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Sea Otter floating
Sacramento, Calif.

Defenders of Wildlife Applauds Resolution Recognizing 20th Anniversary of Sea Otter Awareness Week 

Just ahead of World Otter Day on May 25, Defenders of Wildlife and Sea Otter Savvy are celebrating the passage of a resolution in the California Legislature recognizing the 20th anniversary of Sea Otter Awareness Week.
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Advocating for Biodiversity
Washington, DC

Hundreds of State Legislators Join Defenders of Wildlife in Calling for a National Biodiversity Strategy

Today, 365 legislators from 48 states and territories sent a letter to President Biden urging him to establish a national biodiversity strategy.
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Gray Wolf - Denali National Park - Alaska
McCall, Idaho

Defenders Criticizes Idaho Fish and Game Commission for Approving Lethal Wolf Control Funds

Defenders of Wildlife expressed disappointment in the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for authorizing $300,000 today for the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board to kill more wolves in areas where chronic livestock depredations have been reported or where ungulate populations are below management objectives.

Press Releases

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Newborn Gray Wolf Pups
SEATTLE, Wash.

Washington Wolf Population Growing Despite Many Deaths

Despite a number of deaths, primarily from vehicle collisions and legal tribal harvest, the Washington wolf population has increased, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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Mexican Gray Wolf stare
Santa Fe, NM

Revised Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Addresses Poaching

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft revision to its 2017 Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan. The plan is the result of a legal victory by Defenders of Wildlife and partners and outlines the ways the agency will address poaching and other human-caused deaths.
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Red wolf staring straight on
Columbia, NC

Release of Highly Endangered Red Wolves into Wild Gives Hope to Renewed Conservation

Following a successful legal battle, conservation groups hope the recent release of nine highly endangered red wolves into the wild is the first of many steps by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needed to save the world’s rarest canids that now number as few as 15 known animals in the wild.
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Gray Wolf Mother and Cubs - Montana

Wash. Department of Fish and Wildlife Proposing Lenient Wolf Killing Rules

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently accepting public comment on proposed rule changes to address how the state handles gray wolf-livestock conflict deterrence.
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Lone Mexican gray wolf
Albuquerque, NM

Mexican Gray Wolf Population Up By 5 Percent

Wildlife officials released the annual Mexican gray wolf population data today. There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the southwestern U.S. than at any time since the federal government started to reintroduce the endangered species.
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