May 31, 2018

USA: Eco-Champion Dr. Rob Wielgus reaches settlement with Washington State University but will resign

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Washington, DC — Washington’s leading wolf expert has resolved his complaint of harassment and infringement of academic freedom against its state university, according to a joint statement issued today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), representing the researcher, and Washington State University (WSU). The complaint concerned WSU administrators’ acquiescence to political pressure brought by the livestock industry to muzzle research showing that ranchers could largely eliminate wolf-related predation by following inexpensive best practices.
Professor Robert Wielgus was Director of WSU’s Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory that did pioneering research into how to reduce conflict between gray wolves and livestock. His work became controversial after he showed that lethal control was not an effective means to reduce livestock depredation and that certain ranchers were provoking wolf predation to trigger policies requiring the state game agency to kill the entire wolfpack.