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Defenders in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains

Defenders in the Rockies and Plains

With expansive intact landscapes and some of North America’s largest wildlife, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains provide some of the best remaining wildlife habitat for many species.

What Defenders is Doing for Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains

  • Rockies and Plains Program OfficesHelping restore imperiled wildlife such as wolves, bison, and black-footed ferrets to new locations.

  • Restoring keystone species that create habitat for many other species, such as prairie dogs whose colonies provide shelter and food for dozens of other species, and beavers which create aquatic habitat for many species that live in or near water.

  • Promoting and incentivizing nonlethal tools and management techniques with ranchers and landowners to reduce conflicts with wildlife and to keep wolves, grizzly bears, bison, and other wildlife safe. 

  • Improving protections on federal lands – through volunteer monitoring and through the courts when necessary – for forest carnivores such as wolverines, lynx, and fishers.

  • Protecting streams and rivers for imperiled fish from threats such as new dams.

  • Helping implement State Wildlife Action Plans that benefit a broad range of imperiled species.

Meet Our Team

Chamois Andersen
Senior Representative

Erin Edge
Representative (Missoula, MT)

Aaron Hall
Representative

Jonathan Proctor
Director

Russell Talmo
Associate (Missoula, MT)

Contact Us

535 16th St. Suite #310
Denver, Colorado 80202
defenders@defenders.org

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Defenders in Action
Bears die when they get into trouble with people’s garbage, livestock, when they are hit by cars and trains or illegally killed. By preventing these conflicts we can keep bears alive and on the road to recovery.
Bison with calf, © Diana LeVasseur
Success Story
November 2014 - More than 100 wild bison were brought to Fort Peck Indian Reservation, adding to this historic conservation herd.
Success Stories
October, 2013 - Along with our conservation partners, our Montana team helped release 32 black-footed-ferrets onto Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, restoring these endangered animals to their native habitat.