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INVITE: “Wolf Conservation in Colorado: Past, Present, and Future” Symposium, Featuring Live Wolves, Film Screening and Panel Discussion

EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 PM MT ON FEB. 15, 2017

Contact:

Ryan Wilbur; (720) 943-0471; rwilbur@defenders.org

Leigh Anne Tiffany; (202) 772-0259; ltiffany@defenders.org

Delia Malone; Sierra Club; delia.malone@rmc.sierraclub.org

Hillary Larson; Sierra Club; hillary.larson@sierraclub.org

 

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INVITE: “Wolf Conservation in Colorado: Past, Present, and Future” Symposium, Featuring Live Wolves, Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Fort Collins, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Defenders of Wildlife, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club and W.O.L.F. Sanctuary will hold a wolf educational event at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on Feb. 15, 2017.

What: “Wolf Conservation in Colorado: Past, Present, and Future” Symposium

When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm MT

·         6:00-7:00 pm: “Meet-and-Greet” with ambassador wolves from Bellvue, Colorado’s W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

·         7:00-8:00 pm: Screening of the documentary A Season of Predators, which highlights successful and creative approaches other Western states have taken to reduce human-predator conflict

·         8:00-9:00 pm: Panel discussion and Q&A on wolf conservation in Colorado.

Where: Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins, Colo.

Who: Moderated by Ryan Wilbur, Defenders of Wildlife’s Rockies and Plains Representative, the panel is composed of Avery Shawler, Project Coordinator for the Wood River Wolf Project in wolf-occupied Blaine County, Idaho; Dr. Barry Noon, wildlife biologist at Colorado State University; Jose Miranda, manager of a cattle ranch on Colorado’s Western Slope; and Sheppard Hobgood, an elk hunter from southern Colorado.

Why: In 1945, the last wolf in Colorado was killed, the culmination of a state-wide campaign to eradicate predators through shooting, trapping and poisoning. Since then, the loss of this top predator has altered our state’s flora and fauna. For example, the absence of wolves in Rocky Mountain National Park allows elk to browse extensively on vegetation along rivers and streams, which has led to erosion and degradation of habitat for a variety of birds and aquatic species. Restoring wolves to Colorado would restore our state’s natural balance. Panelists from various perspectives will discuss the importance, benefits and challenges of gray wolf conservation in Colorado.

 

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Caitlin Cattelino at 720-943-0452 or ccattelino@defenders.org for more information and to reserve your spot.

 

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