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International Wolf Symposium 2022

International Wolf Symposium 2022

October 13-16

Full Schedule Coming in Late Summer

The Symposium Committee is working hard to plan an engaging and informative weekend. We will post the full schedule on this site
by mid-August. Also watch for an announcement on wolf.org and in symposium email updates. Click here to subscribe.

The Symposium kicks off with the Student/Mentor Session on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the Welcome Reception to follow at 6 p.m. If you are attending the Wolves and Wilderness Bus Tour on Thursday, the bus departs at 6 a.m. The symposium wraps up Sunday at 1: 30 p.m.

Panels

Our panelists represent diverse experiences with wolf control, based on different motivations within their respective jurisdictions.

Each panelist will discuss specific motivations for wolf control, and the management tactics used within their respective case studies. They will describe their experiences including methods used, costs/effort, outcomes, and relative levels of social acceptance. 

Moderator: Brent Patterson – Senior Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

    • Robert Serrouya – Director, Caribou Monitoring Unit, British Columbia, Canada
    • Barbara Zimmerman – Research Associate, Scandinavian Wolf Research Project SKANDULV
    • Rodney Boertje – Research Biologist, State of Alaska, Retired

In three regions of North America, wolf recovery efforts continue despite challenges.

Mexican Gray Wolf – In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released draft revisions to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan in April 2022 in order to improve protections for Mexican wolves in the wild. In Mexico, recovery efforts are also well underway, and collaborative efforts between the U.S. and Mexico are taking place. Jorge Servin, a wildlife biologist with the Mexican Wolf Conservation Program, will provide updates on progress in Mexico. John Oakleaf, Mexican Wolf Field Projects Coordinator, will discuss conservation efforts in the U.S.

Red Wolf – Kim Wheeler, Executive Director of the Red Wolf Coalition, will provide information about the current status of both the wild and managed captive red wolf populations as well as the efforts to restore the critically endangered red wolf in northeastern North Carolina and elsewhere in the Southeast.

Gray Wolves in Colorado – Eric Odell, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Kevin Crooks, Colorado State University, will provide an update on reintroduction planning, the status of naturally recolonizing wolves, details on the referendum to restore wolves in the state, and efforts to resolve conflicts with livestock.

Moderator: TBD

The gray wolf has made a strong comeback in the Pacific Northwest and California. As population numbers trend upward, so do public interest and engagement. Management of wolves is a contentious issue throughout the region, and three panelists will provide status updates as well as information about efforts to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts. Kent Laudon, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Roblyn Brown, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Wolf Program Coordinator, and Ben Maletzke, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife State Wolf Specialist will discuss (a) wolf population distribution and numbers (b) depredation issues and coexistence initiatives (c) habitat needs for sustaining wolves (d) current research.

Moderator: TBD

THREE WOLVES tells the story of three, white alpha females over 17 years of recording these wolves in the interior of Yellowstone National Park. Through the three packs, much of Yellowstone’s research may be traced. The video presentation personalizes the much-studied wolves and gives life to the animals that provide the data for the groundbreaking research. THREE WOLVES is both entertaining and informative. National Geographic Television has crafted a documentary based on the video story of these wolves and the scientists who have studied them.

THREE WOLVES will show in vivid detail the work of the scientist panel that follows the video presentation. Panelists include: Doug Smith, Dan Stahler and Jeremy SunderRaj.

Moderator: TBD

    • Bob Landis – Independent Producer/Cameraman
    • Doug Smith – Senior Wildlife Biologist, Yellowstone National Park
    • Dan Stahler – Wildlife Biologist, Yellowstone National Park
    • Jeremey SunderRaj – Biological Science Technician, Yellowstone Wolf Project

Moderator: Dick Thiel

    • Research/Academia – Tom Gable: Project Lead, Voyageurs Wolf Project
    • Captive Wolf Management/Advocacy NGO’s – Regina Mossotti: Wildlife Biologist and Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Endangered Wolf Center
    • Wildlife Agencies/Management – Diane Boyd: Wildlife Biologist, Retired
    • Science Writing – Greg Breining: Writer, Co-author of Wolf Island

Moderator: Doug Smith

    • Kira Cassidy – Research Associate, Yellowstone Wolf Project
    • Tom Gable – Project Lead, Voyageurs Wolf Project
    • Bridget Borg – Wildlife Biologist, Denali National Park and Preserve; Principal Investigator for Denali wolf and caribou research and monitoring projects

John Vucetich reflects on his more than two decades of researching the wolves of Isle Royale – focusing on how those experiences shaped his understanding of broader relationships between humans and wolves. He’ll share a series of readings from his new book, Restoring the Balance, that situate discoveries from Isle Royale over the years in broader contexts of history, science, and Vucetich’s personal path on the road to better understanding nature.

Plenary Speakers

    • Bridget Borg – Wildlife Biologist, Denali National Park and Preserve; Principal Investigator for Denali wolf and caribou research and monitoring projects
    • Mark Romanski – Biologist/Natural Resource Program Manager, Isle Royale National Park

Evening Speakers

    • Blaire Van Valkenburgh – Pleistocene Paleoecology of the North American Gray Wolf
    • Kira Cassidy – Research Associate, Yellowstone Wolf Project

Banquet

    • Linking Research to Policy and Management for Conserving Large Carnivores in India

Closing Co-Keynote Address

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

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