Cohort 10 Fellows

In November 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 114, requiring the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to reintroduce wolves to Colorado by 2023. Wolf recovery and management is recognized as one of the most contentious conservation issues in American West, with positive and negative impacts across a range of stakeholders.

An effective process for having a dialogue and making decisions on such a contentious issue requires a careful and skilled approach, backed by good information from biological and social sciences and from people who derive their livelihoods from the land.

With this in mind, in fall of 2019, the Center for Collaborative Conservation Fellows program invited proposals for interdisciplinary projects related to the potential need for wolf management in Colorado. These projects were expected to be science-based, use collaboration to address conservation and livelihood issues, and include outreach to communities or stakeholders that have a direct interest in the outcomes of this work.

Wolf In North Park July 2019 (c) Colorado Parks And Wildlife.jpg

Policy and Practice
for Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado

The following policy briefs in this series report on the fellows’ research findings and their policy implications:

Entire Series combined in PDF

Policy Lessons for Colorado Wolf Reintroduction
Brielle Manzolillo and Courtney Shultz

Collaboration for Reducing Livestock-Carnivore Conflicts
Matthew Collins, Rebecca Niemiec, Jon Salerno, Courtney Shultz

Guiding Principles for Conflict Resolution
Mireille Gonzalez

Perspectives on Wolf Depredation Reporting and Compensation
Rae Nickerson, Alex Few, Becky Niemiec, Dana Hoag, Paul Evangelista

Meet the Fellows

6 Fellows

  • 2 Practitioners
  • 1 Ph.D. Student
  • 3 Master’s Students
  • From 4 Departments at CSU

12 Collaborators

  • Hillary Zaranek-Anderson – M.S., rancher and wildlife biologist, Anderson Ranch/Centennial Valley Association
  • Alex Few – Ph.D., Northern Rockies Coordinator, Western Landowners Alliance
  • Matt Barnes – M.S., Shining Horizons Land Management LLC, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
  • Stewart Breck – Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA National Wildlife Research Center
  • Paul Evangelista – Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Research Ecologist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, CSU
  • Dana L.K. Hoag – Ph.D., Professor,  Department of Agricultural Economics, CSU
  • CJ Mucklow – Western Region Director, Colorado State University Extension
  • Robin Young – CSU Extension, Archuleta County Director, Natural Resources and Agriculture Agent
  • Karin Vardaman – Working Circle Proactive Stewardship, Executive Director
  • Jonathan Proctor – Defenders of Wildlife, Rockies and Plains Program Director
  • Peter Nelson – Director of Federal Lands, Defenders of Wildlife
  • Dan Gibbs – Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources