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Legal Action for Furbearers

Appalled 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.

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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.

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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 economies.


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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. 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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