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October 30, 2013
Defenders of Wildlife Hails Nomination of Rhea Suh as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
October 25, 2013
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the bi-state, or Mono Basin sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and proposed to designate more than 1.8 million acres of critical habitat to support its recovery. The bi-state sage-grouse are a genetically distinct subpopulation of the more widely-ranged greater sage-grouse and with a population that averages 5,000 birds in a limited area of sagebrush habitat on the border of California and Nevada.
October 16, 2013
The United States Senate has settled on an agreement that averts, for the time being, a potentially devastating impact on our economy.
October 11, 2013
Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation into law that will require hunters to use non-lead ammunition, to be phased in by 2019. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, and Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will eliminate what nationally-renowned scientists say is the number one source of unregulated lead left in our environment.
October 10, 2013
The Obama administration has announced that it will allow states to open national parks that have been closed due to the shutdown.
October 1, 2013
A statement on the government shutdown from Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark.
September 27, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list red knots, small migratory shorebirds, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
September 27, 2013
The IPCC released its 2013 report today, which found with 95 percent certainty that human activity is the primary cause of climate change.
September 26, 2013
It appears that tragedy has struck America’s imperiled population of Mexican gray wolves once again. Just two months after alpha female 1108 was shot and killed, and another female died during “routine management” in August, Defenders of Wildlife has learned that what is believed to be a Mexican gray wolf was found dead in New Mexico. Law enforcement is investigating what is likely to be determined an illegal killing.
September 25, 2013
The lesser prairie-chicken, one of the country’s iconic grasslands birds, has suffered a sharp decline in population numbers over the past year, according to a report released by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The report comes on the heels of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s July announcement of a six-month delay on a decision to list the imperiled bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).