One of the main goals of the Project is to inform communities outside of the Wood River Valley about ways they can coexist with wolves. We have had several opportunities to host and travel to educate others about what we do at the Project. Below are some of the various meetings, events, and conferences where the Wood River Wolf Project has been represented.
Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Symposium in Fort Collins, CO
Avery Shawler, the Project Coordinator, spoke about the success of the Project and how coexistence is possible. She spoke among highly-respected wolf biologists such as Dave Mech, Mike Phillips, Doug Smith, Carter Niemeyer (WRWP Collaborator), and others.
Brian Bean, a member of the WRWP Steering Committee, spoke at the Oversight Hearing on the Status of the Federal Government's Management of Wolves. His testimony is now in the Congressional record and can be viewed here.
Brian Bean spoke at a congressional hearing on the Endangered Species Act applauding its success with the comeback of grizzly bears and wolves.
Brian Bean spoke in front of Idaho legislators about the Project. Other Project collaborators, including (pictured on the right) Larry Schoen, Suzanne Stone, and Carter Niemeyer were present and answered questions from legislators. Listen to the presentation here.
Brian Bean gave a presentation remotely to ranchers in an event organized by USDA APHIS Wildlife Services. Here's a blog post from Defenders of Wildlife about the event: http://www.defendersblog.org/2016/02/learning-to-live-with-california-wolves/
Brian Bean spoke about nonlethal tools specifically in regard to preventing sheep depredation. He presented alongside Hilary Zaranek, a range rider from a cattle operation in the Centennial Valley in Montana.
The Project hosted a two-day training workshop with a classroom and field component to train people how to use nonlethal tools and techniques. People from all over the country and all over the world participated.