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Monday, January 25 • 11:20am - 11:40am
Teaming Up To Preserve Prairie, People, and Pets: A Collaboration Between The Northern Cheyenne Tribe and Lincoln Park Zoo

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AUTHORS: Mary Beth Manjerovic, Lincoln Park Zoo; Rachel Santymire, Lincoln Park Zoo; Evan Sorley, University of Minnesota; Adriann Killsnight, Northern Cheyenne Reservation; Mark Roundstone, Northern Cheyenne Reservation

ABSTRACT: For over 6 years, Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL) has been working with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to engage the community and build capacity to support the restoration of the prairie ecosystem on the reservation located in southeastern Montana. The area is rich in wildlife and in need of restoration as it is one of the few black-footed ferret reintroduction sites. Through teacher workshops and resources, including camera traps, we have been sharing information on wildlife and culture to inspire the interest in science and develop programs for education, upward bound and summer youth programs. Additionally, we are investigating the relationship among human, wildlife and domestic species to ensure the health of community and wildlife on the reservation. This research stems from the large number of free-roaming dogs on the reservation with uncertain ownership status and limited veterinary care. Free-roaming dogs pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of humans, livestock and wildlife, acting as both vectors and reservoirs of infectious pathogens. We conducted a series of community surveys to assess dog ownership practices including veterinary care and possible contact with wildlife, and conducted a ‘photographic recapture’ survey to determine the size of the dog population. This study emphasizes the importance of building collaborations to develop effective and culturally sensitive strategies for the management of wildlife and ecosystem research.

Monday January 25, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am EST