The report highlights the fact that firefighting costs now consume over 50 percent of the Forest Service’s budget, compared to just 16 percent in 1995, and are expected to comprise two-thirds of the agency’s budget 10 years from now if left unaddressed.
Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that wildlife biologists have been tracking a gray wolf that has likely dispersed from Oregon into Siskiyou County in northern California. The presence of this new wolf – whose sex and specific origins have yet to be determined – affirms support for the ready return of gray wolves to California. After nearly a century without wolves being present in the state, this new wolf is now the second in the last four years known to cross the border into California. In recent years “wandering wolf” OR-7 was made famous for several trips into the Golden State, and has now started his own pack in Oregon’s southern Cascades not far from the California border.
Today President Obama announced the centerpiece of his groundbreaking climate change strategy, the Clean Power Plan (CCP).
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.
President Obama has announced new regulations for preventing the importation and sale of illegal ivory within the United States.
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.
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.