Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, April 1, 2015

Contacts:  Amaroq Weiss, (707) 779-9613,
Shawn Cantrell, (206) 508-5475,
Mike Petersen, (509) 209-2406,
Danielle Moser, (313) 550-4900,
Chase Gunnell, (206) 465-8591,

Wolf OR-7 Film Screening, Panel Discussion Set for Spokane's
Bing Crosby Theater, Friday and Saturday Night

Event to Highlight Wolf Recovery, Coexistence

SPOKANE, Wash.— 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 Friday and Saturday in Spokane. The film, OR7 - The Journey, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker and panel discussion with some of the nation’s leading authorities on wolf recovery and successfully coexisting with wolves. 

OR7 - The Journey
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The film details the ongoing legacy of OR-7, a young, male gray wolf born in northeast Oregon who traveled more than 1,000 miles to southwest Oregon and California, prompting California to protect wolves as endangered. The documentary describes not only the remarkable journey of OR-7 across Oregon’s spectacular wild landscapes, but 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 they making a comeback in some parts of the country thanks to the protections of the federal Endangered Species Act and wolf recovery efforts in the states. Wolves have started to return to Washington, and the post-film panel discussion and Q&A are designed to provide information, updates, and details about how members of the public can stay informed and get involved.

WHAT: Film screening of the documentary OR7 - The Journey, followed by Q&A with the filmmaker and a panel discussion with representatives from the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, The Lands Council, Conservation Northwest and the Endangered Species Coalition. These groups will also be available in the lobby to provide information and answer questions.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave, Spokane, Wash., 99201

COST: $7.50 (plus small handling fee if tickets purchased in advance online). Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at or at This event is sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Endangered Species Coalition, The Lands Council and Conservation Northwest.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 825,000 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.

The Lands Council is a regional conservation group that safeguards Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy and community engagement.

"Keeping the Northwest wild" since 1989, Conservation Northwest protects, connects and restores old-growth forests and other wild areas from the Washington Coast to the B.C. Rockies: vital to a healthy future for us, our children, and wildlife.

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