Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
April 27, 2016
Mexican gray wolf, © USFWS

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.

April 22, 2016
Salmon, © Tory Kallman

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.

April 22, 2016
Rhino, © Susan Wade

Colorado House passes anti-wildlife trafficking bill

April 14, 2016

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.

April 14, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) declined to list the Pacific fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

April 5, 2016

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.

April 4, 2016

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.

April 4, 2016

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.

March 31, 2016
Wolf, © David Bolin

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.

March 28, 2016
Tongass National Forest, © Corey Case/USFS

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a last‐ditch effort by the State of Alaska to exempt America’s largest national forest from a national rule protecting undeveloped, road‐free national forest areas from logging and road construction. The State sought to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in effect in the vast Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal District Court in Alaska that the Bush administration improperly exempted the Tongass from that landmark conservation measure.