Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction.

Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health.

For more information, or to contact Defenders of Wildlife, see their website at: www.defenders.org

» Recent News

Alaska Game Board Approves Aerial Killing of Wolves
04 Nov 03 | Today the Alaska Board of Game approved permits that will allow the shooting of large numbers of wolves either directly from airplanes or after chasing the animals to the point of exhaustion and then landing the aircraft to kill the them on foot.

Interior Spending Bill Threatens Environment
03 Nov 03 | Defenders of Wildlife today was strongly critical of H.R. 2691, the final Interior appropriations bill, saying it cuts funding for the landmark Conservation Trust Fund by nearly half a billion dollars, among other restrictions.

Scientists Reject Moves to Remove Wolf Protections
28 May 02 | The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft rule also would end prospects for the species to return to vast areas of the wolf's former range in the Northeast, Northwest, northern California and the southern Rockies, according to the letter. However...

Kerry Amendment's Defeat Ensures Environmentally Harmful Trade Bill
22 May 02 | Defenders of Wildlife today warned that defeat of the Kerry Amendment in the Senate virtually ensures environmental opposition to the final Fast Track trade bill. "The current Fast Track bill is an environmental nightmare," said Carroll Muffett, ...

Federal Judge Rules That Cattle Grazing on Public Lands Prompting Buffalo Slaughter Should Be Halted
13 May 02 | United States Magistrate Judge John Facciola today ruled that livestock grazing on the Horse Butte allotment near Yellowstone Park that has prompted continued slaughter of Yellowstone's buffalo should be temporarily halted. Judge Facciola ...

Statement of Mark Shaffer, Defenders of Wildlife Senior Vice President for Programs, on Farm Bill Consideration in Senate
08 May 02 | This farm bill represents at least three lost opportunities to correct for past failed agricultural policies. The farm bill also misses an opportunity to develop sound federal policy for meeting agricultural risk and providing small and medium ...

Environmental Groups Report Public Lands Funding Gap
08 May 02 | Citing major shortfalls in funding for public lands, Defenders of Wildlife and other national environmental groups today released This Land Is Our Land: Saving America's Natural Heritage and called on Congress to increase funding for wildlife and ...

Kids, Sea Otters are Big Winners in Essay Contest
06 May 02 | from a completely different point of view in her winning essay for Defenders of Wildlife's 2002 Sea Otter Essay Contest. Roughly 2,000 sea otters remain and are essential to the health of nearshore marine ecosystems off California.

Kids, Florida Black Bears are Big Winners in Essay Contest
06 May 02 | Jacqueline Squires of Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School decided to take a completely different point of view to approach the topic "The Florida Black Bear An Umbrella Species" in her winning essay for Defenders of Wildlife's 2002 Florida ...

Wolf Coalition Urges US Fish and Wildlife Agency Not To Abandon Northeast Wolf Restoration
01 May 02 | A coalition of national, regional and local conservation organizations released a letter today to Secretary Gale Norton, U.S. Department of Interior, urging the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) not to abandon wolf restoration efforts in the ...

Groups Ask For Strong Wolf Protections
01 May 02 | A coalition of more than 20 conservation and animal welfare organizations, including the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and the Humane Society of the United States, as well as numerous regional groups, today called on Interior Secretary Gale ...

Statement by Rodger Schlickeisen on Farm Bill Conference Agreement
26 Apr 02 | "The Farm Bill emerging from negotiations between the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives shortchanges independent farmers and conservation, opting instead for business as usual, feeding the insatiable maw of commodity programs. Rather than ...

Defenders Works with Rural Community so Kids Can Play Safely
26 Apr 02 | The Wyoming Game and Fish Department worked with local residents to identify ways of reducing human-bear conflicts and promoting acceptance of bear recovery. "People love bears and people love kids, this is an excellent project to encourage ...

Senate Energy Bill Sets Stage for Environmentally-Perilous House-Senate Conference
26 Apr 02 | Defenders of Wildlife today warned that energy legislation approved by the Senate could lead to an environmentally damaging compromise with the House, which passed its version of energy legislation last summer. Through a series of amendments, the ...

Plan to Kill Predators of Sage Grouse Throughout Southern Idaho Put on Hold
25 Apr 02 | Faced with a lawsuit by four conservation organizations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to postpone a plan to kill foxes, badgers, coyotes, ravens and other species of wildlife in southern Idaho for one year. On April 17, the Committee...

Environmental Groups Detail Rollbacks of Federal Wildlife Protections by Bush Administration - Legal Action to Protect Florida Manatee Announced
17 Apr 02 | The Bush Administration has engaged in a wide-ranging assault on environmental and wildlife protections, according to "Open Season on America's Wildlife: The Bush Administration's Attacks on Federal Wildlife Protections," a new report released ...

Reward Offered in Killing of California Sea Otter
11 Mar 02 | Defenders of Wildlife is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the February killing of a sea otter found in Santa Barbara County. The sea otter is protected under both the federal ...

Defenders Launches Wildlife-Friendly Coffee Line
06 Mar 02 | Just start the morning with a cup of "Java Forest," Defenders of Wildlife's new line of organic, fair-trade certified premium coffees, grown in the shade under natural vegetation that preserves important wildlife habitat. "Java Forest" coffee is ...

Government Reports Reveal Toxic Legacy of Alaska Wildlife Refuge Oil Drilling
01 Mar 02 | These studies point to the need for further study of damage caused by oil production in Kenai and other National Wildlife Refuges, as well as the importance of keeping industrial development out of the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "...

Report exposes 'Corporate America's Trojan Horse in the states'
28 Feb 02 | "Influence peddling to shape government laws to suit corporate special interests is not just a Washington phenomenon," Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen said. The report - titled "Corporate America's Trojan Horse in the States: ...

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