International wolf experts discuss conflict and tolerance

By KBJR News 1

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) --- As wolf populations continue to reclaim portions of their historic range, questions of tolerance, conflict and humans' role in their future need to be answered. Dozens of wolf experts from across the globe are in Duluth to discuss these questions.

With wolf experts from 19 countries in Duluth for the 2013 International Wolf Symposium, you can expect exceptional and renowned research to be showcased.

But, more importantly, conversations are taking place about wolf management, conflict, and tolerance, worldwide.

For the last two years, the once protected gray wolf, has been subjected to hunts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"So many people from other countries are interested in coming and seeing and hearing the stories of what's happening now as we begin to pull the wolves back off the endangered species list," Rob Schultz of the International Wolf Center said.

Experts are sharing trials and triumphs of the evolving social and biological realities of wolves.

"We are comparing situations, in different parts of the globe,” Djuro Huber, a wolf expert from Croatia said. “You see where some things are the same and some things are different."

"I think we could do better at trying to understand and learn from Europeans of how we, in a place with relatively few people and a much bigger space, can start sharing space," Alistair Bath, a wolf expert from Canada said.

A four-day symposium, dedicated to understanding the crossroads between wolves and humans.

The International Wolf Symposium is an extension of the educational outreach at the International Wolf Center in Ely.

Jennifer Walch

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