URGENT: Four Mexican gray wolves caught in leg traps in New Mexico. Many more leg hold traps, snares and poisons are found across the New Mexico landscape.

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A CITES shipment must be considered legal only when it is accompanied by a permit issued by the Management Authority of the exporting country, after making the Legal Acquisition Finding and receiving the Non-Detriment Finding from the Scientific Authority. This document provides guidance recommendations for CITES Authorities to issue an export, import or re-export CITES permit.
Shark newsletter includes news from around the world on the status, international trade and new regulations for sharks and mantas.
Tongass National Forest, © Corey Case/USFS
With this letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, 100 conservation groups across the country urged the Department of Agriculture to reject a petition filed by the state of Alaska to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Roadless Rule is a landmark conservation regulation that protects about 58 million acres of remaining roadless areas in the national forest system.
From the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border passes through regions rich in biological diversity and communities engaged in conservation. For decades, U.S. and Mexican agencies, nonprofits, universities and ranchers, retirees and others have teamed up to restore rivers, streams, forests, grasslands and at-risk wildlife, to keep habitat linkages intact and to protect large natural areas.
The 2,000-mile u.s.-mexico border passes through several conservation hotspots, including two in Arizona, the Sonoran Desert and the Sky Islands. These are areas important to endangered and threatened species and other wildlife and in which the United States and Mexico have significant investments in conservation lands and collaborative projects.
The 2,000-mile u.s.-mexico border passes through several conservation hotspots where the United States and Mexico have significant investments in conservation lands and collaborative projects to protect endangered and threatened species and other wildlife. Texas has two hotspots: the Big Bend area along the Rio Grande to the west and the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the Gulf Coast in the east.
California Condor
The 2,000-mile u.s.-mexico border passes through several conservation hotspots, including the coastal area of southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico, known as the Californias. Seventy-two percent of the border here is already blocked by fencing. Adding even more would have devastating consequences for wildlife, people and binational conservation efforts and investments.
orca vessels report photo
The Puget Sound is home to a diverse marine ecosystem and several endangered species, including southern resident orcas and their primary prey, chinook salmon. The sound is also home to an active boating community, which comes with an unfortunate downside: abandoned and derelict vessels. Owners who have either lost interest or can no longer afford to operate and maintain their vessels often leave them to sit and deteriorate. Over time, decay and storms set many abandoned vessels adrift. These derelict vessels wash ashore or sink and are a major source of pollution harmful to orcas, salmon and other marine wildlife.
After decades of studying southern resident orcas, we now know much about their behavior, culture—the learned behaviors unique to this population—and what they need to survive. We also have answers to some of the most pressing questions about the population’s decline, including the impact of toxic chemicals found in the orcas’ food supply.