Russell Talmo

Rockies and Plains Program Associate
(406) 728-8800

Russ Talmo
Areas of expertise:  Wildlife co-existence, reducing human/bear conflict, and electric fencing. 

Russ joined Defenders in 2012. He is based out of the Missoula field office, working directly with landowners and management agencies while managing the Electric Fence Incentive Program and the Yellowstone Bison Coexistence Project. He also lends support to various field coexistence projects for black footed ferret, fisher, wolverine, bison and wolves. Prior to joining Defenders, Russ worked for 6 years on bear management and research with the Wind River Bear Institute and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He has experience promoting applied conservation in Minnesota, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Canada. He attended Colorado State University and later the University of Montana, where he earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a B.A. in Psychology.


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November 2014 - More than 100 wild bison were brought to Fort Peck Indian Reservation, adding to this historic conservation herd.
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June, 2013 - With years of success using nonlethal methods to keep wolves and livestock safe, our Wood River Wolf Project hosted a training workshop to teach the same methods to others from across the country.
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