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Andrew Wetzler, Director, Land & Wildlife Program, Chicago

Andrew Wetzler

I grew up in New York City but spent my summers canoeing and hiking in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Canada.  I went to law school with the intention of working in the environmental movement and have been with NRDC since 1998--first in NRDC's Los Angeles office and later in Columbus, Ohio.  My primary focus is on wildlife conservation.  Among other things, I've worked with NRDC to protect whales from Naval sonar, California condors from lead poisoning, and polar bears from global warming. 

Recent Posts

Why the Secretary of Agriculture Is Right to Try to Close Idaho's Sheep Experiment Station

Posted July 16, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Conservation biology has long taught us that if we want to preserve the few truly wild places left in North America we must, to the greatest extent possible, connect them.  Providing animals with easily accessible and relatively safe corridors and...continued

What does the Republican Party have against elephants?

Posted July 8, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler

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Every once and a while, House Republicans really make me scratch my head. I’m used to the endless anti-environmental “riders” attached to bills that fund the federal government, just one part of a systematic assault on environmental protection that has...continued

Time to Protect Our Wildest Places From One Of Our Deadliest Poisons

Posted June 10, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Today the Humane Society of the United States and NRDC, along with 10 other organizations, filed a legal petition to ban the use of lead ammunition in our National Parks and...continued

Happy Endangered Species Day

Posted May 16, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today is Endangered Species Day. Going through the routines of our life, swaddled by technology, it's easy to think of the world as a familiar and well-known place. But it's not.  We share this planet with a dazzling array of...continued

Setting the Record Straight: Why Wildlife Services Needs to Be Investigated

Posted April 7, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In case you missed it, this weekend NPR News featured a story about Wildlife Services, the federal program that kills 100,000 native predators each year, and the ongoing federal investigation into its activities. In the piece, several claims are attributed...continued

New Polar Bear Population Assessment is Released: Commercial Hunting Continues, Even in Populations That Are Declining

Posted March 3, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Last week, some of the world’s leading polar bear scientists released the most up-to-date information about the world’s last-remaining polar bear populations. Although some populations have temporarily stabilized, the assessment also reveals a serious ongoing problem with hunting: Hunters...continued

Independent Scientific Panel Rebukes Science in Federal Government's Wolf Delisting Rule

Posted February 7, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released an independent scientific review of its proposal to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in the lower-48. The panel was specifically asked...continued

Public Comment Closes on the Obama Administration's Proposal to Remove Protections for Wolves Across the Country -- Narrow Thinking Where We Need Bold Vision

Posted December 17, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Today marks the official end of the “public comment period” on the Obama Administration’s nation-wide regulation “delisting” the grey wolf.  The proposed regulation...continued

BREAKING: USDA Inspector General to Audit Wildlife Services

Posted December 4, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Responding to Congressional requests and well over a hundred thousand letters from the public, the Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General confirmed today that it plans to conduct an audit of the USDA’s controversial Wildlife Services predator control program.  Every year,...continued

Just How Much Does It Cost to Kill A Wolf? More Than You Think.

Posted September 11, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee’s Tom Knudsen released an email from Todd Grimm, Western District Supervisor of Wildlife Services, breaking down the exact cost of killing wolves by shooting them from helicopters.  The numbers were pretty shocking: $865/hour for the helicopter...continued

Can Wildlife Services and Conservationists be Friends?

Posted August 12, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler

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Here at NRDC we’ve long been critical of Wildlife Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that kills tens of thousands of native carnivores like coyotes, wolves, foxes, and badgers every year, mostly at the behest of the livestock...continued

Pollinator and grassland declines: a vicious cycle?

Posted July 24, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Two different very different studies were released this week.  But if you look at them together, they paint a potentially alarming picture for both pollinators, like bees and butterflies, and the native grasslands and prairies they depend on. In the...continued

UPDATED -- Wildlife Services: Scientific Consensus and Public Consensus Converge

Posted July 18, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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An important paper was published in Conservation Letters last month, “License to kill: reforming federal wildlife control to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function.”  Authored by seven biologists from different colleges and universities around the country, the essay signals a key...continued

A New Mission for Wildlife Services? Feral Swine Is a Better Target Than Native Wildlife

Posted May 23, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Sequester.  Budget deficit.  National debt.  With words like these swirling around Washington, DC -- and the political pressure they have generated to find ways to cut federal spending (we’ll leave aside whether that’s wise fiscal policy for now) -- I...continued

On International Polar Bear Day, Will the World Allow the Commercial Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue?

Posted February 27, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today is International Polar Bear Day and around the world, zoos, educational institutions, and wildlife advocates are celebrating one of the most magnificent animals to still walk our earth.  A lot of the focus centers on climate change and...continued

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