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Summer Speaker Series- Kim Titchener
September 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFREE
Learning to Coexist with the Wildlife of Jackson Hole.
Jackson Hole is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the iconic grizzly bear. Millions of people flock to this region each year to live, work and play, while others call this place home. Many want to live with the wildlife that share this place, but are at a loss at how or are not aware that they are having negative impacts on local wildlife.
Human-wildlife conflicts continue to rise across North America, as more people venture and choose to live where wildlife roam. Countless animals will lose their lives each year to vehicle strikes, habitat loss, conflicts with people, and for gaining access to human food and garbage. The list goes on. A recent study released on large carnivore attacks, attests that half the attacks that do occur, are human caused. With this in mind, what can we as a community do to reduce our impacts on wildlife and reduce the number of attacks we see each year in this region?
Join Kim Titchener, a human-wildlife conflict specialist from Alberta, Canada as she shares her ideas and experiences from working with communities, governments and industry on living with wildlife safely and helping to keep them on the landscape.
Bear Safety & More’s founder, Kim Titchener has worked on wildlife conflict reduction programs with multiple government agencies, communities and industry for 12 years. She lives in bear country, and in Alberta this can mean almost any area of the province, but Canmore is the place she calls home.
Kim soon learned first-hand the challenges we face living with wildlife. Out of the misfortune of seeing so many bears die due to human interface, and the tragedy we deal with when interactions with bears go wrong, she was inspired to dedicate her career to helping communities and businesses learn to live smart with wildlife.
Since then she’s worked on bear conflict reduction programs with multiple government agencies, and spearheaded the creation and facilitation of WildSmart, a multi-stakeholder coalition established to reduce human wildlife conflict in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country.
Building WildSmart into a nationally recognized conservation strategy and community model for reducing conflict between people and wildlife. Her experience in engaging others in social behavior change to create a bear safety culture in communities and industry has led to speaking engagements throughout Canada and the U.S.
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