URGENT: Four Mexican gray wolves caught in leg traps in New Mexico. Many more leg hold traps, snares and poisons are found across the New Mexico landscape.

Will you chip in right now to help provide the resources we need to fight for these wolves – in the field, in court, and in Washington, D.C.?

Chamois Andersen

Senior Representative, Rockies and Plains Program
307-460-8079
candersen@defenders.org

Areas of Expertise: American bison, black-footed ferret, prairie dogs

Chamois Andersen Chamois Andersen is responsible for advancing the Defenders' conservation programs for the American Bison and endangered black-footed ferret in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Her work involves collaborating with conservation partners and state and federal agencies, as well as conducting education and outreach. She facilitates partnerships with tribes across the West for bison recovery efforts and with private landowners and land managers for recovery and habitat conservation for the endangered black-footed ferret.  

Chamois Andersen has a background in natural resource communications. She began her career as an environmental reporter and later led public affairs programs for state wildlife agencies, including the Colorado Division of Wildlife and California Fish and Game.

Andersen also worked for Island Press as a consultant on a United Nations project called the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a global inventory of the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide to human health and well-being. She has written and edited numerous conservation plans for threatened and endangered species, provided comments on land management plans, and produced reports and communications for a wide array of audiences. Andersen also served as Communications Director for the Environment and Natural Resource Program at the University of Wyoming and as Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. Both roles involved development partnerships, participating in collaborative processes for contentious wildlife issues, and conducting government relations. Andersen believes strategic communications and stakeholder and government relations are key to the successful recovery of our imperiled species and the habitats upon which they depend.

Andersen has B.A. degrees in English and Journalism, from the Colorado College (93')and University of Arizona (89').

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