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Seattle, WA

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Lethally Removes 3 Wolves from Old Profanity Territory Pack

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Tuesday that it killed three wolves from the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack, under an authorization that allows lethal removal of the full pack.
Washington, DC

Trump Administration Releases Regulations Endangering Imperiled Wildlife

Disregarding more than 800,000 public comments opposing its proposal to weaken implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Trump administration finalized its sweeping rewrite of ESA regulations that undermine the conservation of threatened and endangered species.
Washington, DC

72 percent of the Earth’s Ice Free Lands now Impacted by Exploitation for Food, Fiber, Fuels -- New IPCC Report Finds. Defenders of Wildlife Calls for Immediate Action to Reverse Course.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released new and comprehensive evidence that our lands are under siege from climate change.

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Anchorage, AK

Defenders of Wildlife Sues Interior Department Over Illegal Land Swap Deal in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

Defenders of Wildlife has filed suit in U.S. District Court to block the Interior Department’s decision to trade away internationally recognized, wilderness wetlands in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to a private corporation.
Eugene, OR

Court: Oregon Illegally Denied Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Protections

An Oregon judge has issued a decision concluding the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission violated Oregon law in denying a petition filed by five conservation groups demanding the commission uplist the murrelet from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.
Washington, DC

Injunction Sought to Halt Trump’s Wall in Arizona

Conservation groups today asked a federal court to block construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall through protected wilderness in Arizona until a judge rules on a pending lawsuit.
Washington, DC

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Atlantic Sharks, Giant Manta Rays From Lethal Fishing Gear

Today, on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect oceanic whitetip sharks and giant manta rays from being captured and killed in U.S. fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Washington, DC

New research shows effectiveness of laws for protecting imperiled species, remaining gaps

New research from the Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) at Defenders of Wildlife, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows for the first time the importance of expert agencies to protecting imperiled species.

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