Grand Teton biologist to discuss ‘Competition for a Grand Landscape’

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott invites wildlife enthusiasts to learn about the many animals that roam the park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and discover how humans can live responsibly and compatibly with local wildlife.

Steve Cain, Grand Teton’s senior wildlife biologist, will provide an overview of the current status of various wildlife species that occupy home ranges within the park and parkway at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium at Moose, Wyo.

Park officials said in a statement that Cain’s audio/visual program offers “an excellent opportunity to learn about the compelling creatures” that populate the Jackson Hole landscape. Cain will also provide important information about how people can live in harmony with wildlife that require and depend on the natural resources found across northwestern Wyoming.

As the senior wildlife biologist for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Cain has directed wildlife conservation, research, and management programs since 1989.

Cain’s work in Jackson Hole has included detailed studies of elk, bison, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bears, wolves, and birds of prey. He has also collaborated on dozens of projects in the private sector, academia and other government organizations, including international assignments in Mexico and Mongolia. In previous positions, Cain coordinated peregrine falcon reintroduction programs for the National Park Service’s Rocky Mountain Region, studied bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and other birds throughout Alaska for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked as a bear biologist in Yosemite National Park, and researched native salmon and steelhead populations for the State of Oregon.

He has received numerous awards for his work in wildlife conservation, has authored or coauthored dozens of scientific publications on wildlife ecology, is professionally certified as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society, and has been featured in a variety of internationally distributed media.

This public program is free and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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