America’s wildlife is under attack in the exact places we want them to be safe—federal public lands.
This week, President Trump signed legislation that turns 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska into killing fields. It reverses existing U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service protections and allows hunters to kill hibernating bears; chase grizzlies from helicopters to their deaths; shoot wolf pups and bear cubs in their dens; and use indiscriminate, cruel leg traps and neck snares on public lands.
Please support our work to stop the next attack before it begins by making public lands safe for wildlife.
National wildlife refuges and other public lands are not the safe haven for endangered wildlife that we may envision. Following the legislation signed by President Trump, even baby animals in national wildlife refuges in Alaska can be targeted. Wolves can be chased and killed by hounds. Whole packs of wolves—even those who have caused no problems for humans—can be taken out on federal land by state agencies. Lynx, wolves, wolverines, and other species can get caught in painful traps, sometimes left there for days.
Help the Endangered Species Coalition fight for the right of endangered wildlife to live safely on federal public lands.
The Endangered Species Coalition is working to protect endangered wildlife and the lands they need to survive around the country. While we work in Washington, D.C. to advance stronger nationwide protections, our skilled organizers are working on campaigns in their regions that include:
Opposing “hounding” on public lands that leads to the injury and death of wolves
Fighting for bans on cruel and indiscriminate trapping on public lands such as refuges
Pressuring the administration and states to increase funding for wildlife conservation and protection
Overhauling state wildlife commissions and agencies to put conservation first
Keeping grizzly bears and gray wolves protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Defending the Endangered Species Act from attacks in Congress
This is one of the most challenging periods for endangered species and wildlife protection in the last two decades. The Endangered Species Act itself is at risk and Congress is overturning many of the hard fought protections brought about by the last administration. These are difficult, lengthy fights, but we believe we can win them if our supporters stand up and speak out. Please support this work with a 100% tax-deductible donation today.
Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.
With the stroke of a pen, the new Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has cleared the way for massive new coal-mining operations on federal public land, including in essential wildlife habitat.
The short- and long-term effects could be catastrophic for wildlife, clean air and water, people, and the climate.
In response, Defenders has filed suit challenging this reckless decision, but we need your help.
Mark, it’s been nearly 40 years since the government last weighed the environmental impacts of coal mining on public lands. Since then, we’ve learned so much about the devastating effects of burning coal on our air, water and environment – in addition to its contribution to global warming.
Simply put: By opening these wildlands to coal development, the government is ignoring the harm more coal development will cause.
This is why the previous administration had put any new coal leasing on hold to take a closer look at the impacts – but Secretary Zinke has decided there’s no need to look before we leap into mining and burning more coal.
Much of the new coal-mining will occur in the Powder River Basin in northeastern Wyoming. The rolling hills, plains and rivers of this area are home to spiritual landmarks of great significance to the Native Americans who have lived there for millennia, and are vital habitat for fish and wildlife.
With the known consequences of mass-scale coal mining more frightening than ever, there is no justification for this dangerous and harmful action. That’s why we’re going to court – to speak out on behalf of wildlife and our nation’s lands and waters.
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President Trump is considering a drastic plan to rescind the national monument status of Utah’s Bears Ears. These spectacular public lands—spanning 1.35 million acres near Canyonlands National Park—have been home to Native American tribes for millennia.
Trump’s plan would leave the region vulnerable to oil and gas drilling, mining, and other dangers.
Urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to honor tribal heritage and protect this wildland from destruction.
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Trump Signs Bill to Bait, Trap, Kill Alaska Wolves, Bears
President Trump’s sick war on wildlife is taking off. Late Monday he quietly signed a bill that allows wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens and bears to be gunned down in bait stations in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges.
These refuges were designed to be a haven for animals, but they clearly won’t play that role under Trump. The bill also allows aerial gunning and the use of steel-jawed leghold traps to hold the animals in place until they can be shot.
Thanks to the 33,000 of you who took action urging Trump to veto this disgusting bill. The fight is not over. The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Trump administration three times in the past week, and the resistance movement is growing stronger by the day.
Suit Seeks to Save Carnivores From Deadly ‘Cyanide Bombs’
The Center and allies on Tuesday sued the Trump administration for failing to protect endangered species from two deadly pesticides used to kill coyotes and other native carnivores.
Our lawsuit seeks common-sense measures to prevent unintended deaths from sodium cyanide used in M-44s — also known as cyanide bombs — which killed an Oregon wolf in February, temporarily blinded a child, and killed three family dogs in two separate incidents in Idaho and Wyoming in March alone.
“Cyanide bombs are indiscriminate killers,” said the Center’s Collette Adkins. “These dangerous pesticides need to be banned, but until that happens, they shouldn’t be used where they can hurt people or kill pets and endangered wildlife.”
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