The Institute for Science & Policy at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources will host a five-part webinar series to explore wolf reintroduction through the lens of science, policy and lived experiences.
WHAT: Experts taking part in the series will discuss the implications of gray wolf reintroduction, Colorado Proposition 114, that will appear on the ballot in November. If passed, the initiative would charge the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to reintroduce wolves to the state no later than 2023.
A diverse group of panelists will discuss the current state of wolf populations, dive into the data about the species’ role in the ecosystem, talk trade-offs and hear firsthand stories from those who’ve already been living among wolves in other parts of the United States.
Learn more about the webinar series and register.
The series will be held Thursdays at 5 p.m. MT, with the following topics:
The Science of Restoring Wolves to Colorado: Sept. 24
Stewart Breck, research wildlife biologist, USDA Wildlife Services, and Kevin Crooks, director of the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence and professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at CSU
Media Coverage and Public Perceptions on Wolves: Oct. 1
Sam Brasch, reporter, Colorado Public Radio, and Rebecca Niemiec, assistant professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU
Community Perspectives and Conflict over Wolves: Oct. 8
Bill Fales, rancher, Crystal River Valley, Colorado; Jonathan Proctor, Rockies and Plains program director, Defenders of Wildlife
The Values and Costs of Wolves: Oct. 15
Stanley Asah, professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Shauna Baron, naturalist guide, Yellowstone National Park, and Dana Hoag, professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at CSU
The Experience of Living with Wolves: Oct. 22
Denny Iverson, rancher and logger at Iverson Ranch in Montana and secretary of the Blackfoot Challenge, Kim Skyelander, associate director, Center for Collaborative Conservation at CSU
Contact Mary Guiden, 206-854-3786, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Maura O’Neal, 303.507.6058, or Maura.ONeal@dmns.org