Defenders mourns the loss of FWS Director Sam Hamilton

Statement on the passing of Sam Hamilton

(02/22/2010) -

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement by Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife.

“Sam Hamilton had made great strides in unifying and mobilizing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after what was a long and difficult eight years under the last administration. He brought integrity and biological creativity back to the agency.

"Sam dedicated much of his professional career to the service, rising up in its ranks until September 2009, when he became director. Throughout his decades of service, he touched many of us, both in and outside of the agency, with his commitment to conservation. He was an inspiring leader who will be missed by us all.”  


Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.  With more than 1 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come.  For more information, visit

Read Defenders’ statement on Sam Hamilton’s confirmation as Director 
Learn more about Defenders work on wildlife conservation 
Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Web site 



Cat Lazaroff, 202-772-3270

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