How WildSmart are you? Speaker's Series. In the winter we hold the How WildSmart are you? Speaker’s Series to inform residents of Canmore and area of recent wildlife research and issues. If you missed our most recent WildSmart Speaker Series to learn about wildlife research and wildlife issues in the Bow Valley, you can listen to them online.

Wildlife biologist Sarah Elmeligi and her research team present their results about how grizzly bears and people use hiking trails in our parks, and the associated human risk on the trails. This talk focuses on the research, the people who have helped make it happen, and how the research feeds directly into park management. From on-the-ground research to the managers who set the policies, we all work together to understand how people and bears share space safely for everyone.

Speaker: Sarah Elmeligi

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Dr. Chris Servheen has spent over 34 years working on Grizzly Bear Recovery in the United States. Part of the Western Black Bear Workshops held in Canmore, Alberta, this talk gives us the opportunity to learn about the challenges and successes of that experience and how it relates to the current Threatened population of grizzly bears in Alberta.

Speaker: Dr. Chris Servheen - US Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator with US Fish and Wildlife Service

Jay Honeyman, local Human Wildlife Conflict Biologist with AESRD, and Glenn Naylor, local District Conservation Officer with Alberta Parks, walk us through the last decade of cougar-related data in the Bow Valley. This talk is a culmination of information on the types of interactions that have been reported in and around Canmore from 2001-2013, and includes an informative overview of these impressive felines.


Speakers: Jay Honeyman & Glenn Naylor

This presentation highlights the past 10 years of research undertaken by the Calgary Coyote Project (led by Dr. Shelley Alexander) in the City, the surrounding regions, and across Canada.  The talk begins with a summary of basic coyote ecology and issues surrounding conflict, and addresses questions like: What types of food do coyotes eat in urban and rural areas? How often do coyote attacks on people occur? What types of emotional responses do people have to coyotes? How often were pets being eaten by coyotes in the City of Calgary and surrounding rural area?  Are certain pets more vulnerable than others?  What kind of actions caused or mitigated attacks? And, finally, what is the media’s role in the social amplification of risk posed by coyotes?


Speaker: Dr. Shelley Alexander