2017.09.30 - Grizzly Bear - Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming - NPS-Adams

Defenders Celebrates Omission of Anti-ESA Riders in Spending Bill and Expresses Dismay of Wildlife Program Cuts

Defenders of Wildlife today celebrates the omission of a large number of poison-pill, anti-Endangered Species Act riders from the fiscal year 2024 appropriations bill, released this weekend by House and Senate appropriators. Despite this win, Defenders is dismayed by the funding cuts to programs at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that are key to saving imperiled species.
2006 - Coal Fired Power Plant - Wyoming - Greg Goebel
Great Falls, MT

Ninth Circuit Decision Throws Out Coal Leasing Challenge

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that a lawsuit from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and conservation groups that had successfully reinstated the Obama-era
Southern Resident Orca Calf

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a February 2023 petition

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By William Krumpelman

Defenders Celebrates Return of Gray Wolves to Colorado

A decades-long vision came to reality today when Colorado Parks and Wildlife reintroduced five gray wolves in Grand County, marking the official beginning of the
2017.02.06 - Gray Wolf in a Snowy Forest - Montana - wesdotphotography-Alamy Stock Photo

Defenders of Wildlife Lauds Court Decision on Returning Gray Wolves to Colorado 

Defenders of Wildlife was in court yesterday to defend Colorado's historic effort to reintroduce gray wolves to the state in a lawsuit filed by Gunnison
2021.03.27 - Gray Wolf Laying in Snow - Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming - John Morrison

Defenders of Wildlife Statement on Suit to Block Gray Wolf Reintroduction

Defenders of Wildlife went to court today to defend Colorado's historic effort to reintroduce wolves to the state in a lawsuit filed by Gunnison County Stockgrowers’
2014.06.27 - Two Caribou - National Petroleum Reserve Alaska - Bob Wick - BLM.jpg

Defenders Calls on BLM to Keep 28 Million Acres Out of Future Extraction Activities

The Bureau of Land Management today released its draft review assessing whether to retain Public Land Orders protecting areas of land totaling the size of
Mohave Ground Squirrel - © Nature Ali (CC BY-NC-ND).jpeg

Conservationists Seek Federal Protection for the Mohave Ground Squirrel

A petition to list the Mohave ground squirrel as threatened and to designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act was submitted today to the
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