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  1. Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate
  2. Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico
  3. USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports
  4. U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska
  5. Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska
  6. More than 150 Republican and Democratic lawmakers urge president to stop cruelty to horses
  7. Horse soring crowd conspires with USDA to bury vast trove of inspection reports
  8. Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife
  9. Movie producer speaks out on controversy over ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and on American Humane Association
  10. Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

Defenders Press Releases:

  1. Right idea, wrong place: Groups sue solar project to protect imperiled wildlife and wild lands - The proposed California-based Calico solar project fails to meet basic environmental protection requirements and threatens imperiled wildlife, according to Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club. The groups are filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior after failing to reach agreement with the developers and the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to move the project to a location without major environmental conflicts.
  2. Obama administration charts new course for nation's forests - The U.S. Forest Service released today its final forest-planning rule, which will guide the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands across the country.
  3. Protection sought once again for cactus ferruginous pygmy owl and its Sonoran Desert home - The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today sent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a formal notice of intent to sue over the agency’s denial of Endangered Species Act protection to the rare and vanishing cactus ferruginous pygmy owl.
  4. Wild bison from Yellowstone stampede into Fort Peck - POPLAR, Mont. (March 21, 2012) – Tribal officials, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and wildlife conservation leaders will be gathering at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation Wednesday morning to welcome home genetically pure, wild bison. On Monday, the bison completed a 500-mile journey from a facility just outside Yellowstone National Park where some of them were held for up to five years to ensure they are disease-free. The historic homecoming caps decades of work by the tribes of Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations, and is an important step in restoring wild bison to the Great Plains.
  5. Defenders expands grizzly bear fencing incentive program - MISSOULA, Mont. (March 19, 2012) – Defenders of Wildlife launched an expanded grizzly bear fencing incentive program this month to help people and wildlife better coexist. Landowners in eligible counties in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming will be reimbursed for 50% of the cost for electric fencing to secure grizzly bear attractants. Electric fencing has proven effective at keeping grizzly bears away from chicken coops, beehives, fruit trees, garbage containers, animal feed, carcass pits, and compost piles. The maximum reimbursement is $500, and the offer is only valid while funding remains.
  6. Expansion of protections first step toward manatee recovery - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the establishment of a manatee refuge in the waters of Florida’s Kings Bay that will expand protections for manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
  7. Conservation groups defend Cape Hatteras National Seashore - The U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. granted conservation groups’ request to help defend a new National Park Service rule against a lawsuit by an ORV enthusiast group. The lawsuit seeks to overturn the long-overdue rule, required by a presidential order, that balances the safety and protection of beach-nesting wildlife and pedestrians with off-road vehicle traffic within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
  8. Senate votes to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Big Oil drills - In its first vote on the issue since 2008, the U.S. Senate today decisively voted down an amendment to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.
  9. Wyoming approves flawed wolf plan - BOZEMAN, Mont. (March 7, 2012) –Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill today approving the state’s wolf management plan, which would allow wolves to be killed by anyone at any time by any means across the majority of the state.
  10. Congressman Norm Dicks Announces Retirement - Statement by Jamie Rappaport Clark, President, Defenders of Wildlife Washington, D.C. — “The retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks is a major loss for our nation’s environment and natural resources.
  11. Federal employees shoot wolves to boost elk herds in Idaho - BOISE, Idaho (Feb. 23, 2012) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday that it helped fund USDA Wildlife Services’ removal of 14 wolves in the Lolo zone of the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho.
  12. House of Representatives passes extreme %26#8220;drill everywhere%26#8221; bill in transportation funding scam - The House of Representatives today voted to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and along almost every acre of our coastline including off the East Coast, West Coast, the protected eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Bristol Bay to oil drilling all under the guise of funding this year’s transportation bill.
  13. Statement from conservation groups on CHAPA lawsuit against rules for responsible beach driving in Cape Hatteras National Seashore - The following is a statement from Audubon North Carolina, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center: “We’re disappointed that some beach driving enthusiasts quickly filed suit against beach driving rules that would protect pedestrians and nesting and...
  14. Court overturns Bush regulations that ignored wildlife impacts - WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.
  15. Mexican gray wolves gained ground in 2011 - The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves surviving in the southwestern United States increased in 2011 to 58 wolves and six breeding pairs, up from 50 wolves and two breeding pairs the year before, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.

Defenders Wolf Action Alerts:

  1. Tell Governor Palin to End Aerial Hunting of Wolves - Urge Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to end aerial killing of wolves.
  2. Urge Obama to Protect Wolves - Urge President Obama to maintain protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies.
  3. Sign the petition to support sensible, science-based management of struggling Southwest wolves! - Southwest wolves are struggling to survive: the latest population count confirms only 4 breeding pairs, and 52 wolves total, in the wild! Sign the petition to support sensible, science-based management of struggling Southwest wolves
  4. Urge your Congress members to support sensible, science-based management of struggling Southwest wolves! - AZ & NM Residents Only - Southwest wolves are struggling to survive: the latest population count confirms only 4 breeding pairs, and 52 wolves total, in the wild! Urge your members of Congress to support sensible, science-based management of struggling Southwest wolves
  5. Support a National Wolf Recovery Plan - Help ensure a lasting future for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies and provide a needed boost for wolf recovery and management efforts in the Southwest, Northeast and Pacific Northwest.

