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John & Frank Craighead Lecture: Ungulate Migrations of Wyoming: Ecology and Conservation amid Changing Landscapes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
12:00 AM
Museum of Natural History

Matthew Kauffman, Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming; Director, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and U.S. Geological Survey

Wyoming harbors vast, open landscapes still capable of supporting long-distance ungulate (hoofed mammal) migrations. These herds of big game move across rugged landscapes up to 150 miles to access the seasonal habitats that allow them to find adequate forage. Such migrations require animals to cross multiple-use lands, some of which are changing rapidly. Because of this, ungulate migration is difficult to manage and conserve. This talk will describe some of the most pressing challenges to the conservation of ungulate migration routes in Wyoming and the West, and the new conservation tools that are bringing people, agencies, and NGOs together to make these journeys easier for migrating big game.

Matt Kauffman and his graduate students are conducting studies on elk, wolves, moose, deer, and bighorn sheep in Wyoming, addressing the influence of habitat condition, drought, predation, human disturbance, and energy development on these species. A primary focus of Kauffman’s work is to provide scientific information to groups who seek to manage or conserve Wyoming’s wildlife.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Program in the Environment, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Museum of Natural History. For more information, contact Kimberly Smith at

Matthew Kauffman, Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming