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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).
September 24, 2013
Defenders names Rockies and Plains Representative Jonathan Proctor as new regional program director. He will move regional headquarters to Denver next month.
September 20, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new requirements for coal-burning power plants to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
September 18, 2013
New poll shows that most residents of California, Oregon and Washington believe wolves should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
September 10, 2013
Important legislation requiring the use of non-lead ammunition for hunting today passed the California State Senate by a wide margin. Assembly Bill 711, authored by Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), was approved by a vote of 23-15. The bill was managed on the Senate floor by Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance).
September 5, 2013
Defenders will end compensation for losses to grizzly bears in Montana and will instead invest its resources in tools that allow people and wildlife to safely coexist
September 4, 2013
Vast majorities in both Arizona and New Mexico strongly support continued efforts to restore Mexican gray wolves to the American southwest, according to a new poll released by Defenders of Wildlife. The poll comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering new proposals that would hamper Mexican gray wolf recovery and scheduling regional hearings to obtain public input on the proposal.
September 4, 2013
USFWS announces that it will not host public hearings in Colorado, Oregon or Washington to take comment on premature delisting proposal
August 29, 2013
Sally Jewell makes her first trip to Alaska as Secretary of the Interior this week, and will visit some of the state’s most wild and special places, including the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The secretary will likely make an announcement by year’s end that will determine the fate of this and other of Alaska’s irreplaceable wilderness lands, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is continuing to push the proposal to build a costly, unnecessary road that would bisect the biological heart of Izembek.
August 23, 2013
Thirty-four genetically pure, disease-free Yellowstone bison were transported within Montana from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to Fort Belknap Indian Reservation yesterday. These animals will start a new cultural bison herd on tribal lands – the second herd of bison from Yellowstone National Park to be restored to the Great Plains. Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife has fenced 900 acres as a temporary “surveillance pasture” for the bison, and will eventually move the bison herd into the 22,000 acre tribal bison range to slowly grow the herd for conservation, subsistence and ceremonial purposes. Within a decade and with additional bison range expansions, as many as 1,000 genetically pure bison may once again roam the rolling prairies of north-central Montana.

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