Kyle and Steve sit down with Dr. Clayton Lamb to talk conservation. Our subject ranges from endangered caribou to Bighorn Sheep mortality in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.
Clayton is a wildlife scientist at the University of British Columbia and University of Montana working with First Nations, governments, scientists, and land stewards on Indigenous-led caribou conservation. He also focuses on wildlife connectivity and road ecology across western North America. To say that we have an expert on the cast when it comes to Bighorn collisions in the Radium area would be a gross understatement.
He works at the interface of population ecology, human-wildlife coexistence, and wildlife management. Clayton’s work provides rigorous and insightful evidence that informs wildlife management, theoretical population ecology and maximizes conservation gains for wildlife, wild places, and local land stewards.
In the past 10 years 200 Bighorn sheep have died in a very narrow section of highway near Radium due to collisions with vehicles. Is it time to actually do something meaningful for wild sheep or should we just fall back on the hunting regulation discussion to recover these herds? You tell us.