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Episode 68: The Lowdown On Colorado Wolf Reintroduction With Gary Skiba

Gary Skiba

Gary Skiba, Wildlife Manager, San Juan Citizens Alliance

About Gary

Gary joined SJCA in April 2020 and was a board member for several years prior to that. Gary worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife for 23 years. Throughout his professional career, Gary focused on threatened and endangered species management and spearheaded the agency’s efforts on biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management.

He has also worked for Great Old Broads for Wilderness and as an environmental consultant and monitoring conservation easements for La Plata Open Space Conservancy. Gary has a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities and lives near Aztec, NM with his wife, Kate Pickford, and three dogs.

Topics
  • The importance of collaboration with landowners for a successful Colorado wolf reintroduction
  • How soon can Colorado wolf reintroduction proceed?
  • How much habitat is needed for a healthy wolf population in Colorado?
  • How will private landowners coexist with wolves?
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Michael McLaughlin - February 26, 2021

See the critical issue, as the Federal withdrawal of ESA protections has so far always resulted in Euroamerican efforts to re-extinguish the native North American Gray Wolf:
https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.13657

Advocacy to prevent this problem should not be lifelong trauma.

China , never a shining light in extinction prevention, finally took the necessary, essential step, removing all individual right to gun possession.

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