A grizzly bear walking past a pond, reflecting its image; woods in the background.


From the bald eagle to the griz­zly bear to the Amer­i­can alli­ga­tor, numer­ous icon­ic North Amer­i­can wildlife species have been saved from extinc­tion through a com­bi­na­tion of effec­tive habi­tat preser­va­tion and strong con­ser­va­tion mea­sures. Land­mark fed­er­al laws, includ­ing the Endan­gered Species Act (ESA) and the Migra­to­ry Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), have played a crit­i­cal role in these vic­to­ries for bio­di­ver­si­ty. Even so, habi­tat loss, over­har­vest­ing and oth­er human-caused stress­es con­tin­ue to threat­en wildlife pop­u­la­tions across the Unit­ed States. 


At a time when wildlife pro­tec­tions were more vital than ever, the Trump admin­is­tra­tion under­mined long­stand­ing stat­ues that had proven extreme­ly effec­tive. State attor­neys gen­er­al pushed back against the Trump administration’s efforts to weak­en these vital wildlife pro­tec­tions. State attor­neys gen­er­al defend­ed land­mark leg­is­la­tion like the MBTA and ESA through com­ments and lit­i­ga­tion, and fought to ensure that the threat of cli­mate change is includ­ed in the deci­sion-mak­ing process when deter­min­ing how to apply these laws.