Media Advisory, November 20, 2013

Contact: Amaroq Weiss, (707) 779-9613,

Hundreds to Rally in Sacramento on Friday in Opposition to Stripping Gray Wolves of
Endangered Species Protection

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Local activists from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies will rally Friday afternoon in Sacramento to voice their opposition to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states. The proposal to delist wolves would strike a serious blow to wolf recovery across the country, including in California and other West Coast states where wolves are just beginning to make a comeback.

The event, which immediately precedes a public hearing on the delisting proposal, features several speakers, including Amaroq Weiss, one of the nation’s leading wolf conservation advocates, who has been at the forefront of wolf recovery efforts in the United States for the past 17 years.

WHAT: Members of the public, including members of the Center for Biological Diversity, will rally at the entrance to the Courtyard Marriott Cal Expo Hotel on Tribute Road to send a loud message to President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe that Californians and residents of other West Coast states do not support the premature removal of Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the lower 48. 

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. (Note: The public hearing starts one hour after the rally ends, at 6:00 p.m., at the Marriott Cal Expo.)

WHERE: One entire lane of the road between 1780-1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA (near Cal Expo).

VISUALS: Attendees will hoist posters and banners with messages in support of having more wolves in more places and opposing federal delisting of wolves; life-sized images of wolves will be carried by rally participants. Speakers will include Amaroq Weiss, 17-year wolf conservation expert and West Coast Wolf Organizer with the Center for Biological Diversity; Keli Hendricks, a local rancher who supports coexisting with native predators and works with Project Coyote; and teenage wolf advocate Story Warren, who runs a wolf webstagram site for kids.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 625,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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