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Protections Sought for Rare Gopher

The ultra-rare Wyoming pocket gopher lives a solitary life underground, in isolated pockets of habitat in Wyoming’s Red Desert. Scientists have discovered only 79 individuals, and the pocket gopher’s known range is almost entirely covered with wall-to-wall drilling proposals. Without federal safeguards, this charismatic creature may not survive the onslaught, so we've petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the pocket gopher under the Endangered Species Act.

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Forcing Accountability for the Rio Grande

Our fight to give the Rio Grande a right to its own water ramped up this spring. Guardians is taking the State Engineer to court to ensure the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District is only using the water it needs and calling for the return of any excess water to the river. We also filed the first ever application to protect environmental flows in the Rio Chama and Rio Grande in central New Mexico.


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Challenge Against Inadequate Protections

Sage grouse require vast unspoiled basins to survive, so protecting these rare and charismatic birds is key to public land conservation across 11 western states. Federal planning efforts started off strong, with agency recommendations based on sound science. But bureaucratic bungling and political appeasement ultimately won out, leaving sensitive habitats with weak, inadequate protections. Guardians and our allies are heading to court to get sage grouse the protections they deserve.


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Leaders Urged to End Sheep Grazing

WildEarth Guardians and our conservation partners want sheep grazing ended on 16,000 acres of public lands along the Montana/Idaho border, and the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, ID closed to protect wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has joined us by urging Montana Senators Daines and Tester as well as Congressman Zinke to remove domestic sheep from Federal lands.

Slider Photo credits: Mexican wolf—John W Iwanski, Creative Commons/Flickr. Ruby mountains private posting—WildEarth Guardians. grizzlies—Sam Parks Photography. New Mexico restoration site—WildEarth Guardians. Mexican wolf—Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team.  Thumbprint photos: Wyoming pocket gopher—Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. Rio Grande mark—WildEarth Guardians. greater sage grouse—Joel Sartore with permission. grizzly bear—Sam Parks Photography. Lightbox: prairie dogs—Sandy Nervig

 

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