The reintroduction and recovery of the gray wolf to the Greater Yellowstone region has been controversial and challenging from the perspective of some, but according to wolf biologist Mike Jimenez, “Wolf recovery has been a remarkable biological success, and the northern Rocky Mountains population is fully recovered.” With wolves delisted from the Endangered Species List in 2012 and now under the authority of state management, what lies ahead for wolves and their management?
At the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Jimenez discusses wolf management over the past 30 years, from recovery under the Endangered Species Act to current day-to-day management of wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. The free talk, titled Wolf Recovery: A Success Story, takes place Thursday, October 2, 12:15 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium.
Jimenez, currently the Fish and Wildlife Service‘s wolf coordinator for the northern Rockies, also delves into the balancing act necessary in wolf management. He explains, “We balance the need to protect wolves under the Endangered Species Act and allow the population to grow, yet also protect folks who live in wolf country—for example, rural agricultural communities that raise livestock—and are directly affected by wolves.”
A wolf biologist for the past 28 years, Jimenez started his career in research when only a few wolves had begun migrating from Canada to northwestern Montana. He has worked in British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. From 1999 – 2012, Jimenez served as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s project leader for wolf recovery in Wyoming before taking his current position as the agency’s northern Rocky Mountains wolf coordinator.
The Draper Museum’s Lunchtime Expedition series is supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch. For more information on this lecture and other natural science topics, visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history. The November 6 lunchtime expedition features Dr. Craig M. Lee with Ice Patch Archaeology at the Crossroads of Culture and Climate Change in the Greater Yellowstone.
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