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Lecture: Large Carnivore Management in Wyoming

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Grizzly bear sits at edge of corn field.

Large Carnivore Management in Wyoming

By Luke Ellsbury

May 2, 2024
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for the May Lunchtime Expedition, Large Carnivore Management in Wyoming, presented by Wyoming Game & Fish wildlife biologist Luke Ellsbury.

The in-person talk takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium, with a virtual option available. If you prefer to join us online, you may register in advance via Zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N_0Hyj0iQGepzcRzJ5mJKg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Man in olive green Wyoming Game & Fish Department jacket poses with a chemically immobilized mountain lion.
Large Carnivore Biologist Luke Ellsbury fits a chemically immobilized mountain lion with a tracking collar and ear tags.

About the program

Large carnivore management in Wyoming is multifaceted and always dynamic. Mountain lions, wolves, grizzly bears, and black bears are monitored and managed by a team of experts working together to maintain viable populations of large carnivores in suitable habitats. The team uses a science-based adaptive approach and proactively manages to mitigate human/wildlife conflicts.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department strives to include localized expertise as well as public desires and attitudes in developing objectives and making management decisions. The Large Carnivore Section provides information and education on large carnivore management and safety to the public all over the state through Bear Wise Wyoming. Through changing population dynamics of both wildlife and people, carnivore management in Wyoming will continue to have its rewards and challenges.

About the speaker

Luke Ellsbury is a large carnivore biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He was born and raised in Cody, with a deep love and respect for the wildlife and wild places found here. He received his bachelor of science from Montana State University in 2012 while dragging a patient wife and three kids along with him.

Ellsbury began working for the WGFD in 2008 as a bear management technician, and was hired as the large carnivore biologist in Cody in 2012. Carnivore conflict is the majority of his workload during the year, however, he spends the winter months assisting with mountain lion research using his pack of trained hounds. When not chasing down conflicts, Ellsbury enjoys family, following his hounds, and fly fishing, along with various other outdoor pursuits.

Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions

The series generally continues on the first Thursday of each month, but please note the date changes in June and July.
June 20 (note date change): How the Largest of the Largest Dinosaurs Came to Be, by Dr. Michael D’Emic
July 11 (note date change): Paleobotany of the Bighorn Basin by Dr. Scott Wing
• August 1: Bats, by Dr. Riley Bernard, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
• September 5: Rangeland Songbirds, by Dr. Anna Chalfoun
• October 3
• November 7
• December 5

Have you missed a Lunchtime Expedition?

The talks in this series are gathered in YouTube playlists by year:

2024 Lunchtime Expeditions
2023 Lunchtime Expeditions

Support for the Draper’s Lunchtime Expedition series has been made possible by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation.


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