Gloria Kopecky – Bequest

"One of my earliest wildlife memories is of a moose wandering into the small New Hampshire town where I grew up," says longtime Wildlife Legacy Society member Gloria Kopecky. "It looked gigantic, especially to an eight-year old. I was mesmerized."

Gloria has been mesmerized by wildlife ever since, and her love and respect for wild animals only grows stronger. In recent years, she has become increasingly concerned about how local communities interact with the wildlife around them. "That's why I've included a bequest to Defenders in my estate plans," continues Gloria. "All across the country, we have invaded wildlife territory, and I think what Defenders of Wildlife is doing to help people understand how to live with wild animals is critical to wildlife survival."

No stranger to sharing habitat with wildlife, Gloria now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, in a home near the foothills of South Mountain, a 17,000-acre desert mountain preserve. As development continues around her, coyotes are becoming increasingly common in her neighborhood. "If we have to take extra precautions to protect our pets from the coyotes, that's fine with me," says Gloria. "We need to remember that we are the ones moving into their territory."

Gloria has an eleven-year old English setter named Misti. One of her shelter dogs, Zoey, died last year, and another, Bonnie, lived to the ripe old age of 16. Balancing her concern for wildlife and pets seems to be Gloria's calling. That's why she has included both Defenders and a local humane society in her will.

"I would like to do much more with shelter dogs in the future," says Gloria. In the meantime, she is very busy with her glass art—beautiful pieces that showcase Native Americans, vibrant Arizona landscapes, and bears and other wildlife.

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Bequests left to Defenders are crucial to our ability to protect imperiled species and their habitats for generations to come. Have you included Defenders in your will or other estate plans?