Best Available Predator Science and the Law

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. He also addresses the contentious history of the Endangered Species Act and how science and supposition about lethal management of grizzlies, wolves, coyotes, and cougars are at the core of the controversy.


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.

Comments on Webinar on “Best Available Predator Science and the Law”, given through the Wolf Conservation Center on December 18, 2018.