Legal Action for Furbearers
by the killing of nearly 60,000 bobcats annually, WildEarth Guardians and
Western Environmental Law Center filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to require a public review of massive wildlife killing for exported
furs. Wolves, lynx, and other native wildlife are trapped or otherwise killed
each year to send animal pelts and pieces to China and Russia for products such
as fur coats.
Large Opposition to Fracking
In a bid to protect New Mexico's water, air, and climate, Guardians and a
coalition of environmental groups have filed suit challenging the Obama
administration's plan to allow fracking in the Santa Fe National Forest. The
Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service auctioned more than 20,000
acres of oil and gas leases on the Santa Fe National Forest in 2015 despite
more than a hundred protest
letters from citizens and organizations.
Just Transition Now
The Obama Administration is moving to reform the way our publicly
owned coal is managed and this May and June, a series of public hearings
are planned. Our message is clear: it's time to help the western U.S.
move on from coal; it's time for Just Transition.
As industry collapses, it's our opportunity to keep coal in the ground
and help communities transition to more sustainable and prosperous
Protections Sought for Rare Gopher
The ultra-rare Wyoming pocket gopher lives a solitary life
underground, in isolated pockets of habitat in Wyoming’s Red Desert.
Scientists have discovered only 79 individuals, and the pocket gopher’s
known range is almost entirely covered with wall-to-wall drilling
proposals. Without federal safeguards, this charismatic creature may not
survive the onslaught, so we've petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the pocket gopher under the Endangered Species Act.
Slider Photo credits: Mexican wolf pup—Endangered Wolf Center. Ruby mountains private posting—WildEarth Guardians. grizzlies—Sam Parks Photography. New Mexico restoration site—WildEarth Guardians. Thumbprint photos: bobcat face—Adobe Stock. Santa Fe National Forest—Artotem, Creative Commons, Flickr. Just Transition banner—WildEarth Guardians. Wyoming pocket gopher—Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. Lightbox: prairie dogs—Sandy Nervig
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