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Conservationists to Challenge Insufficient Lynx Habitat Protection (press release 9.12.14)

Feds Fail to Protect Huge Swaths of Rare Cat’s Habitat; Undermine its Recovery

Today, Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Rare Lynx Finally Gain Federal Protection Throughout The U.S. (press release 9.11.14)

However, Feds Fall Short in Revising Critical Habitat; Challenge Announced

After eight years of advocacy and litigation by WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) and the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) finally...

USDA’s Controversial Wildlife Services Refuses to Help Endangered Ocelot (press release 9.3.14)

Wildlife groups announce plans to sue to protect the rare cat from unlawful snares and traps.

Today, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and WildEarth Guardians (Guardians), represented by the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), notified the United States Department of Agriculture’s (...

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