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People and Wolves Can Co-exist

Jamie Rappoport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife

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Oct. 16, 2016

You care about wolves. And you and I will never give up on our quest to see wolf populations healthy and growing.

Majestic wolves must be free to run in the wild. But people pose the greatest threat to wolves today.

Wolf recovery is working. Wolves are now living in areas where they were once wiped out - places like Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and California. They are helping restore the balance of nature once again. But more wolves on the land brings more people into close contact with wolves. And when conflicts occur, the wolves are blamed. But it’s not their fault. They’re just doing what they’ve always done...looking for food and raising their young.

Reducing conflicts between wolves and people is one of the best ways to advance wolf recovery for the long term. I hope you'll take a moment to watch our video for a glimpse into what we're doing to help people and wolves live together.

We must never accept a "shoot first and ask questions later" approach to living with wolves, or any wildlife. Too much hard work has gone into the decades of gray wolf recovery efforts that have brought these amazing creatures back from the brink in the lower 48 states.

There is still a lot of work to be done. And Defenders of Wildlife is here to do it.

We're partnering with landowners, livestock producers, biologists, community leaders, other conservationists and state and tribal agencies to develop creative flag fencing and range riders that reduce the chances that livestock will encounter wolves. Our smart solutions are aimed at creating important dialogues and finding solutions while always putting the wolves first.

Together, you and I can save more wildlife – from wolves to panthers, bears to black-footed ferrets.

Watch our video to learn more about how we’re making it happen.

I hope you feel good knowing you are part of the solution when you support Defenders of Wildlife. You are helping wildlife thrive in their natural habitats and helping people appreciate the wild world around them.


Jaime Rappaport Clark

Jamie Rappaport Clark

President, Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. Watch our video now to learn how your support for Defenders of Wildlife is helping wildlife and people coexist.

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