Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
January 12, 2016
Ensatina salamander, © Tiffany Yap

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has taken emergency precautionary action to stem the spread of a deadly fungal disease that could potentially wipe out the almost 200 salamander species native to the United States

January 11, 2016

In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Northern Rockies fisher, a rare and vanishing species, may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

January 7, 2016
Manatee, © Jan Reyniers

FWS has proposed to downlist the Florida manatee.

January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, an armed group of anti-government extremists began a hostile takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

December 23, 2015

This week, Governor Bullock announced plans to move ahead with a proposal to expand year round habitat available to foraging bison directly outside Yellowstone National Park, breaking decades of stalemate on the issue.

December 16, 2015

A deal on a new omnibus funding bill has been reached, with House and Senate approval expected in the next few days.

December 14, 2015
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

ORACLE, Ariz. – This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding the first of a series of closed door Mexican gray wolf recovery planning workshops with state officials from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

December 14, 2015
Mojave, © Chip Carroon

Nations agree on climate deal

December 14, 2015

A new analysis of how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has assessed the impact of projects on imperiled species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) finds that over the last seven years not one out of over 88,000 projects was stopped because of the FWS finding that a project would threaten a species’ survival.