Temporary Reprieve for Alexander Archipelago Wolves

Earlier this year we posted about the tragic wolf hunting season on Prince of Wales Island, where 97% of the known population, based on the last estimate, were killed. This unprecedented killing occurred because the harvest limit was lifted for the 2019-2020 season by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), despite the apparent success of previous, lower wolf-trapping …

Trump Sued over Ambler Road Approval

Trustees for Alaska and several other organization are suing the Trump administration over their illegal approval of the Ambler Road. The lawsuit charges agencies with violating ANILCA, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, and other laws. Alaskans for Wildlife is a co-litigant on the lawsuit. Check out the full document here.

Trump Approves ANWR Drilling

Today, the Trump administration finalized it’s plan to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. This move overturns nearly five decades of effort to protect ANWR from drilling, with environmental groups fighting to block drilling since the Reagan administration.  The Interior Department has completed the required reviews, and has said it will began …

Ambler Road Approved

The Trump administration has approved a 211-mile road through a remote stretch of northwestern Alaska. The road is meant to aid in the development of the Ambler mining district, which will mostly be developed by a Canadian company. The road will not be open to the public. The road crosses through several environmentally critical areas, and is considered highly controversial. …

Save Bristol Bay: the FEIS is Here

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay has been released. The FEIS shows that more than 191 miles of streams and 4,614 acres of wetlands would be impacted if phase one of the proposed Pebble mine advances. 185 miles and 3,841 acres would be permanently impacted. All in all, the FEIS shows significant destruction …

BC Study Finds No Evidence to Support Predator Control

A new study released in British Columbia has found no evidence that the government-sponsored killing of wolves there has had any effect on the population of endangered caribou. The new research directly questions an earlier study that was used to justify the BC government’s wolf killing program. The implications of this new study are profound. Shortly after the earlier study …

The Government Agency Planting “Cyanide Bombs”

Wildlife Services (WS), an obscure federal agency operating under the US Department of Agriculture, kills large numbers of wildlife each year using such inhumane methods on behalf of agricultural interests. In 2018 alone, WS exterminated nearly 1.5 million native animals.  One method used is M-44s, or “cyanide bombs”, which are spring loaded tubes that send a spray of cyanide poison …

Military Land Grab in Nevada

Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest federal refuge in the lower 48, home to many rare and threatened species— including bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the Democrat led House Armed Services Committee has recently green lighted giving 850,000 acres of the Desert Refuge to the Air Force to use as an …

A Win for Yellowstone Grizzlies

A highly significant win for Yellowstone grizzlies has been cast by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals! The court has decided to uphold a 2018 ruling that the Trump administration violated the Endangered Species Act when they removed protection from the iconic grizzly.  The court has ruled that the Yellowstone grizzly must remain protected under the Act,  and explained that …