If you have questions about how to submit an article for the Manager’s Corner section of the IBN, please contact the Management Committee Co-Chair Carl Lackey.

The Management Committee works closely with IBA Council to develop programs and resources for managers. If you are interested in finding out more about the IBA management committee, contact either Carl Lackey or Dave Telesco, Management Committee CO-Chairs.

If you are looking for proceedings from eastern and western black bear or the human-bear conflicts workshops, they are now located on the Publications Page

Agency Manuals, Conflict Literature and Survey Results

Download 2015 Agency Manual

Title: Responding to Human-Bear Conflict & Capture-Handling of Black Bears – A Field Techniques Guide for Agency Bear Biologists and Officers. 2015 Version 3.0
Author: Richard A. Beausoleil & Carl Lackey

Download 2022 Agency ManualDownload Survey Results

Title: Responding to Human-Bear Conflict and Sage Capture and Handling of Black Bears: A Field Techniques Guide 2022
Author: Richard A. Beausoleil, Carl Lackey, and Lindsay Welfelt

Download Conflict Literature

Title: Human-Black Bear Conflicts: A Review of Common Management Practices. Human-Wildlife Interactions Monograph Number 2.
Author: Carl W. Lackey, Stewart W. Breck, Brian F Wakeling, and Bryant White.

Download Survey Results

Title: Agency responses to a 2015 Agency Black Bear survey conducted for the Western and Eastern Black Bear Workshops
Author: Richard A. Beausoleil & Steve Dobey

Carl Lackey, Co-Chair

Carl Lackey is a game biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) in northwest Nevada near Lake Tahoe. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1990 and has been with NDOW since 1993. His primary responsibilities include black bear, cougar and fur bearer management, and addressing human-bear conflicts. Carl is one of two Karelian Bear Dog handlers with NDOW and uses his dogs extensively for human-bear conflict and research. He serves as Co-Chair of the IBA’s Management Committee alonside Dave Telesco. Carl is a member of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, North American Bear Expert Team, and he is an Associate Editor for the journal Human-Wildlife Interactions.

Nevada Department of Wildlife
Reno, Nevada
United States of America

Dave Telesco, Co-Chair

Dave Telesco graduated with a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Resources from Virginia Tech. After graduation, Dave worked for 4 years on a variety of wildlife projects across the country. He earned his M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at The University of Tennessee, where he worked on bear population estimation and habitat modeling. He has worked as the Bear Management Program Coordinator for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission since December 2008. Dave’s main focus at FWC is to take actions to ensure and maintain the successful recovery of the Florida black bear while alleviating and preventing human-bear conflicts.

Bear Management Program Coordinator
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, Florida
United States of America


Dave Battle

Dave Battle is the Area Biologist for Game Management Unit 14C (Anchorage) for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). During his 25-year career in wildlife management, he has worked as a wildlife research technician for universities, a wildlife specialist for USDA-Wildlife Services, and as a civilian game warden and wildlife biologist on a military installation. He joined ADF&G in 2011 as the Assistant Area Biologist for Game Management Unit 14C, moving into the Area Biologist position in 2015.

Wildlife Biologist
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Division of Wildlife Conservation
United States of America

Hilary Cooley

Hilary is the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for over 10 years, first as the Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the Northwest Region and then as the Polar Bear Program Lead in Alaska. She also spent time working for Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a regional wolf biologist. Her wildlife career began working on mountain lions in Wyoming and then in Washington, where she received a M.S. and Ph.D. studying mountain lion prey selection and population demographics at Washington State University.

Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Missoula Montana
United States of America


Paul Frame

Paul Frame is the Provincial Carnivore Specialist for Alberta Environment and Parks. He is responsible for policy initiatives and general coordination of provincial level programs for bears, wolves, and cougars. Before joining the Department in June of 2014, Paul worked as a biologist with polar bears in Nunavut, and wolves in the Northwest Territories, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Alberta. He has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Ecology from the University of Alberta.

Provincial Carnivore Specialist
Environment and Parks
Edmonton, Alberta

Lindsey Mangipane

Lindsey Mangipane is a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Polar Bear Team. Since joining USFWS in 2019, Lindsey’s work has primarily focused on preventing and mitigating human-polar bear conflicts. Additionally, Lindsey works as one of the representatives for the United States to the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Range States). Before joining the USFWS, Lindsey worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks where she helped to resolve conflicts between grizzly bears and people. She then attended graduate school at Mississippi State University where she completed her master's thesis evaluating the effects of dietary plasticity and landscape heterogeneity on brown bears in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Lindsey lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and their dog, Stanley.

Wildlife Biologist, Polar Bears
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Marine Mammals Management
Anchorage, AK
United States of America

Colleen Olfenbuttel

Colleen Olfenbuttel is the statewide Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist for North Carolina (12+ years) and has been involved in bear research and management for about 20 years. She received a B.S. in wildlife biology from Ohio University (1996) and a M.S. in wildlife management from Virginia Tech (2005). She is an active member of The Wildlife Society (TWS), serving on various boards, and has been a member of the IBA since 2000. She previously served as co-chair of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Large Carnivore Working Group, is a member of the Southern Appalachian Black Bear Study Group, serves on the Eastern Black Bear Workshop Steering Committee (EBBW), and has been on several planning committees for the EBBW.

Black Bear & Furbearer Biologist
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
United States of America

Mark Vieira

Mark Vieira has been the statewide program manager for black bears, mountain lions and furbearers for Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2017. He is responsible for coordination and implementation of statewide management and harvest programs as well as influencing and developing policy and funding prioritization for game carnivore species. Previously, Mark served as a game biologist in north-central Colorado for CPW from 2001-2017. He has a B.A. biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University.

Carnivore and Furbearer Program Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
United States of America


Tammy Waldrop

Tammy Waldrop is a Wildlife Biologist with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. She graduated with a MS degree in Wildlife from Clemson University in 1997. After graduation, Tammy worked as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for several years before moving back to South Carolina to Work with SCDNR. Tammy worked with the Land, Water and Conservation Division for many years assisting farmers and landowners with natural resource protection and wildlife management through US Farm Bill programs. Since 2010 Tammy has served as a Unit Biologist and the Upstate Black Bear Coordinator for SCDNR

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Carolina
United States of America