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Big Win: Wildlife Services Halts Use of M-44s in Colorado

We just won an important reprieve for Colorado wildlife under attack by the USDA's Wildlife Services.

In response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians, the program has agreed to temporarily halt the use of M-44s — deadly, exploding cyanide capsules employed to kill animals — while it completes a new environmental analysis.

Also in response to our lawsuit, the USDA won't participate, fund, or approve hunting or trapping of black bears or mountain lions as part of a questionable study on the effects on mule deer.

"We're thrilled that Colorado wildlife are getting a break from Wildlife Services' deadly work," said the Center's Collette Adkins. "The new analysis resulting from our lawsuit will reveal Wildlife Services' killing is scientifically unsound, ineffective and cruel."

Thanks to those who donated to help us fight Wildlife Services. Read more in U.S. News & World Report.

Frostpaw and Center staff in Bonn

Center in Bonn: Urging Global Leaders to Climate Action

Center staffers are in Bonn, Germany, for the United Nations climate conference to push for real, global action on the climate crisis — and to unveil a new report today on California's dirty oil production.

Our newest study finds that the majority of oil produced in California is as climate-damaging as Canadian tar sands crude. The report further details how California's policies boost oil and gas development, stifling the state's climate progress.

We held a press briefing two days before California Gov. Jerry Brown begins a series of speeches at the conference.

"Jerry Brown is hailed as America's de facto climate leader under Trump, but his state's dirty oil is actually a major contributor to global warming," said the Center's Jean Su.

Read more in our press release and check out scientist John Fleming's first-person piece in Medium.

Lawsuit Launched to Save Florida Lizard

Florida Keys mole skink

We're heading to court to fight the Trump administration's decision to deny protection to the Florida Keys mole skink under the Endangered Species Act.

The administration refused in October to protect the skink, despite threats from flooding caused by rising seas, which are expected to inundate nearly half the lizard's coastal habitat and underground burrows by 2060 and accelerate through century's end. The skink is also threatened by urban sprawl.

"Without help the Florida Keys mole skink is headed for extinction," said the Center's Elise Bennett. Read more.


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A Hunt in Wyoming? Yellowstone Grizzlies Deserve Better

Yellowstone grizzly bear

This month wildlife officials in Wyoming will hold a series of meetings about hunting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Trophy hunts could begin as early as next spring. These bears, which lost their Endangered Species Act protection this summer, deserve better than being killed for their skins and heads.

If you live in Wyoming, please attend one of these public meetings to speak out against grizzly hunts. Also check out the Center's Andrea Santarsiere's new op-ed in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Jaguar video art installation

Eco-political artist Lauren Strohacker projects images of jaguars on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border wall to call attention to the big cats' historical migration path and threats posed by border wall expansion. Find out more about Lauren's projects.


Climate Report Reveals Trump's 'Terrifying' Recklessness

The feds' just-released National Climate Assessment declares we're in the warmest period "in the history of modern civilization" due to greenhouse gases.

Said the Center's Shaye Wolf, "The contrast between this stark scientific warning and Trump's reckless support for dirty fossil fuels is simply terrifying."

Despite the alarm bells sounded by the report, "Trump's team of climate deniers are twisting themselves into pretzels to justify blocking climate action," Wolf said. "If America's leaders don't start listening to scientists, the whole world is going to pay a truly terrible price."

Get more from Common Dreams.

Rubber Dodo 2017 — You Be the Judge

Rubber Dodo Award

It's time to pick the most outrageous eco-villain of 2017, and the Center needs your help.

For 10 years we've given out the Rubber Dodo annually to spotlight those who are destroying wild places, driving species extinct, and tearing down the planet's life-support system. Named after the most famous extinct species on Earth, this award does not come with a cash prize.

Trump would be too easy, so we're digging deeper — into the White House cabinet and a far-right Congress determined to do everything they can to wreak ruin. Vote now.

Katie Lee

In Memoriam: Katie Lee, Fierce Defender of Canyons

Katie Lee — dedicated, fiery, and an outrageously profane defender of the Southwest's canyons and rivers — died at 98 last week in Jerome, Ariz. A dear friend and Center accomplice, Katie loved the Grand Canyon as no one else did, posing for a famous series of nude art photographs in Glen Canyon in 1957 shortly after the Bureau of Reclamation announced it would be inundated by Glen Canyon Dam. The photos and her activism helped launch today's movement to protect rivers and bring down destructive dams all around the country.

Abandoning a burgeoning career as a Hollywood actress, singer and radio entertainer, Katie spent some 60 years, right up to her death, working to save wild desert places in every way she could. She sang songs about the desert, wrote books about the Colorado River, and traveled the country passionately motivating others to become activists. Most recently she was featured in the award-winning 2014 documentary DamNation.

Katie never rested.

Read more about her legacy in Outside.

Check Out Our Fall Membership Newsletter

Center Fall 2017 newsletter cover

The Center's fall print newsletter is now online.

Check out stories about saving West Coast wolves, Yellowstone grizzlies, whales, national monuments and more.

Each edition includes pieces by staff closest to highlighted campaigns, plus a message straight from our executive director. We make this members-only newsletter available to online supporters as thanks for taking action — but please consider becoming a member today, helping even more. Just call us toll free at 1-866-357-3349 x 323 or visit our website to learn more and donate.

Read our membership newsletter now.

Coho salmon hatchlings

Wild & Weird: The Cutest Things You'll See Hatch Today

Coho salmon are awesome: They're anadromous — meaning they're born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, grow into adults, then travel back to fresh water to spawn — and an important food source for wildlife and people alike. Four populations are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

As hatchlings, they're pretty darn cute ... and a little weird to boot.

Check out this video of coho salmon hatching on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

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Photo credits: Black bear by NaturesFan/Flickr; Frostpaw and Jean Su in Bonn courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; Florida Keys mole skink courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; mailboxes by Naoto Sato/Flickr; Yellowstone grizzly bear by Shane Lin/Flickr; video still of jaguar video installation by Lauren Strohacker; smokestack by Joe Brusky/Flickr; Rubber Dodo award courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; Katie Lee courtesy katydoodit.com; Fall 2017 newsletter courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; video still of Coho salmon hatchlings by Florian Graner/USFWS.

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