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Wildness Series – Wolf Conservation in Colorado: A Discussion on the Past, Present and Future

April 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Photo Credit: Eric Kilby

How well does the public understand gray wolf behavior, ecology, and options for re-establishing the species in Colorado? GARNA will host Defenders of Wildlife for a presentation on the past, present, and future of wolf conservation in Colorado. After the presentation, there will be a special screening of Canis Lupus: Colorado. This documentary is about delving into the perspectives of a photojournalist, hunter, and a rancher from Colorado on the complex relationships between people and wolves.

Defenders of Wildlife works on the ground, in the courts, and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America. Staff with the Rockies and Plains Program – which covers the Northern Rockies down to Colorado and throughout the Great Plains – work to promote and implement effective nonlethal coexistence tools and strategies. In Colorado specifically, they work to restore wolves through collaborative efforts, such as educational programs, and by raising awareness about gray wolf behavior, ecology, and options for reestablishing the species in Colorado. Defenders is also working with livestock producers to discuss non-lethal programs to reduce potential livestock-wolf conflicts.

Caitlin Cattelino is the Denver-based National Outreach Representative for Defenders of Wildlife and has been with the organization for nearly 10 years. She works across the state with diverse environmental organizations and grassroots activists to increase public support and awareness for pressing wildlife issues. She manages a team of volunteers and citizen activists that work with elected officials and within the community to advocate for effective wildlife conservation legislation and endangered species recovery. Prior to joining Defenders, Caitlin interned with the Ecology and Economics Research Department at The Wilderness Society in Denver where she worked on oil and gas issues in the western United States. Caitlin received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology (minor in Conservation Biology) from Colorado State University and her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School.

The film Canis Lupus: Colorado is the story of the past, present and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. The film explores the “ghosts that are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight.” The film was shown on March 10 in Salida as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

The program will take place at the Buena Vista Community Center from 7:00 until 8:30 pm.

The cost of the program is $3 for GARNA members and $5 for non-members. Fees support coordination and promotion of GARNA programs.

Online registration is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door.


April 11, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St
Buena Vista, CO 81211 United States
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PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.