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WildSmart Speaker series presents Cougars in my backyard: co-existing with a large carnivore

WildSmart Speaker Series

 

Wednesday March 26th, 7 pm

Canmore Collegiate High School

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The event is free but donations are welcome and needed.

Cougar populations in Alberta are expanding.  In combination with growing human populations, rapid urbanization of rural and wilderness areas, and a culture of outdoor recreation in Alberta, cougars and people are now in closer, more constant contact than ever before.  There are few places in the province where this is more evident than in the Bow Valley, where encounters between cougars and people are not uncommon and two cougars were shot after killing pets in December 2013.  Incidents like these raise questions about how humans and cougars can better co-exist, including questions about what management actions are appropriate to facilitate co-existence.

 

In this talk, Kyle and Aliah Knopff will present some of their research on cougars in Alberta and discuss implications of their results for managing human-cougar interactions.  Topics addressed will include cougar habitat selection and response to anthropogenic landscape change, human perceptions of cougars, predation patterns and risk to people and pets, and developing effective wildlife corridors.

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Our speakers:

 

Aliah and Kyle Knopff have been studying cougars in Alberta since 2005. They have monitored dozens of cougars with the help of advanced GPS technology in several parts of the province, from remote wilderness to agricultural and ex-urban landscapes. They have published a number of scientific papers on cougar and recently contributed to the 2012 update to Alberta’s provincial cougar management plan. Both Kyle and Aliah have a deep connection to the wild creatures and wild places of Alberta and are dedicated to effective conservation and management of both.

cougar with collar

 

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