Content for information on the IBA Manager’s Corner is currently being updated.

We are currently putting together information about the Manager’s Corner. If you have questions about how to submit an article for the Manager’s Corner section of the IBN, please contact the Management Committee 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 the Committee Chair, Carl Lackey.

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Agency Manuals, Conflict Literature and Survey Results

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

Download Agency Manual

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 Conflict Literature

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
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Download Survey Results
Carl Lackey, 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 is a member of The Wildlife Society and the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA). He serves as Chair of the IBA’s Management Committee and as an Associate Editor for the journal Human-Wildlife Interactions.


Nevada Department of Wildlife
Reno, Nevada
United States of America

+1.775.720.6130
Dave Telesco


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

+1.850.922.4330
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

+1.919.920.6302
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

+1.907.267.2185
Maria Davidson


Maria Davidson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southwest Louisiana and her MS from Louisiana State University. She has an extensive wildlife background that ranges from primate reproductive physiology research to 10 years in the zoo field. The desire to become involved with indigenous wildlife conservation efforts prompted Maria to accept a position with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. During her 23-year tenure with the Department, Maria has worked on wetland projects, non-game projects and ultimately became the Large Carnivore Program Manager where she coordinated the research efforts for the recovery of the Louisiana black bear.


Large Carnivore Program Manager
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Lafayette, Louisana
United States of America

+1.225.931.3061
Kim Annis


Kim Annis is a grizzly bear management specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Kim specializes in resolving, mitigating, and preventing human-bear conflicts in rural northwest Montana. She is also involved in several human-bear outreach and education programs throughout Montana. Kim earned her B.S. degree in wildlife management at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, and her M.S. degree in wildlife ecology at University of Florida. In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking, drawing, reading, knitting, and training her dogs to just about anything.


Grizzly Bear Management Specialist
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Libby, Montana
United States of America

+1.406.293.4161 x207
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
Canada

+1.780.422.8411
Mike Badry


Mike Badry received his B.Sc. in Zoology in 1986 and his M.Sc. in Forest Science in 1994, both at the University of Alberta. He has worked as a provincial Park Ranger in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, a Furbearer Biologist with the Alberta Research Council, and a Forest Ecosystem Specialist in the Robson Valley in British Columbia. Mike moved to Victoria, BC in 1998 to become the provincial Furbearer Specialist, and in 2004 became BC’s first Wildlife Conflict Manager with the responsibility of implementing the Provincial Wildlife-Human Conflict Prevention Strategy. Mike has conducted research on numerous species including lynx, coyote, red fox, arctic fox, otter, fisher, marten, short tail and long tail weasel, raccoon, snowshoe hare, muskrat, and red squirrel. Conflict issues with bears, cougars, wolves and deer now occupy the majority of his time.


Wildlife Conflict Manager
Conservation Officer Service, Ministry of Environment
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada

+1.778.698.4276