Defenders in Alaska

Our Top Priorities

Alaska remains one of the last pristine wilderness areas in the country. Defenders of Wildlife is committed to ensuring that Alaska's wildlife and their habitat remain healthy and viable.

Related Species

Polar bears, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Pacific walruses, brown bears, wolveswolverines

What Defenders Is Doing to Help Wildlife in Alaska

  • Working to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and other key ecosystems from the threats posed by climate change, unsustainable development and unsound policies and management practices.

  • Addressing the population decline of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale. 

  • Working to protect wildlife such as brown bears, wolves and coyotes from aggressive predator control actions proposed by the state on national wildlife refuge lands in Alaska. 

  • Working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners to ensure that revisions to the Chugach National Forest management plan are based on well-developed climate and habitat assessments, and include measures to protect Kenai brown bears and other wildlife.

  • Working with the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and local communities to increase the use of nonlethal coexistence methods to keep people and polar bears safe. 

  • Sponsoring remote cameras at key haulout Pacific walrus locations to help scientists learn more about these elusive marine mammals and the impacts they are facing from climate change.

  • Working to ensure that wildlife including wolves, goshawks, northern flying squirrels, bats and other species and habitats are protected by the new Tongass National Forest plan amendment.

Contact the Alaska Office

441 West 5th Avenue
Suite 302
Anchorage, AK 99501

907- 276-9453

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