Nelson Institute professor, Adrian Treves working with the Minister of the Environment for France

November 29, 2019

Nelson Institute professor and founder of the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, Adrian Treves, is currently one of sixteen experts serving on the Minister of the Environment for France scientific council on wolves. This council was established to advise the Minister of the Environment for France, Élisabeth Borne, on scientific consensus relating to wolf-livestock interactions, wolf-dog hybrids, and other issues related to wolves.

Treves, who studies wolves as a part of his work in the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, has mainly been communicating with the council via mail or phone, but visited Lyon, France from October 17-18, 2019 to discuss the topic and present his summary document. In November, the council chair, Dr. Pierre Taberlet of the University of Grenoble in the Alps, presented the document and other findings to Minister Borne.

"The French government and our federal, state, and tribal governments alike are still feeling our way forward to finding a just path to preserving nature for future generations without unduly harming individuals who face daily coexistence challenges,” Treves said. “Fortunately, the science has advanced tremendously in the last decades, so I was able to share recent international consensus on protecting domestic animals from wolf predation without overwhelming harm to health of any actor involved."