Resurgence of the Carnivore: Realities in the World of Large Carnivore Conservation and Management
By Dr. Dan Thompson
December 7, 2017
Join us for the December Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Wildlife biologist Dr. Dan Thompson from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department presents Resurgence of the Carnivore: Realities in the World of Large Carnivore Conservation and Management.
Throughout North America we have documented increasing abundance and distribution of all large carnivore species on the landscape. Wyoming is one of the few strongholds of the lower 48 states with an intact large carnivore guild—i.e. the same animals that were here (wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, and mountain lions) thousands of years ago are still here and have seen resurgence in the last few decades. Interest, controversy, and conflict are inherent with these iconic animals; it is our responsibility as wildlife professionals to use our knowledge of these dynamic species to maintain them on the landscape while realizing the ever-important human component that is so intricately linked to carnivore conservation. In this talk, Thompson discusses on-the-ground efforts to better understand and manage large carnivores in an ever-changing landscape and society, as well as the science and art behind working with lions, wolves, bears, and people.
About our speaker
Dan Thompson, PhD, heads the large carnivore section of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, responsible for science based management and monitoring of large carnivores (mountain lions, wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears) throughout Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He has been studying and working specifically with apex predator (and omnivores) for the past 15 years in Wyoming and in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He received his doctorate from South Dakota State University in 2009, researching the ecology of mountain lions in the Black Hills. For the past decade, he has worked with mountain lions in the American West and Midwest.
His career interests include large carnivore ecology expansion and recolonization, interactions among sympatric carnivores, predator prey dynamics in ever-evolving systems, and the applicability of research toward management.
Thompson also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University, Montana State University, University of Montana, and Utah State University, and is the Chair of the Science Committee for the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He has authored several articles and co-authored the book Managing Cougars in North America.
Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
Join us the first Thursday of each month February through December for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.