Erin Edge

Rockies and Plains Representative

Erin EdgeAreas of Expertise: Coexisting with wildlife, Grizzly bear conservation, Grizzly bear compensation trust, Electric fencing incentive, Outreach, Education, Proactive, non-lethal approaches to managing bear-human conflicts and wolf/human conflicts, Collaborative partnerships

Erin has been working with communities in Western Montana to reduce bear-human conflicts through outreach and proactive projects for more than a decade, the last five of which have been as Defenders’ part-time Bear Aware Coordinator.  Before her work with Defenders Erin served as Director of Education for Brown Bear Resources in Missoula, Montana.  Erin work involves numerous outreach events and programs, as well as working directly with communities, livestock producers, and state/federal/tribal agencies to implement proactive techniques to minimize grizzly bear-human conflicts and provide compensation to ranchers who have lost livestock to grizzly bears.  Erin will be assisting Defenders wolf conservation program on implementing non-lethal methods to reduce conflicts between wolves and people and increase awareness about wolves in the region.

Erin Edge holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana.

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Bison with calf, © Diana LeVasseur
Success Story
November 2014 - More than 100 wild bison were brought to Fort Peck Indian Reservation, adding to this historic conservation herd.
Success Stories
July, 2013 - As part of the People's Way Partnership, Defenders is helping to spread the word about the wildlife crossings that are connecting important habitat in Montana.
Success Stories
May, 2013 - Despite a state legislative session plagued with threats to wild bison, all 14 harmful bills have been defeated!