Lawsuits Challenge USDA's Wildlife Services' Killing of Wolves, Other Animals (News 3/6/15)


The second lawsuit in three weeks has been filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program over the federally sanctioned killing of wolves and other wildlife.

Got Milk? Got Manure! (News 3/3/15)


Andrea Rodgers is an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center and is based in Seattle, Washington. Charlie Tebbutt is an attorney based in Eugene, Oregon, with his own law practice, the Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt, P.C.

Image for this story: CAFO Lagoons in Whatcom County

Conservationists Challenge Wildlife Services’ Authority to Kill Wolves in Washington (Press Release 3/3/15)

Wildlife Services Activities Threaten Wolf Recovery, Healthy Ecosystems

Today, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) on behalf of five conservation groups, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program challenging its authority to kill endangered wolves in Washington state.

Dairy Farm Pollution Costs Lummi Nation (News 1/16/15)


Whatcom County’s booming dairy and agricultural industry has cost Lummi Nation shellfish harvesters millions of dollars already, and a recent closure of shellfish beds in Portage Bay is adding to the tally.

Lawmakers to consider efforts to regulate manure spraying (Yakima Herald Republic, 12.28.14)


When the Legislature convenes in January, one of many new proposals up for debate will be rules to make farmers who use manure as fertilizer subject to the same regulations as dairies that produce the manure.
A program proposed by the state Department of Agriculture would license manure applicators and require farms to develop application plans and keep records as a way to protect surface water and groundwater from pollution, which can occur when too much manure is applied.

Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines (press release 10.20.14)

Suit Challenges Feds’ Failure to Protect Rare Carnivore from Extinction

Today, a unique coalition of conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, anglers, and an ecologist sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in U.S. District Court of Montana for refusing to protect rare wolverines from extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fewer than 300 wolverines remain in the contiguous United States.

With Huckleberry Wolf Pack in Crosshairs, Conservation Groups Appeal to Gov. Inslee to Require Rules Limiting Killing of Washington’s Endangered Wolves (press release, 8.28.14)


Eight conservation groups filed an appeal with Governor Jay Inslee today to reverse the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s denial of a petition asking for enforceable rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock depredations.

As Oysters Die, Climate Policy Goes on the Stump (New York Times, 8.3.14)


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Billions of baby oysters in the Pacific inlets here are dying and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington is busy spreading the bad news.

Helicopter gunners kill at least 1 Huckleberry Pack wolf (Spokesman-Review, 8.24.14)


The first wolf was killed in a helicopter gunning operation to stave off attacks on a flock of 1,800 sheep in northeastern Washington Saturday evening. The kill apparently came shortly after Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials announced they had decided to kill at least four members of the Huckleberry Pack.

Washington Department of Wildlife Secretly Sends Aerial Gunners for Wolf Pack (press release, 8.23.14)

Agency Sends Helicopter to Gun Down Huckleberry Pack Despite Assurances to Rely on Nonlethal Means to Curb Loss of Livestock

Conservation groups learned today that the Washington Department of Wildlife has abandoned nonlethal measures to deter further loss of sheep and instead use a helicopter to gun down members of the Huckleberry wolf pack. The groups learned that the department was unsuccessful today, but plans to return at first light Sunday in southeast Stevens County.  

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