How well does the public understand gray wolf behavior, ecology, and options for re-establishing the species in Colorado? GARNA will host Defenders of Wildlife for a presentation on the past, present, and future of wolf conservation in Colorado. After the presentation, there will be a special screening of Canis Lupus: Colorado. This documentary is about delving into the perspectives of a photojournalist, hunter, and a rancher from Colorado on the complex relationships between people and wolves.
Defenders of Wildlife works on the ground, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America and around the world. Ryan Wilbur, Defenders of Wildlife Rockies and Plains Representative, studies human wildlife coexistence and works to restore wolves to Colorado through collaborative efforts with nonprofit agencies, livestock producers, sportsman, state/federal agencies, universities, and local communities. Through these efforts, he hopes to help construct a solid foundation for wolf recovery and management in Colorado.
Ryan’s work involves numerous outreach projects aimed at increasing community awareness about gray wolf behavior, ecology, and options for reestablishing the species in Colorado. He is also working with livestock producers to discuss viable non-lethal programs to reduce potential livestock-wolf conflicts.
Prior to coming to Defenders, Ryan recently completed his Master’s in Environmental Management, where his research explored human-black bear conflict reporting in Durango, Colorado. He has also worked extensively on field projects emphasizing wolf conservation and management. Specifically, he has worked in Alberta, Canada and Idaho with the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, in Yellowstone with the National Park Service, and in Arizona and New Mexico with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. His work also includes range of human-wildlife conflict projects focused on black bears, caracal, and jackal.
The film Canis Lupus: Colorado is the story of the past, present and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. The film explores the “ghosts that are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight.” The film was shown on March 10 in Salida, as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival,
The program will take place at the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E Main St, Buena Vista, on Wednesday, April 11 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. The program is $3 for GARNA members or $5 for non-members. Please register at http://garna.org/calendar/wolf-reintroduction-4-11-18/. For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.