Terry Fankhauser, executive director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, has been invited to join a diverse mix of speakers discussing wolf re-introduction at Colorado State University's annual Pathways Conference, scheduled for Sept. 22-26 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.
After speakers address the topic on Monday and Tuesday afternoon, a group discussion process is planned for Wednesday to develop related research priorities.
The presentations, which will feature leading experts from across the country, will address public perception, indigenous perspectives and current social science research on wolf reintroduction. Many of the presenters have worked on wolf reintroduction efforts in Yellowstone National Park and other key areas across the U.S.
According to CSU's Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, in July, 2019, when a wolf was sighted 90 miles northwest of Fort Collins, it was the first confirmed sighting in Colorado since 2015. More recently, there have been unconfirmed sightings of wolves in Cripple Creek in the mountains west of Colorado Springs.
Wolf reintroduction is at the forefront of many Coloradan's minds as State Initiative 107 attempts to get wolf reintroduction placed on the November 2020 ballot.
CSU's Pathways Conference was started in 2008 to "facilitate inquiry, increase collaboration and highlight the latest research on complex issues regarding how a growing global population can coexist with wildlife in a sustainable and healthy manner."
The conference is open to the public, but requires registration to attend. The deadline for online registration is September 9.
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