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Costly Hunt for Middle Ground on Wolves

posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:54 PM by chloe owens

1/4/2018, by Capital Press

Costly hunt for middle ground on wolves

With experience around the world tackling issues such as the trafficking of wild elephants in Africa, Francine Madden set about changing the conflicts within the Wolf Advisory Group into a dialogue. Francine Madden was used to walking into lions’ dens, almost literally. She had mediated conflicts over wildlife conservation efforts across Africa and elsewhere, helping groups whose members held vastly divergent opinions on wildlife conservation to find middle ground. To do that, she worked with them to build trust in her and one another so they could come off their extreme points of view…Enter Madden, of the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration — now called the Center for Conservation Peacebuilding. With experience around the world tackling issues such as the trafficking of wild elephants in Africa, Madden set about changing the debates into a dialogue, with each side allowed to have its say. Slowly at first, she helped build trust among the parties, who then set about coming up with a means of effectively managing wolves without putting ranchers out of business…But her efforts would be accompanied by a hefty price tag — about $1.2 million for three years. The department has now signed a two-year, $425,000 contract extension. She is paid $400 an hour to consult by phone and $8,000 a day to lead meetings in person. The contract also includes travel expenses. She will continue to work with the Wolf Advisory Group and train department staffers to help resolve conflicts as they arise in the future.

http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20180104/ARTICLE/180109968/1009

 

 

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