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ISU professors conducting survey to gauge how fish and fishing in Greater Yellowstone ecosystem are perceived

August 10, 2016

POCATELLO – Idaho State University political science Professors Donna Lybecker and Mark McBeth want to know how anglers and the public feel about fish and fishing in the Southeast Idaho region of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Photo of an angler in waders standing in a stream holding a big trout.The professors are circulating a survey, and are seeking as much input as possible from people in the Southeast Idaho portion of the Greater Yellowstone region in Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville, Jefferson, Madison, Fremont, Caribou and Bear Lake Counties.

“We are interested in human perceptions of the environment and the interplay between humans and the environment,” McBeth said. “We want information on their knowledge of fish in the greater Yellowstone and also how people think about fish and fishing.”

The ISU professors will present the results of their survey at the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that will be held Oct. 4-6 at Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming.

The Biennial Scientific Conference series is dedicated to highlighting the successes and challenges within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Since 1991, the conference has become the foremost scientific venue for researchers, conservation groups, and management partners with a shared interest in understanding the geologic, cultural and biological resources of the region.

This year’s conference, titled “Building on the Past, Leading into the Future, Sustaining the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the Coming Century,” will bring together scientists, managers, students, community members, and others interested in the management of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem to examine resource challenges from a variety of perspectives. The goal is to exchange science-based information relevant to management and to identify resource challenges that demand new research.

The ISU survey on fish and fishing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/V56QPFG.