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Ban On Rat Poisons in State Parks Heads to Governor

Ban On Rat Poisons in State Parks Heads to Governor

Legislation: A bill that would ban use of increasingly controversial rodent poisons in state parks and wildlife refuges is on its way to the Governor's desk after passing both houses of the California Legislature.
Wildlife Corridor Between Angeles National Forest Lands Gets Funding

Wildlife Corridor Between Angeles National Forest Lands Gets Funding

Legislation: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to help fund the acquisition of 74 acres in Agua Dulce as part of a critical wildlife corridor connecting two major sections of the Angeles National Forest.
House Passes Four Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

House Passes Four Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

Legislation: The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a package of four bills that would drastically change the way the Federal government protects endangered and threatened species, but the White House has pledged to veto at least one of the four.
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Rat Poison Company Sues California to Block Wildlife Protection Law

Rat Poison Company Sues California to Block Wildlife Protection Law

Commentary: Reckitt Benckiser, which sells a rat poison implicated in the deaths of at least 25 species of wildlife in California,, is suing to prevent a ban on retail sales of its rodenticide. In response, wildlife defenders are calling for a boycott of Reckitt Benckiser's many other products.
When it Comes to Wildlife, Clamping Down on New National Monuments is a Bad Idea

When it Comes to Wildlife, Clamping Down on New National Monuments is a Bad Idea

Commentary: A bill making its way through Congress would impose strict limits on designations of new National Monuments. In essence, it would gut one of the most powerful legal tools California wildlife has at its disposal.
State Law or Not, Orca Shows Need to Go

State Law or Not, Orca Shows Need to Go

Commentary: Whether or not a recent piece of legislation in California turns out to be the appropriate way to address the captive performing orca issue, one thing is certain.
Expert: There's a Problem With Fish and Wildlife's Enforcement of Bird Law

Expert: There's a Problem With Fish and Wildlife's Enforcement of Bird Law

Birds: There's a problem with the way the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforces one of the nation's oldest environmental laws, according to a new article in a leading East Coast law review journal.
Drought Bill Sets Up Water Fight in U.S. House

Drought Bill Sets Up Water Fight in U.S. House

Legislation: A bill by Central Valley lawmakers would halt the restoration of the San Joaquin River and send more water to farmers, but opponents say such legislation would make no difference in the drought.
California Law Would Ban Butts -- From Cigarettes, That Is

California Law Would Ban Butts -- From Cigarettes, That Is

Legislation: Citing the immense damage to wildlife and public health caused by discarded cigarette filters, a California legislator is seeking to ban sales of filter-tipped cigarettes in the state.
New California State Law Saves Mountain Lion Cub

New California State Law Saves Mountain Lion Cub

Mammals: An apparently orphaned mountain lion cub found in Buellton seems to be the first beneficiary of a new law requiring that that law enforcement use non-lethal control methods for pumas when no humans are at risk.
Bill Would Gut Endangered Species Act

Bill Would Gut Endangered Species Act

Legislation: A bill recently introduced into the Senate and the House of Representatives would, in our analysis, add insurmountable hurdles to protecting new species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as well as mandating significant government handouts to private developers.
California is First State to Ban Lead Ammo in Hunters' Guns

California is First State to Ban Lead Ammo in Hunters' Guns

Legislation: A bill signed Friday by Governor Jerry Brown will make it illegal to use lead ammunition for hunting, making California the first state to ban the heavy metal from hunters' shot and bullets.
Bobcats Win Partial Protection From Trapping in California

Bobcats Win Partial Protection From Trapping in California

Legislation: A year-long campaign to place serious restrictions on trapping wild bobcats in California has hit a milestone, as California's governor signed a law banning the practice near national and state parks and other areas where wildlife is protected.