Suzanne Asha Stone

Suzanne Asha Stone has been on the front lines of wolf restoration in the Western USA since 1988. She began in the role of university intern for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, and Nez Perce Tribe’s Central Idaho interagency wolf recovery steering committee. There, she coordinated reports of wolf sightings around the state and helped the search to document wolves in the wild places of Idaho. After graduation, Suzanne served on the Central Idaho and Yellowstone wolf reintroduction teams in the mid-1990s, caring for wolves awaiting transport in northern British Columbia and then releasing them in central Idaho. In 1999, she was recruited by Defenders of Wildlife as their Idaho based wolf conservationist covering wolf conservation across much of the West from the Rockies to the Pacific Northwest and California. Often her work placed her at the heart of the sociopolitical war over the return of the wolf where she recognized that wolves would never escape human persecution until people found a way to live in peace with them.

Suzanne completed her master’s program in Wildlife Conservation and Conflict Management at Prescott College and then turned her attention to helping scientists, ranchers, and wildlife managers develop and test nonlethal methods that proactively protects livestock from wolves and other native predators. She founded the Wood River Wolf Project in 2008 to demonstrate that wolves can coexist with sheep operations on national forests when adequate nonlethal deterrents are consistently applied. She is the lead author on the first landscape level wolf and sheep nonlethal measures study Adaptive use of nonlethal strategies for minimizing wolf–sheep conflict in Idaho.

Suzanne is now the Executive Director of the International Wildlife Coexistence Network where she is now helping protect wolves and other imperiled wildlife with communities around the world.

Suzanne’s awards include:

  • 1999 – US Fish and Wildlife Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to Idaho Wolf Recovery Program
  • 2003 – US Fish and Wildlife Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Program
  • 2008 – Alpha Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Program
  • 2015, 2017 – Christine Stevens Award for Innovation in Wildlife Conservation, Animal Welfare Institute
  • 2020 – National Recipient, W.O.L.F Sanctuary’s Susan Weidel Tribute Award for Leading Wolf Conservationist, Sedona Wolf Week

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