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Virtual WN@TL: “Wolf Policy and its Effects on Illegal Killing, Human Tolerance, and Recovery”
March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: Adrian Treves, Nelson Institute
Description of talk: Reporting new evidence from Wisconsin’s wolves, red wolves and Mexican gray wolves, Dr. Treves presents the state of the science on endangered wolf policy. Four lines of evidence show that ‘blood does not buy goodwill’. Legalizing wolf-killing does not raise tolerance for wolves, does not reduce poaching, and slows population growth more than expected from legal mortality. The best available science shows that cryptic poaching and concealment of evidence increases instead. I summarize worldwide evidence for the effectiveness of methods to protect livestock from predators. Lethal methods have proven counter-productive in many cases and poor standards of evidence have been used to justify killing predators. Therefore, lethal management of predators should be reformed.
Presenter Bio: Adrian Treves focuses on ecology, scientific integrity, public trust principles, and agro-ecosystems where crops and domestic animals overlap carnivore habitat. Founder and Director of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he earned his PhD at Harvard University in 1997. He and his lab have authored >134 scientific papers, best known for our gold-standard experiments on non-lethal prevention of predation on domestic animals, estimates of illegal wolf-killing and cryptic poaching, and our work on risk maps to predict human-carnivore conflict sites.
Explore More: http://faculty.nelson.wisc.edu/treves/
Zoom Registration Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrce2vrDwtHNBMv0FxIcmw56npNOhu831_