Defenders Defenders Action Alerts:

Defenders Wolves:

  1. March Wildlife eNews: Shamefull Wolf Cull; Send Us Your Photos! -
  2. Wyoming approves flawed wolf plan - BOZEMAN, Mont. (March 7, 2012) –Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill today approving the state’s wolf management plan, which would allow wolves to be killed by anyone at any time by any means across the majority of the state.
  3. Federal employees shoot wolves to boost elk herds in Idaho - BOISE, Idaho (Feb. 23, 2012) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday that it helped fund USDA Wildlife Services’ removal of 14 wolves in the Lolo zone of the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho.
  4. Will You Pay for Idaho's Aerial Wolf Kills? Oregon Wolf Looks for Love; Not Your Ordinary Zoo Trip - Defenders Wildlife eNewsletter
  5. Mexican gray wolves gained ground in 2011 - The number of endangered Mexican gray wolves surviving in the southwestern United States increased in 2011 to 58 wolves and six breeding pairs, up from 50 wolves and two breeding pairs the year before, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.
  6. More Room for Bison; Seeking Safety for Panthers; Saying Goodbye - Defenders Wildlife eNewsletter
  7. California Dreaming: Lone wolf entering California marks historic conservation success - WASHINGTON (Dec. 30, 2011) – A lone dispersing wolf from Oregon, known as OR7, has crossed the border into northern California.
  8. Defenders Board of Game Statewide Comments, January 2012 - Defenders comments for the January, 2012 Board of Game meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.
  9. Great Lakes wolves successfully recovered under Endangered Species Act - WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2011) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will be removing federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes, including parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
  10. Deadline for Wyoming Wolves; Honors for Defenders' Radio Show; Wildlife Adoption Savings - Defenders Wildlife eNewsletter
  11. Washington Wildlife Commission Approves Wolf Recovery Plan - OLYMPIA, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2011) – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the state’s final wolf recovery plan on Saturday, charting a course toward the long-term sustainability of its growing wolf population.
  12. Wildlife Suffers When Congress Attacks; Big Sharks Win; and More... - Defenders Wildlife eNewsletter
  13. Oregon Passes Landmark Wolf Coexistence Bill - On June 24, 2011 the Oregon Senate unanimously approved a bill that establishes a county-based livestock compensation and wolf coexistence program to reduce conflicts between livestock and wolves.
  14. Defenders Board of Game Arctic Comments, November 2011 - Defenders comments for the November, 2011 Board of Game meeting in Barrow, Alaska.
  15. 100,000-Strong for Polar Bears - Defenders Wildlife eNewsletter

Defenders California:

  1. Right idea, wrong place: Groups sue solar project to protect imperiled wildlife and wild lands - The proposed California-based Calico solar project fails to meet basic environmental protection requirements and threatens imperiled wildlife, according to Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club. The groups are filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior after failing to reach agreement with the developers and the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to move the project to a location without major environmental conflicts.
  2. Obama administration charts new course for nation's forests - The U.S. Forest Service released today its final forest-planning rule, which will guide the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands across the country.
  3. March Wildlife eNews: Shamefull Wolf Cull; Send Us Your Photos! -
  4. National Solar Energy Plan Moves Closer to Final Stages - On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union remarks to expand clean energy development, the Interior Department is moving to finalize the nation’s first solar energy program for public lands with the closing of the public comment period today. Over the past 90 days, the Bureau of Land Management has been seeking input on the Supplemental Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) for solar development on public lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
  5. California Dreaming: Lone wolf entering California marks historic conservation success - WASHINGTON (Dec. 30, 2011) – A lone dispersing wolf from Oregon, known as OR7, has crossed the border into northern California.
  6. Lessons Learned: The Case Against a Scattershot Approach to Siting Solar - Last year, the Secretary of the Interior approved the first ever utility-scale solar power plants on public lands in the West. Despite increasing success in the utility-scale solar industry, federal land managers continue to evaluate the many pending applications in a reactive manner: solar companies submit applications to construct power plants and federal land managers react to those applications. This reactive process is incapable of providing the certainty necessary to build a successful solar industry.
  7. Transmission: Revised Solar Plan Makes the Connection - The Interior Department’s revised solar energy plan for public lands will ensure existing transmission capacity can be accessed and needed new transmission will be developed in a timely manner.
  8. California Sea Otter Fund Extended for Five More Years - Sea otters in California received some great news in September 2011 as Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation re-establishing the California Sea Otter Fund, the main source of funding for sea otter research and conservation efforts in the Golden State.
  9. Summary of the Supplement to Draft PEIS: Revised Solar Plan Headed in Right Direction - The Interior Department’s revised solar plan for solar energy development on public lands proposes a three-part approach to balancing the need for clean energy with protection of sensitive resources. And it does so without changing the rules of the game for companies with pending applications. This revised plan was developed in response to extensive public comment, including joint recommendations offered by developers, major utilities, and conservation groups.
  10. Flexibility: Revised Solar Plan Makes Room - The revised solar plan allows sufficient flexibility to meet the public land’s share of regional clean energy needs and support development of a strong American solar industry.

