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Defenders of Wildlife Urges Support for RESCUE Whales Act To Protect Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held a hearing on bills including the RESCUE Whales Act, the only one of four on the subcommittee’s agenda that would benefit wildlife and help combat the biodiversity and climate crises.  Introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the bill would […]

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Defenders of Wildlife Applauds Resolution Recognizing 20th Anniversary of Sea Otter Awareness Week

Just ahead of World Otter Day on May 25, Defenders of Wildlife and Sea Otter Savvy are celebrating the passage of a resolution in the California Legislature recognizing the 20th anniversary of Sea Otter Awareness Week. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 169 (ACR 169), authored and introduced by California Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-29) and coauthored by state Senator John Laird […]

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Nature’s Brokers: Scientists Show Pumas Maintain Relationships with Nearly 500 Living Species, Holding America’s Ecosystems Together

New York, NY, January 18, 2022 – Pumas maintain relationships with an astounding 485 living species and play a critical role in holding ecosystems together throughout the Western Hemisphere, according to a new study entitled Pumas as ecological brokers: a review of their biotic relationships from Defenders of Wildlife and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, […]

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Bureau of Land Management Fast-Tracks Arctic Refuge Seismic Permits

WASHINGTON, DC, October 23, 2020 – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is reviewing a permitapplication for seismic exploration for the fragile coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Seismic exploration would profoundly impact this important landscape for decades, scarring the tundra, damaging critical habitat for imperiled polar bears and potentially causing the death of […]

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Trump Administration Finalizes Extreme Predator Hunting Rules in Alaska National Preserves

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2020 – The Trump administration announced today that it will finalize new regulations that roll back protections against extreme methods of killing predators and other wildlife in Alaska national preserves. National preserves are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) like national parks, except hunting and fishing are permitted. NPS’s new regulations […]

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Over 1,600 Scientists Call for Conservation Funding to Solve the Biodiversity Crisis

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2019 – Today the prestigious journal Science published a letter entitled “Solve the biodiversity crisis with funding,” coauthored by scientists at Defenders of Wildlife and universities across the country. More than 1,600 scientists have so far endorsed the letter calling on Congress to fully fund conservation programs that protect biodiversity from severe […]

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Trump Administration Signs New Deal for Disastrous Road through Izembek Refuge

Washington, DC, July 25, 2019 – Less than four months after the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska struck down the Trump administration’s agreement to trade away internationally recognized, wilderness wetlands in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to a private corporation, the Interior Department has reportedly signed another land swap deal to facilitate road […]

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Washington DFW Orders Killing of OPT Pack Wolves

SEATTLE, July 11, 2019 – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced more lethal removals from the OPT wolf pack in the Kettle Range in northern Ferry County. The nine-member wolf pack (five adults and four pups) faces incremental killing – removing up to two wolves from the pack, followed by a two-week […]

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House Committee Hearing on Expansive Wildlife Extinction Package

WASHINGTON, September 26, 2018 – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on an expansive anti-wildlife package of bills that would weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. Members of the Congressional Western Caucus announced in July their legislation that would […]

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Coalition Submits More Than 800,000 Comments Opposing Trump’s Plan to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON,September 24, 2018 – Today, a broad coalition formally submitted more than 500,000 public comments bringing the total to more than 800,000 comments opposing proposed changes to the regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is our nation’s most effective tool in saving wildlife facing extinction. On July 19th, the Trump administration […]

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Proposed Rewrites to the Endangered Species Act Deny Science, Federal Oversight

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2018 – Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) wants to drastically rewrite the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. In newly proposed legislation, he would shift key authority for conserving threatened and endangered species to individual states, which lack the laws, resources and political […]

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Defenders: Boycott Mexican Shrimp to Save the Vaquita

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – Defenders of Wildlife has joined a new campaign to boycott Mexican shrimp until the Mexican government enforces fishing regulations to protect the vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean. It is estimated that only about 30 vaquitas survive in their native habitat in the Upper Gulf of California, and […]

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Zinke Approved for Secretary of the Interior; Conservationists Concerned about Protections for Endangered Wildlife and Public Lands

WASHINGTON March 1, 2017 – Former Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke was confirmed by the U.S. Congress today as the new Secretary of the Interior under the Trump administration. Rep. Zinke has a worrisome record as a member of the House of Representatives, having voted against protections for endangered wildlife and public lands. Defenders sent a […]

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Senate Environment Committee Holds Hearing on ‘Modernizing’ Endangered Species Act

Washington Feb. 15, 2017 – The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held an oversight hearing today on the need for so-called “modernization” of the Endangered Species Act, America’s strongest law for protecting and preserving endangered and threatened species. Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, testified at today’s hearing. Clark—who spent […]

Posted inOp-Ed

Jamie Rappaport Clark: Malheur: Jury Verdict Exposes Federal Lands and Workers to Renewed Attacks

PORTLAND, Ore. October 28, 2016 – The trial of seven people involved in the armed takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon came to a close last night with the announcement of a jury verdict acquitting the defendants. The trial included federal charges brought against Ammon Bundy, the leader of an anti-government group […]

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Defenders of Wildlife Sounds Alarm on Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting Process

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reopened the public comment period on the proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) delisting rule for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem due to the scientific peer review and state regulations coming available. Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of […]

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