Human/Wildlife Conflicts Committee

The Human/Wildlife Conflicts Committee was established by the President to be comprised of members from the Board as appointed by the President and affirmed by the Board. The committee meets annually at the WAFWA summer and mid-winter meetings. The committee’s approved Statement of Purpose: 

“To identify the highest priority human/wildlife conflict issues and pool information regarding successful techniques to address them; to identify those wildlife damage and human/wildlife conflict issues where effective management techniques are lacking, and make recommendations to member agencies for the development of new alternatives, and to facilitate the exchange of information regarding human/wildlife conflict among the western states and provinces”.

Hosted Workshops

The Committee will periodically host trainings and workshops as sanctioned by WAFWA, but there is no regular schedule for these events.  The last workshop was a “Wildlife Human Attack Response Team” training hosted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and held April 29-May 3, 2019 in Girdwood, AK.

Related Events

Event Type Date Location
Western Black Bear Workshop Workshop October 29, 2020
Human/Wildlife Conflicts Workshop Workshop October 29, 2020

Members List

Justin Shannon, Chair
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Mark Heckbert, Member
Alberta, Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch
Tony Kavalok, Member
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Gene Elms, Member
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Scott Gardner, Member
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Reid DeWalt, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Melinda Wilkinson, Member
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Greg Wooten, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Jon Rachael, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Jake George, Member
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Ken McDonald, Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Sam Wilson, Member
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Jamie Chambers, Member
Northwest Territories, Wildlife Division Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
Stephanie Yuill, Member
Northwest Territories, Wildlife Division Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources
Mike Scott, Member
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
Bill Dinkines, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Cory Jager, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Doug Cottam, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Colin Gillin, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Keith Fisk , Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Mike Gollop, Member
Saskatchewan, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Calvin Richardson, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Covy Jones, Member
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Richard King, Member
Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.