Western Caucus Members Push Anti-Endangered Species Act Bills, Again

It’s looking like déjà vu all over again as the Congressional Western Caucus has begun to introduce another package of anti-wildlife, anti-public lands, anti-Endangered Species Act (ESA) bills. The new package of stand-alone bills is – so far – nearly identical to draft legislation the caucus released this past fall. And, like the previous package, the bills would eliminate key protections for wildlife that have been in place for more than 45 years.
Washington, DC

Statement from Defenders of Wildlife on Migratory Bird Protection Act Passing Out of the House Natural Resources Committee

Statement from Robert Dewey, Vice President for Government Relations, Defenders of Wildlife upon the Migratory Bird Protection Act passing out of the House Natural Resources
Washington, DC

Newly Announced Expansion of Border Wall Could Be Disastrous for Wildlife

The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration will redirect $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds to build over 800 more miles of border wall.

Press Releases

Defenders Pledges Reward for Information on California Wolf Killing

Defenders of Wildlife has announced a matching pledge of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the unsolved case of an endangered gray wolf killing in 2018.
Washington, DC

Defenders of Wildlife Celebrates Wolf Reintroduction, Endangered Species Act Successes

Twenty-five years ago this week, gray wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho. The reintroduction not only improved the wolf’s situation, but also the entire Yellowstone ecosystem.

Pack of Gray Wolves Discovered in Colorado Grounds for Cautious Optimism

The day after a measure to reintroduce the gray wolf to Colorado was approved for November’s ballot, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced that approximately six gray wolves have likely crossed over the Wyoming border into northwest Colorado.

FWS Proposes to List the Critically Endangered Sierra Nevada Red Fox

In a positive development for the Sierra Nevada red fox, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week its proposal to list the species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Savannah, GA

Days-Old North Atlantic Right Whale Calf Struck by Ship

The fourth North Atlantic right whale calf born this season has already been severely wounded. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Thursday morning that the calf had two “parallel and s-shaped” injuries along its body, consistent with wounds caused by boat propellers.
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