Fish and wildlife professionals around the world face complex problems in sustaining the health of fish and wildlife populations. These populations are threatened by a wide variety of human trends such as urbanization, population growth, rapid expansion of agricultural lands, climate change and the basic lack of human connection to the natural world. Increasingly, there is recognition that sustaining healthy fish and wildlife populations involves understanding and managing humans.
This will be the topic under consideration when 350 scientists and practitioners from destinations around the globe gather at the YMCA of the Rockies to address topics of human-wildlife existence. Colorado State University’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is hosting the conference, "Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management," which begins Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 2 at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.
Issues that will be discussed this week include the decline of recreational hunting participation, management of wildlife around National Parks and management of black bears around urban areas. On a global scale, discussions will be held on issues including human-wildlife conflict on the agricultural lands of Africa, human-elephant conflict in India, development of hunting programs for the tropics wildlife ecotourism in Thailand and human-jaguar conflict in Brazil. A complete listing of presentations is available at http://welcome.warnercnr.colostate.edu/nrrt/hdfw/program.html.
The conference is sponsored by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Wildlife Society, National Wildlife Federation, University of Montana and Cornell University.
Members of the media can request a complimentary pass by contacting Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0797 or Kimberly.Sorensen@colostate.edu.