Media Advisory, June 9, 2015
Wolf OR-7 Film Screening, Q&A Discussion Set for Washington's Avalon Theatre, Thursday, June 18
Event to Highlight Wolf Recovery, Coexistence
WASHINGTON— A documentary about the gray wolf who trekked hundreds of miles across Oregon and became the first wild wolf in California in nearly 90 years will be screened the evening of Thursday, June 18 at the Avalon Theater. The film, OR7 — The Journey, will be followed by a Q&A session with the Center's experts on wolf recovery and the Endangered Species Act.
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The film details the ongoing legacy of OR-7 (known as "Journey"), a young male gray wolf born in northeast Oregon who traveled more than 1,000 miles to cross the border into California, prompting that state to protect wolves as endangered. The documentary describes OR-7’s remarkable journey across Oregon’s spectacular wild landscapes and the ongoing fight for gray wolves to fully recover and achieve sustainable populations in their historic territory. Though wolves once ranged widely across the United States, they were nearly eradicated in the Lower 48 by the early 20th century.
Only now are wolves making a comeback in some parts of the country due to the protections of the federal Endangered Species Act and wolf recovery efforts in the states. But this Congress has already proposed three bills to remove federal protections from wolves, including H.R. 1985 ("The Pacific Northwest Gray Wolf Management Act), which would strip protections from wolves in Oregon, Washington and parts of Utah. The post-film Q&A session are designed to provide information about how members of the public can stay informed and get involved.
WHAT: Film screening of the documentary, OR7 — The Journey, followed by a Q&A session with conservation experts and wolf advocates from the Center for Biological Diversity.
WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington.
COST: $12 (with small handling fee). Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only), online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1634463 or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.
This event is co-hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Endangered Species Coalition and Earthjustice.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 900,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
Defenders of Wildlife is a national conservation organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife has over 1.3 million members and supporters nationwide.
The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.
Earthjustice uses the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has grown to include nine regional offices and more than one million supporters.