Conserving Migratory Wildlife

A new report from PERC, Elk in Paradise: Conserving Migratory Wildlife and Working Lands in Montana’s Paradise Valley, reveals the complex and sometimes conflict-prone relationship between private landowners and elk in Montana’s Paradise Valley. Based on extensive surveys and interviews with the valley’s residents about their attitudes toward wildlife, Elk in Paradise identifies and discusses the points of conflict between people and elk. It also suggests what landowners need to remain good stewards of an important migration corridor and critical winter range for the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd.

Join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 11 am MDT for a panel discussion on the report’s findings and how they can contribute to efforts to conserve wildlife migration corridors in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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About the Panelists:

Whitney TiltPERC Impact Fellow
Whitney is a PERC impact fellow and author of the recently released report Elk in Paradise: Conserving Migratory Wildlife and Working Lands in Montana’s Paradise Valley. He is also a principal of Conservation BenchMarks, a consultant on natural resource conservation, and a partner in High Country Apps LLC, developing interactive field guides for smartphones and tablets.
Arthur MiddletonWildlife Ecologist
Arthur is a wildlife ecologist with a particular interest in developing solutions to human-wildlife conflict. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College, a Masters of Engineering Management from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. He also currently serves as a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, a Trustee of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a research associate of the Wyoming Migration Initiative, and a science advisor to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Malou Anderson-Ramirez Anderson Family Ranch,
Tom Minor Basin Association

Raised on the family ranch, Malou continues to manage that land today, raising cattle through a holistic ranching practice. She is the president and founder of TEAL Enterprises, co-founder of the Tom Miner Basin Association, and is a partner of The Common Ground Project. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montana State University.
Druska KinkieRancher, Paradise Valley
Together with her husband Rich and family, Druska owns and operates a cattle operation in the Paradise Valley of Montana. She serves as a chair of the Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group and is active in her community advocating on behalf of fellow ranchers looking to mitigate landowner-wildlife conflict. She served as chair of the Park County Elk Brucellosis Working Group in 2014 and is a member of the citizens working group helping to develop a new elk management plan for the State of Montana.
Catherine E. SemcerResearch Fellow, PERC
Ms. Semcer’s work focuses on rights and market-based solutions to policy challenges in conservation geopolitics, environmental security, and sustainability.