It’s easy to see wolf management in two buckets: full protection under the Endangered Species Act or unregulated wolf hunting. But successful management of established wildlife populations is most often somewhere in the middle, with hunting used both as a tool and a conservation funding mechanism.
Join Alex and Jared as they explore hunting as a management tool and take a look at how the North American model of wildlife conservation allows species to fund their own conservation and management. Plus, they’ll take a look at how Wyoming’s unique approach to managing wolves has helped increase acceptance and reduce conflicts.
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The North American model of wildlife conservation: Wildlife for everyone – by Brent Lawrence with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wyoming wolf trophy game management area map, and more info on Wyoming wolf hunting from the Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Hunters aren’t the worst threat to wolves’ survival, by David Mech for Minnesota Public Radio in 2009
Aldo Leopold’s classic essay from A Sand County Almanac, Thinking Like a Mountain
Our opening wolf hunt audio came from this YouTube video by Stuck N the Rut. Viewer discretion is advised.
Working Wild U is a production of Montana State University Extension and Western Landowners Alliance with support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Western SARE and you, our listeners.
Today’s episode was directed and edited by Zach Altman and produced by Matthew Collins, Zach Altman, Alex Few, Jared Beaver, and Abby Nelson.
Our hosts are Jared Beaver and Alex Few.
Louis Wertz is our Executive Producer. Music is from Artlist and Blue Dot Sessions.
Special thanks to Kathleen Shannon for helping edit this episode, and thanks to Ed Bangs and Ken Mills for their time.