Fact Sheet
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What Defenders Is Doing to Help Gray Wolves

For decades, Defenders has been a leader in promoting wolf recovery throughout their natural ranges.

We were one of the driving forces behind their successful reintroduction in 1995 and 1996 into the Northern Rockies and greater Yellowstone region and led the way to reintroduce wolves to the Southwest in 1998.

Unfortunately, wolves today continue to face threats to their survival and Defenders continues to work on the ground, in the courts, and in state and federal legislatures to give America's wolves a lasting future.

Ensuring a Lasting Future for Gray Wolves >>
As advocates for wolves, Defenders is actively challenging state wildlife agencies and legislatures on reckless wolf management policies , exposing threats to wolves to help ensure a long-term future of a healthy, sustainable wolf population.

Helping Ranchers Coexist with Wolves >>
Defenders has pioneered practical solutions to help livestock and wolves coexist on the same landscape. We’re working with ranchers across the West to develop nonlethal deterrents, better animal husbandry practices, and other innovative tools that minimize conflict and build social acceptance for wolves.

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