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Best Available Predator Science and the Law

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On December 18, 2018, the Wolf Conservation Center hosted Dr Adrian Treves for a special webinar, “Best Available Predator Science and the Law.” Predator conservation in North America is split along several fault lines that make it difficult to restore many large carnivores to native habitats. One of the fault lines is the legal basis for U.S. predator preservation. In the webinar, Dr. Treves summarizes two views of the U.S. public trust doctrine and compares how differently proponents of those views might make decisions with a case study of Wisconsin’s gray wolves.

To learn more about Adrian’s work, please visit the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Visit the WCC’s Scientific Webinar Library for more educational presentations.


Adrian Treves earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1997 and is now a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2007, Dr. Treves founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adrian’s research focuses on how to balance human needs with wildlife conservation and he has authored more than 150 scientific papers on predator-prey ecology or conservation.


January 7, 2019, Adrian P. Wydeven, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Cable, WI, Timothy R. Van Deelen Ph.D. CWB®, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, and Nathan M Roberts, PhD., Furbearer, Wolf and Bear Research Scientist, WI DNR, Rhinelander, WI submitted comments in response to the webinar re wolf management in Wisconsin. View them here.