Chair of the WBRA, Jeff ranches with his wife and five children south of Cardston, Alberta just 3 miles north of the Montana border. His children are the 5th generation on their land which Jeff’s great grandfather purchased in 1917. Important to Jeff are his community, his family and his ranch. As he saw these three things which mean so much to him being heavily impacted by a growing number of large carnivores in the area, he committed himself to making positive changes which would see the reduction of large carnivore conflicts. Jeff is also the Coordinator for the WBRA Carnivore Working Group which directs “Carnivores and Communities ”
Mike is a large carnivore specialist who worked with Parks Canada for 33 years, most recently as the Carnivore Specialist for Mountain Parks until that position was retired. His experience in the area of reducing large carnivore conflicts with people is broad and includes work with not just grizzlies but wolves, coyotes and black bears.
Rancher and Area Coordinator for the WBRA Carnivore Working Group, Tony ranches with his wife Lorainne and their two children near Twin Butte, Alberta. 2014 marked their family’s 100th year on the farm. For years Tony has been working on initiatives to reduce human/carnivore conflict both as an active member of various community groups and through projects on his ranch.
Jen’s family came to the Waterton Park, Alberta area in 1888, where she continues to ranch today. Living so close to a national mountain park like Waterton means that they often see a large number of carnivores including black and grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes and cougars. Over the years the family has implemented a number of management changes and completed projects aimed at reducing conflict with large carnivores. Jen is also the Communications Coordinator for the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association (WBRA).
Andrea came to the Waterton Biosphere Reserve doing a masters project on predation of livestock by wolves. She is now the Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Program coordinator and working on completing her PhD at the University of Alberta. Her research has been very well received by the local community, where she is a trusted scientist. Andrea is also a WBRA board member.
A third generation rancher and WBRA Director, Shane ranches with his wife Laurel and two sons. His family purchased their first piece of land in 1924 in the Boundary Creek area. Throughout the years his family has noticed a big change in the number of bears they are seeing, something that has had a large impact on his cattle operation and on the people who call his ranch home.
Leanne is a filmmaker based in Canmore, Alberta. She has directed two award-winning documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada, Being Caribou (2004) and Finding Farley (2009).Both films are based on long epic personal journeys through remote wilderness areas in Canada. Each journey shapes the next, including her first foray into the world of interactive through Bear 71. All of Leanne’s projects explore themes of threatened wildlife and our connection to nature in the modern age. You can view Leanne’s website here.