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IBA Management Committee

Rich Beausoleil, Chair
Bear & Cougar Specialist
Karelian Bear Dog Program (Cash)
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
3515 State Highway 97A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 664-3148

Dan Bjornlie
Large Carnivore Biologist
Wyoming Game & Fish Dept.
260 Buena Vista
Lander, WY 82520
Phone: (307) 332-7723 x249

Mike Hooker
University of Georgia
180 East Green St
Athens, GA 30602

Carl Lackey
Game Biologist
Karelian Bear Dog Program (Rooster)
1100 Valley Road
Reno, NV  89512
Phone: (775) 720-6130, 

Dave Telesco
Bear Management Program Coordinator
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street MS 6B
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 922-4330

Mark Ternent
Black Bear Project Leader
Pennsylvania Game Commission
351 Howard Divide Rd
Howard, PA 16841
Phone: (814) 625-3597

Jennifer Vashon
Canada Lynx and Black Bear Biologist
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
650 State St. Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 941-4238

What is the IBA Management Committee?

How Can IBA Membership Benefit Bear Managers?

Membership in IBA provides managers with resources focused specifically on bears, something no other organization provides. 

Members receive:

A subscription to Ursus

  • Many articles present results of applied research on bear biology and management.
  • Printed copies are published twice a year.

A subscription to International Bear News (IBN):

  • A diverse collection of reports from the field, regarding on-going bear research, management, and conservation.
  • A list of recent bear-related publications, including internal agency literature.   
  • Notifications about upcoming bear conferences, meetings, and other events.
  • Reviews of books, articles pertinent to bears in history and culture, a Student Forum, and announcements of bear-related employment opportunities. 

Other Membership Advantages:

  • Access to a network of like-minded professionals, helping managers stay abreast of techniques that have been successfully implemented to manage bears and people.
  • Access to the online IBA Member Discussion Forum.
  • A vote in IBA elections and on IBA resolutions. IBA is the preeminent organization dedicated to science-based bear conservation and management, and membership can increase your professional connections, opportunities and credibility.
  • Opportunity to apply for grants (over $70,000 given out each year) for research in bear biology, management practices, and conservation, and for  collaborative work-exchanges between projects. 

The IBA is committed to providing a balance of research and management for bear researchers and managers worldwide.

Additional Plans that will Benefit Managers:

  •  Adding an online library of workshop and conference presentations so members can view topics based on their interests.