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WA: Forks talk to focus on interaction of wolves and people

FORKS — A doctoral student from Uganda will explore the interactions between people and carnivores in Washington state during the next presentation in the Evening Talks at the ONRC series, which is from 7 to 8 tonight.

The presentation, “People and Carnivores in Washington State,” will be in the Hemlock Room at the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) at 1455 S. Forks Ave.

Free to attend

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served, and participants are encouraged to bring desserts for a potluck.

Carol Bogezi is in her fourth year of doctoral studies in wildlife sciences at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Her research is focused on understanding interactions between people and carnivores in Washington state.

She is investigating specifically the social and economic feasibility of wolf recovery in Washington state, as well as looking at how cougar movements influence human-cougar conflicts in exurban areas in the state.

Influencing factors

Her evening presentation at ONRC will focus on factors that influence ranchers’ participation in mitigation measures to better coexist with wolves.

Bogezi received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Bullitt Foundation in 2016.

She is in the data analysis and writing stage of her doctorate.

In addition, she participates in community development work by serving on the board of a nonprofit organization that gives scholarships to vulnerable and disadvantaged children in rural eastern Uganda.

Conserve nature

She strongly believes that by helping these students achieve an education, they too can get to appreciate and conserve nature instead of perceiving it as the enemy to their development, said Frank Hanson of ONRC as he announced the presentation.

Evening Talks at ONRC is funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry and collegiate education for the Forks community.

For more information, contact Hanson at 360-374-4556 or