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From December to May this year, 150 local volunteers participated in a citizen science monitoring effort led by Defenders of Wildlife in partnership with the Bitterroot National Forest. The citizen scientists collected data and photos on rare carnivores, such as wolverines, to aid with forest planning efforts and contribute to the broader understanding of where these animals live.
A coalition of wolf conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist today announced a court settlement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to prepare a long-delayed recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves by November 2017. Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in November 2014 to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s multi-decade delay in completing a recovery plan for the Mexican wolf. Earthjustice represents Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, retired Fish and Wildlife Service Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator David R. Parsons, the Endangered Wolf Center and the Wolf Conservation Center in the case. Today’s announcement of a settlement agreement follows a September 2015 ruling by a federal judge in Tucson that rejected the government’s effort to dismiss the case.
Conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today – on Earth Day – for failing to protect water quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta under the Clean Water Act. This failure could result in several native fish species going extinct, toxic algal blooms becoming more common, and the loss of thousands of fishing jobs in California and across the West Coast that depend on healthy Central Valley salmon runs.
Colorado House passes anti-wildlife trafficking bill
A new assessment released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today finds that implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon (NFIP) is jeopardizing salmon, steelhead and southern resident orca, and adversely affecting other threatened and endangered wildlife species by incentivizing development in floodplains.
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) declined to list the Pacific fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
A coalition of 57 conservation, public-health, research and wildlife-rehabilitation groups, the cities of Malibu and Richmond, Marin County and more than 45,000 people have called for prohibitions on the most toxic rat and mouse poisons because of the unnecessary risk to children, pets and wildlife. The coalition will hold a rally today at the state Capitol in Sacramento at 12:30 p.m. urging support for Assembly Bill 2596, introduced by California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and calling for an end to the misuse of toxic rodenticides. A.B. 2596 would restrict the most dangerous rodenticides that have been linked to the poisoning of people and animals in cities and communities across California.
In response to a legal petition filed by Defenders of Wildlife, a district court in Montana announced today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) must reevaluate what level of protection is warranted for the rare wolverine, withdrawing it 2014 decision not to list the species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Defenders of Wildlife is proud to announce that Bryan Bird has joined Defenders of Wildlife as the Southwest program director in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bryan comes to Defenders with 23 years of experience in wildlife conservation in the American Southwest. He brings a wealth of federal land policy and planning experience to Defenders and is well known as a valued conservation partner.
Defenders of Wildlife released the following statement in response to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s announcement today that it lethally removed four members of the Imnaha wolf pack in northeastern Oregon.