Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
September 12, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that it intends to remove from private and public lands most of the world's only remaining population of red wolves in the wild, threatening the continued existence of this highly imperiled species.

September 8, 2016

Conservation groups today asked FWS to protect the lesser prairie chicken under the ESA.

September 6, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) provided a new round of documents and reopened the public comment period on the proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) delisting rule for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

September 1, 2016
Sage-grouse, © Jon LeVasseur

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its National Listing Workplan.

August 31, 2016
American white pelicans, © Paul Boyte/USFWS

Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon California, the Pacific Institute and Sierra Club today called on the state of California to use a new agreement with the federal government on the Salton Sea as a launching point for a renewed effort to get much-needed conservation projects started on the ground.

August 30, 2016

A strong majority of North Carolinians support the effort to recover the native red wolf, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research.

August 25, 2016
Gray wolf, © Michael Quinton, National Geographic Stock

Based on the policies agreed upon by the Washington Wolf Advisory Group, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has authorized the lethal removal of the Profanity Peak wolf pack due to repeated depredations in the area since July 8.

August 15, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a recovery plan that will guide restoration and protection of the ocelot populations in Arizona and Texas and in bordering Mexican states of Sonora and Tamaulipas.

August 12, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © USFWS

Today, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) voiced their support for the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup's comments on the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on revising operations of the Intake Diversion Dam on the Yellowstone River.

August 12, 2016
Sage-grouse, © Jon LeVasseur

Last night the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft resource management plan amendment for the Gunnison sage-grouse, an imperiled ground-dwelling bird found only in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Unfortunately, proposed management prescriptions in the draft fall short of the science-based measures needed to protect and recover the species on public lands.