August 8, 2019 | By:

Episode 29: Kim Crumbo on Wolves, War, and Optimism

kim crumbo

Kim Crumbo, Senior Carnivore Advocate, Wildlands Network

Kim Crumbo leads Wildlands Network’s efforts to restore native carnivores to their rightful place on landscapes across the West. He works closely with diverse conservation partners and regional coalitions to engage scientists, communities, and elected leaders in the effort to secure species recovery and public support for wolves, bears, lynx, cougars, and other native carnivores.

Kim served 20 years with the National Park Service in Grand Canyon, first as a river ranger and later as Wilderness Coordinator. He also worked as a river guide for a decade, and as Utah Wilderness Coordinator for the Sierra Club for 2 years. Beginning in 2000, Kim assumed various roles with the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, including a stint as the northern representative for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition. Before working on rivers and in wilderness activism, he spent 4 years with the Navy’s SEAL Team One, completing two combat deployments in Vietnam.


  • Current status in the ongoing saga of the battle to protect wolves in the United States
  • What 70 combat operations in Vietnam taught Kim about organizing in the conservation movement back home
  • Massive outcry against wolf delisting attempts by current administration
  • Conditional optimism and why it’s ok to have hope for the future (as long as you put your back into the work ahead!)

Extra Credit:

Spread Rewilding Around the Globe!
Subscribe To Comments On This Article
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x