Defenders Florida:

  1. Obama administration charts new course for nation's forests - The U.S. Forest Service released today its final forest-planning rule, which will guide the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands across the country.
  2. Expansion of protections first step toward manatee recovery - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the establishment of a manatee refuge in the waters of Florida’s Kings Bay that will expand protections for manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
  3. Ecological Impacts and Practices of the Coral Reef Wildlife Trade - This report reviews and analyzes more than 600 scientific research papers to understand the ornamental wildlife trade’s impact on animals and the environment.
  4. New wildlife refuge established in Florida - Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar today announced the creation of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in an effort to preserve the community’s ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades
  5. Defenders of Wildlife welcomes Interior Department's new vision for national wildlife refuges - Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife’s president and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, welcomed the Obama administration’s effort to frame a new conservation vision for the more than 150 million acres that make up America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
  6. Watch Out for Wildlife Week Proclamation: Florida -
  7. Workshop Participants Build Their Land Trust's Vision of Climate Change Adaptation - Living Lands facilitated workshops at the most recent Southeastern Regional, Virginia, and Maryland land trust conferences to help the land trust community and their partners define their own vision for helping their communities adapt in the face of climate change. The goal of this facilitated workshop was to demonstrate a quick and inexpensive process by which land trusts can begin to envision how climate change adaptation is part of their land conservation mission, understand the effects of climate change on conservation values, and develop adaptation strategies.
  8. Conservation groups urge Congress to help move large-scale renewable energy projects forward - A coalition of environmental groups working on renewable energy development told a congressional committee today that the unprecedented expansion of wind, solar and geothermal generation over the past two years represented real progress toward a clean energy future and was the result of coordination between their groups, renewable energy companies and federal agencies.
  9. Saving Florida's Panthers - With only an estimated 100 to 160 remaining in the wild, Florida panthers are one of the most endangered mammals in the world.
  10. In gross oversight, President Obama fails to acknowledge the devastating losses of wildlife resulting from BP%26#8217;s Gulf oil disaster - In President Obama’s acknowledgment today of the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil disaster, he failed to mention the enormous losses sustained by the Gulf ecosystem – not only to a fishing-dependent economy but to the thousands of animals killed or harmed by toxic oil and dispersants that persist in natural habitats even today.

Defenders Endangered Species:

  1. March Wildlife eNews: Shamefull Wolf Cull; Send Us Your Photos! -
  2. Wyoming approves flawed wolf plan - BOZEMAN, Mont. (March 7, 2012) –Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill today approving the state’s wolf management plan, which would allow wolves to be killed by anyone at any time by any means across the majority of the state.
  3. Congressman Norm Dicks Announces Retirement - Statement by Jamie Rappaport Clark, President, Defenders of Wildlife Washington, D.C. — “The retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks is a major loss for our nation’s environment and natural resources.
  4. Statement from conservation groups on CHAPA lawsuit against rules for responsible beach driving in Cape Hatteras National Seashore - The following is a statement from Audubon North Carolina, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center: “We’re disappointed that some beach driving enthusiasts quickly filed suit against beach driving rules that would protect pedestrians and nesting and...
  5. Court overturns Bush regulations that ignored wildlife impacts - WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.
  6. Obama administration right to reject Keystone Pipeline permit - WASHINGTON (January 18, 2012) – The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
  7. Defenders of Wildlife mourns tragic loss of friend and colleague David Gaillard - BOZEMAN, Mont. (Jan. 3, 2012) -- Defenders of Wildlife mourns the passing of David Gaillard. Dave was buried in an avalanche Saturday afternoon while cross-country skiing near Pilot Peak in the Shoshone National Forest south of Cooke City, Montana.
  8. California Dreaming: Lone wolf entering California marks historic conservation success - WASHINGTON (Dec. 30, 2011) – A lone dispersing wolf from Oregon, known as OR7, has crossed the border into northern California.
  9. Great Lakes wolves successfully recovered under Endangered Species Act - WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2011) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will be removing federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes, including parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
  10. Endangered Woodland Caribou Win Critical Habitat - PRIEST LAKE, Idaho (November 29, 2011) – Endangered woodland caribou will be protected across 375,562 acres in the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho and northeastern Washington, thanks to a critical habitat designation handed down today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The long-awaited decision is the result of action taken by Defenders of Wildlife, Lands Council, Selkirk Conservation Alliance and Center for Biological Diversity.

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