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Wildlife Services Killed Nearly 1.6 Million Native Animals in 2016

USDA’s “Wildlife Services” program admitted killing 1,594,595 native animals in 2016: that’s an alarming 3 deaths per minute. The horrific death toll includes 997 bobcats, 415 gray wolves, 407 black bears, 21,286 beavers and 76,963 coyotes. The program also accidentally killed 39 domestic dogs. This scientifically senseless slaughter occurs to support agricultural interests at the expense of taxpayers, public safety and biodiversity. Learn more and join us in ending the war on wildlife.

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Progress in Protecting Chaco

A resolution defending the Greater Chaco region from fracking won approval in the New Mexico House of Representatives. House Memorial 70, “Protection of Chaco Landscape,” drew unprecedented support from Tribes and Pueblos. Although much more remains to be done to fully protect this sacred landscape from the oil and gas industry the resolution builds on a similar request from the Navajo Nation which asks the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to stop fracking in Greater Chaco until the agency can fully protect the landscape and its people.

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Clean Air for Colorado

Moving to safeguard public health, WildEarth Guardians has filed suit against Colorado Springs over thousands of Clean Air Act violations at the city’s Martin Drake coal-fired power plant. Over the years, the downtown power plant has failed to monitor air pollution from its smokestacks, putting nearby residents and local businesses at risk. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Denver, seeks to prevent future Clean Air Act violations at Martin Drake and to compel Colorado Springs Utilities to upgrade its monitoring systems and pay fines.

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Rethinking the Rio Grande

WildEarth Guardians unveiled its bold vision for conserving water and restoring flows to the Rio Grande in the report and website launched this month. The plan details the opportunity to move water stored in low-elevation reservoirs upstream to reservoirs located at higher elevations. Storing water in this manner would save a huge amount of water each year (otherwise lost to evaporation) and create the possibility of moving water downstream in a way that would bolster river flows and support native fish, wildlife and plants. 

Slider Photo credits: Beaver Creek Road View near Hogback Lookout, Helena National Forest— flickr creative commons, Forest Service Northern Region. wolf—Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife. Peabody sign—WildEarth Guardians. bald eagle—adobestock. prairie chicken—adobestock. Thumbprint photos: black bear— Chaco Culture—WildEarth Guardians. Martin Drake power plant—Denver Post. Rio Grande—Adriel Heisey. 


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