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Illegal Coal Mining Targeted in Colorado

With new coal mining threatening local communities, the climate, and clean energy, WildEarth Guardians took aim at illegal federal approvals at three active mines in Colorado. The legal filings seek to halt expansions of these mines, collectively keeping nearly 90 million tons of coal in the ground and more than 150 million metric tons of carbon out of our atmosphere.

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We're On the Offense for Wolverines, Lynx

In July, WildEarth Guardians defended quiet winter landscapes that provide important habitat for wolverine, lynx, grizzly, and big game from snowmobiles on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. We filed an objection to the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow extensive snowmobile use across the forest’s 3.35 million acres.

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Killing Program’s Outrageous Death Toll

“Wildlife Services,” the federal wildlife killing program, used our tax dollars to kill over 1.6 million native animals last year, including 731 bobcats, 1,511 gray foxes, 1,534 red foxes, 20,334 black tailed prairie dogs, 480 black bears, 21,557 beavers, 69,905 coyotes, 284 cougars, 384 gray wolves and one critically endangered Mexican wolf. These horrifying numbers highlight the urgent need for reform of the rogue program.

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Chaco Canyon Frack Plans Pulled

Amidst increasing pressure, plans to auction off more than 2,000 acres of publicly owned oil and gas leases for fracking near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park have been canceled by the Bureau of Land Management. WildEarth Guardians joined a broad coalition of groups earlier this year in calling on the agency to abandon its plans.

Slider Photo credits: Bears Ears, Northwest Colorado—Jeffrey Beall, Creative Commons, Flickr. lesser prairie chicken—Greg Kramos, USFWS. cows—WildEarth Guardians. Thumbprint photos: Peabody coal mining—WiildEarth Guardians. wolverine—Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife. bobcat—dollarphotoclub.com Chaco mark—WildEarth Guardians. 

 

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