Trail Break Radio – Episode 8: Backcountry Bliss and Wildlife Wellness

Is our growing presence in the backcountry stressing wintering wildlife and degrading their habitats?

Photo Credit: Josh Metten

Can we responsibly use wildlife habitat as our playgrounds? How can we keep wildlife in mind, keep disturbances and displacements minimal as climate change increases, and ensure that wildlife populations can be resilient in an uncertain future? 

In this week’s episode of Trail Break Radio, Hilary Eisen (Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Policy Director and self proclaimed wildlife nerd) chats about wildlife conservation strategies three wildlife experts.

Meet the Experts 

Sarah Dewey is a Wildlife Biologist at Grand Teton National Park and the Chair of the Teton Range Bighorn Sheep Working Group. She monitors, researches, and manages the ungulate populations in the park, including bighorn sheep, bison, elk, moose, mule deer, and pronghorn.

“National Park Service we have a really strong conservation mission. It is also to provide for the enjoyment of the people. But in order for people to enjoy those natural and cultural resources, they have to exist.” – Sarah Dewey

Kurt Hellman is the Senior Coordinator of the Wildlife-Recreation Coexistence Program for Conservation Northwest. While supporting conservation efforts through grassroots activism, Kurt also works to better the relationship between wildlife and outdoor recreation across Washington state.

Mike Crosby is a 34-year veteran of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, now Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He currently serves as President of the Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails committee and helped found the Wintering Wildlife Conservation Initiative in 2021.

Tune in to “Backcountry Bliss and Wildlife Wellness ” to see how we can mitigate new stresses on wildlife during their most sensitive season.

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