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Oregon's Pioneering Vision for Wolves

Young Idaho Wolf ( Oregon wolves got a tremendous boost last month as Governor John Kitzhaber helped shepherd the passage of the most innovative wolf coexistence bills in the country. The historic legislation was passed unanimously in both houses of the state legislature.

The law -- developed collaboratively by wolf conservationists and ranchers -- includes compensation for wolf predations and funds important non-lethal coexistence tools for keeping wolves and livestock safe. Governor Kitzhaber was the only western governor to refute the backdoor delisting of wolves in the Northern Rockies.

Take Action Now: Thank Governor Kitzhaber for giving wolves in Oregon a brighter future for survival.

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Withering Hope

President ObamaHis was a candidacy of promise and hope -- of change from one of the most anti-environment administrations in decades.

But more than two and a half years into his term, President Obama's record on conservation has left more than something to be desired.

Defenders' President Rodger Schlickeisen takes a look at the Obama administration's record -- and how it needs to be improved.

Read Rodger's article on the Defenders Blog.

Wins for Wildlife

Ruling for Polar Bears
There’s finally some good news for polar bears. A federal judge upheld the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to protect polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Defenders' legal team continues to fight in court for full protections under the ESA.
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Polar bear (USFWS)

Sharks Bill Advances
California's anti-shark finning bill overwhelmingly passed a key committee vote and is headed for a full vote in the state Senate later this summer. More than 4,000 Defenders supporters answered the call and urged committee members to help stop the shark slaughter.
Learn more about California's shark finning bill with our fact sheet (PDF)

Hammerhead shark (c) Barry Peters

Governors Support Improved Climate Science
Western governors have signed on to an agreement in support of better delivery and development of science to boost preparedness for climate-related disasters. Defenders has been a leading advocate for facilitating wildlife adaptation to climate change.
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Sunset over Everglades (Photo: NPS)
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Batty for Guano!

Emerging Wildlife Conservation LeadersAs a promising young conservation leader, Defenders' Alli Srinivas is knee-deep in bat guano.

But it's all for a good cause. Harvesting bat poop -- which is used primarily as a fertilizer -- can have big impacts on these docile cave dwellers. As part of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, Alli and her colleagues are searching for safe ways to get at the goo without harming bats.

This program not only provides valuable training for Alli and other future leaders in wildlife conservation, it also gives a better future for bats and other wildlife.

Learn more on the Defenders Blog.

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Creature Feature

Black-footed Ferret
Black-Footed Ferret (Photo: National Park Service)Rare black-footed ferrets eat, sleep and raise their young in the burrows of their favorite prey: prairie dogs.

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