Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories Webinar Series

Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories

Continuing this Thursday, Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories, a Special Virtual Presentation of the Institute for Science & Policy and Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, CSU Extension, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Episode 2: Media Coverage and Public Perspectives on Wolves
Thursday, October 1 at 5 p.m. MT
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An overwhelming majority of Americans will never see a wolf in the wild. Instead, modern perceptions of wolves are predominantly shaped by folklore (like Little Red Riding Hood), popular culture (like the Liam Neeson film The Grey), and especially media coverage (usually pertaining to conflict over the species’ protected status). The perceived dangers or benefits of wolf reintroduction will determine the success or failure of the November ballot initiative in Colorado, and journalists and scientists play a key role in that discourse. So what does responsible reporting on wolf issues look like in the modern age? And how might social science research help us to better sort fact from fiction?

In the second episode of our ongoing series about wolf reintroduction in Colorado, we’ll chat with Sam Brasch, Reporter at Colorado Public Radio, and Rebecca Niemiec, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. They’ll examine the recent history of media coverage around wolves and discuss ongoing studies around public attitudes, then address a few of the most commonly held misconceptions. They’ll also answer your questions during a moderated Q&A session.

If you missed Episode 1: The Science of Restoring Wolves to Colorado,
Watch the full recording and read the recap.

The premiere episode discussed wolf-related policy and the latest ecological and social science research pertaining to wolf ecology, interactions with big game and livestock, and public perceptions of wolves.

Panelists: Stewart Breck, Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Wildlife Services, and Kevin Crooks, Director, Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, and Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, CSU

Future episodes:

Episode 3: Community Perspectives and Conflict over Wolves
Thursday, October 8 at 5 p.m. MT

Panelists: Bill Fales, Rancher, Crystal River Valley, Colorado; Jonathan Proctor, Program Director of the Rockies and Plains Program, Defenders of Wildlife

Episode 4: The Values and Costs of Wolves
Thursday, October 15 at 5 p.m. MT

Panelists: Stanley Asah, Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington; Shauna Baron, Naturalist Guide, Yellowstone National Park; Dana Hoag, Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, CSU

Episode 5: The Experience of Living With Wolves
Thursday, October 22 at 5 p.m. MT

Panelists: Denny Iverson, Rancher and Logger, Iverson Ranch in Montana, Secretary of the Blackfoot Challenge; Kim Skyelander, Associate Director, Center for Collaborative Conservation, CSU