Episode 031: Wyoming Grizzly Management

Welcome back to the Right To Roam podcast! What a great conversation we have in store for you this week. The R2R crew sit down with Dr. Dan Thompson (aka The Smartest Redneck (we know)) who is the current head of the large carnivore division of the Wyoming Game and Fish. Dan holds a PhD from South Dakota State University for his work with mountain lions in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Dan is a phenomenal resource as his professional and personal interest with large carnivores and human interactions over the last 15 years has provided a wealth of knowledge and experience from which to draw upon. Dan also serves in an adjunct faculty role for Montana State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Montana, University of Wyoming and for Utah State University.
With the Cowboy state managing its grizzly bear population and proposing a 2018 hunting season, Dan was the man to speak with. Following the Go Fund Me shout-outs, the guys and Dan cover some basic grizzly biology and history. The conversation then dives into some of the more recent management practices that have been instrumental in aiding the great bear’s recovery and ultimate de-listing from the the Endangered Species list. Finally, the crew flesh out the state of Wyoming’s proposal for a 2018 grizzly bear hunt. This is a landmark event in wildlife management for the state of Wyoming as well as the lower 48. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we have making it and bringing it to you. If you haven’t already, please take the time to check out our Go Fund Me campaign and contribute if you feel led to do so, thanks in advance for your consideration! Please take the time to like and share your favorite R2R episode and don’t forget to subscribe as we will be riding the grizzly train for a couple more episodes. Happy Trails!

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