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Conservationists, wildlife biologists and National Park employees – all members of the original team that helped reintroduce gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park twenty years ago – today returned to the park to celebrate one of this country’s greatest wildlife conservation success stories.
A strong majority of Montana residents support efforts to restore wild bison populations in the state and oppose legislative efforts to impede wild bison restoration, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. The poll results arrive just as some politicians in the Montana Legislature roll out aggressive anti-bison bills that, if passed, would severely curtail current and future bison restoration and management efforts.
Conservation groups are now offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to conviction of those responsible for the illegal killing of the breeding female wolf of the Teanaway pack in Washington’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Last month the groups posted a reward offer of up to $15,000, but have now increased the amount, after a member of Conservation Northwest stepped forward to contribute an additional $5,000.
Today groups announced the collection of more than 80,000 public comments supporting the permanent protection of the Berryessa Snow Mountain area. The supporters join more than 200 businesses that have already spoken out in favor of a national monument designation, along with all five counties that would be included in the monument. The latest comments are a demonstration of the growing movement calling on the Obama Administration to take action to protect the special area.
Yesterday evening, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced resolution (S. Res. 564) which recognizes the importance of wildlife conservation by commemorating the September 1st centennial of the passenger pigeon’s extinction, passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
Today Congress released an omnibus appropriations bill that includes language that could have devastating consequences for sage-grouse.
FWS announced they will add the Red Knot to the threatened species list today.
On Monday, a coalition of conservation organizations led by Defenders of Wildlife and Advocates for the West submitted a letter to the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) requesting the agency prohibit a vehement anti-wolf group from hosting an annual commercial “predator derby” on the lands it manages in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arizona against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Interior Department for denying Endangered Species Act protection to cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, which have dwindled to fewer than 50 birds in Arizona. The fierce little owl was denied protection under a new Obama administration policy that makes it far more difficult for species at risk of extinction in important portions of their range to gain federal protection. The groups argued in a 2007 petition that the owl should be protected because it is endangered across the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northern Mexico.
After significant public opposition and in the face of legal challenges from Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation organizations, today the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew its permit to allow an annual commercial “predator derby” to take place on millions of acres of public lands in Idaho, beginning this January.