Florida panther, © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Panthers at a Crossroads: The Need for Coexistence »

With an estimated 120 to 230 adults remaining in the wild in south Florida, Florida panthers are one of the most endangered mammals in the country. Defenders of Wildlife’s efforts to help the Florida panther survive started four decades ago when we lobbied for the species’ inclusion under the federal Endangered Species Act. We have… Read more »

Coexisting with Grizzly Bears »

Grizzly bears were once numerous, ranging across North America from California to the Great Plains, and from Mexico all the way up into Alaska. As with many species, westward expansion, human transformation of the landscape, and fear led to near-eradication of grizzly bears in the continental United States. When the grizzly bear was listed under… Read more »

Welcome to the Year of Coexistence »

I’ve spent my career — actually most of my life — advocating for and practicing wildlife conservation. In that time, I’ve seen remarkable progress. We still have a long way to go, but one of the highlights of my journey has been watching the evolution of human-wildlife coexistence. Too many species were completely eradicated or pushed to the brink… Read more »

2018 in Review »

This year has certainly been a whirlwind one for wildlife conservation. We’ve had our hands full fighting threats to wildlife, habitat, landmark conservation laws, and climate policies. But we’ve had a major positive impact, and we wanted to highlight 18 of our biggest accomplishments this year! 1. We achieved a crucial legal victory this fall… Read more »