Responding to Congressional requests and well over a hundred thousand letters from the public, the Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General confirmed today that it plans to conduct an audit of the USDA’s controversial Wildlife Services predator control program. Every year,...continued→
Feature: Wolves in the Rockies
Fighting for the Gray Wolf's Recovery
Gray wolves once roamed the United States from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, wolves were intensively killed in staggering numbers, eradicating them from almost all of the lower-48 by the 1930s. Today, wolves have mounted a comeback, but their recovery is far from certain. Congress, for example, recently kicked wolves in Idaho and Montana off the endangered species list, which opens the door for hundreds of wolves to be killed.
Today, NRDC is increasing its efforts to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock in the Northern Rockies. This work is critically important, as many wolves are killed in response to conflicts with livestock. Ultimately, NRDC fights to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for wolves in the Northern Rockies.
In August, the Fish and Wildlife Service made news by trying to exclude certain scientists from peer reviewing their proposed rule removing endangered species protections for wolves across most of the US. As a scientist who works to ensure that...continued→
Last week, Representatives DeFazio (D-OR), Campbell (R-CA), and Peters (D-CA) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s internal watchdog, its Office of Inspector General (OIG), asking them to prioritize a planned audit of Wildlife Services’ predator control program...continued→
The entire NRDC family is devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved trustee, Joy Covey. Joy was an extraordinary businesswoman, adventurer, friend, and mother whose passion and intelligence will be sorely missed. Joy didn’t do things in half measure....continued→
Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee’s Tom Knudsen released an email from Todd Grimm, Western District Supervisor of Wildlife Services, breaking down the exact cost of killing wolves by shooting them from helicopters. The numbers were pretty shocking: $865/hour for the helicopter...continued→
We had already been rafting for several hours when we saw the wolf. I had expected to see wildlife during our trip through Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the scene unfolding before us was a special treat. It started...continued→
Posted August 12, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler
Here at NRDC we’ve long been critical of Wildlife Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that kills tens of thousands of native carnivores like coyotes, wolves, foxes, and badgers every year, mostly at the behest of the livestock...continued→
I am currently at a scientific conference where I just gave a talk on the importance of scientists engaging in the public process through which the government uses scientific information to inform policy. In addition to working on such policy...continued→
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah legislature is poised to pay a political action group called Big Game Forever $300,000 to lobby in favor of removing wolves from the endangered species list in the lower-48. That would...continued→
An important paper was published in Conservation Letters last month, “License to kill: reforming federal wildlife control to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function.” Authored by seven biologists from different colleges and universities around the country, the essay signals a key...continued→