Examining social tolerance and conflict in the management of migratory bison

Peter Metcalf

University of Montana, Missoula

Peter is a conservation social scientist currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Montana. His research interests center around the human dimensions and natural resource policy aspects of wildlife conservation, public lands management, and ecological restoration. For his dissertation, he is investigating what factors shape intergovernmental cooperation and decision making in the implementation of an adaptive management plan for Yellowstone-area bison.  Peter teaches undergraduate courses at the University of Montana in the Natural Resource Management and Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management programs as well as for the Wild Rockies Field Institute. In his free time he enjoys recreating on public lands and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. 


Wildlife restoration often depends more on social tolerance than on biological or ecological factors. One prominent example is the decades-long controversy surrounding the migration of wild bison from Yellowstone National Park... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Peter Metcalf (University of Montana, Missoula)
  2. Libby Metcalf (University of Montana, Missoula)

Topic Areas

Topics: Human-Wildlife Conflict , Topics: Changing Demographics and Fish and Wildlife Management , Topics: Transboundary Species Management


M-1B » Understanding the Complexities of HWC (10:00 - Monday, 18th September, Assembly Hall B)

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