Wolves in Colorado Series, Episode 4: The Values and Costs of Wolves

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 4: The Values and Costs of Wolves
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The presence of wolves on the landscape creates inherent tradeoffs. To many, the values wolves represent can be qualitative and intrinsic (the pleasure in seeing a species restored to its historic range, for example) or quantitative and economic (such as tourism dollars brought in by wolf sightseeing). To others, fears of a novel predator or financial losses associated with livestock predation represent costs that take much higher precedence. What considerations play in to our own personal valuations of wolves, and what can the data tell us about their real world impacts?

Panelists: Stanley Asah, Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington; Shauna Baron, a naturalist guide in Yellowstone National Park; and Dana Hoag, Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at Colorado State University.