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.
Reid Hensen (Lava Lake/WRWP intern for the summer of 2017) and Claudio (camptender of Lava Lake Land & Livestock for 15 years), represented the Wood River Wolf Project at a Coexistence and Nonlethal Tools Workshop in Elgin in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. They brought along a WRWP Band Kit and showed operators and herders how to use the nonlethal tools. Thanks to Shane Stevenson and Cameron Krebs of Krebs Livestock, and Suzanne Stone for organizing this event!
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 spoke at a congressional hearing on the Endangered Species Act applauding its success with the comeback of grizzly bears and wolves. You can view the video of the hearing here and Brian starts speaking around the 51:00 minute mark.
Brian Bean spoke in front of Idaho legislators about the Project. Other Project collaborators 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.