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Rob Wielgus is  a recently retired Associate Professor and Director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University. He is an internationally recognized expert in the study of large carnivores. For the last 30 years, Rob has studied population, behavioral, and habitat ecology of large carnivores (such as grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, cougars, lynx) and their prey (such as mountain caribou, mule deer, bighorn sheep).


He is also an expert in the study of the interactions of large carnivores, humans and livestock. His Large Carnivore Lab is renowned in the carnivore research and management community for conducting cutting edge research and management programs. Rob’s research on the effects of hunting male carnivores on population dynamics has won international acclaim.


He has published over 30 peer reviewed scientific papers on field experiments on large carnivores. Rob obtained his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, M.S. at University of Idaho, and B.S at Brandon University.

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